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Closed Cartridge Dispensers vs. Bulk Fill: Who’s the real winner?

The bulk fill dispenser. You see them everywhere–those soap dispensers that are always accompanied by a puddle of goopy pink hand soap on the counter. Nine times out of ten, you don’t want to touch them, and we don’t blame you. A bulk fill dispenser is a breeding ground for bacteria and actually reverses the act of washing your hands all together. Why? Because bulk fill dispensers are unsanitary. They’re refilled by opening the container, leaving the reservoir wide open and ready for contaminates (bugs, airborne germs) to fall right into the very soap you put on your hands. Gross, right? We thought so too.

You might be wondering how you can stop this contamination, but the answer is quite simple: you can’t. This is why switching to a closed cartridge system is the best choice for you and your washroom patrons.

Generally speaking, bulk soap is considered the cheapest option, but, when making the decision between these kinds of dispensers and closed cartridge dispensers, you need to look past the cost and think about how sanitary it actually is.

Low cost bulk fill dispensers often have parts that are unreliable and need replacing. These constant repairs leave patrons without access to soap, which doesn’t reflect well on your business. Bulk fill dispensers also take more time to refill and maintain as it has to be done manually. Closed cartridge dispensers require a lot less maintenance–they’re designed to make refilling quick and easy. Most cartridges are designed to collapse as they’re used, so all of the soap is used up and not getting wasted. It’s also easy for the janitorial staff to monitor product levels so the dispensers are never out. Most of these cartridges can be replaced in seconds without having to remove them from the wall. They’re snap in so it only takes a matter of moments to replace them. These cartridges are also larger than most bulk fill dispensers, allowing for more hand washes between refills.

Closed cartridge dispensers are hygienic because the air doesn’t enter the system at all, which lowers the risk of microbial contamination. There’s virtually no opportunity for bugs, germs, and any other airborne contaminants to enter the soap, making closed cartridge systems far more sanitary than bulk fill.

Still wondering how a closed cartridge system can benefit you and your facility?

Contact Checkers today!