can make a huge difference. For example, a sanitiser at a ratio of 256:1 in a spray bottle only requires 3.5g of chemical in the entire bottle.

“Certain chemicals can be incompatible with

each other: even a minor amount of another

chemical can make a huge difference.”

To prevent chemical carryover, facility managers should use a chemical dispenser that uses dedicated eductors or a select valve that has zero chemical carryover. Look for systems with technology that can channel incoming water to the proper eductor and meters the appropriate amount of chemical into the water stream. This will ensure that product mixing and chemical carryover does not occur when selecting a new product.


DISPENSER Different problems call for different solutions, but there are a number of general features to look for in a chemical dispensing system to ensure reliability, durability and accountability. Whether you have a large facility that uses numerous chemicals or a smaller business that requires one or two chemicals, it’s best to find a dispenser with:

number of cleaning products needed, thereby improving productivity and profitability. However, multipurpose chemicals require different dilutions for different uses in order to ensure effectiveness. For example, glass cleaning will likely use a lean dilution while other tasks, like disinfecting, require a stronger dilution.

To make sure a chemical dispenser is diluting each type of chemical properly, facility managers should look for a unit that can produce multiple dilutions to fill both bottles and buckets. This allows users to select different chemical dilutions, thereby preventing inaccurate measurements that can result in ineffective cleaning, or even surface damage or residue.

CHEMICAL CARRYOVER For dispensers that house more than one chemical, chemical carryover is a potential issue. Certain chemicals can be incompatible with each other, even in small amounts. With very lean dilution chemicals, a minor amount of another chemical

Easy-locking buttons: These allow users to save time when filling large volumes, such as sinks or mop buckets.

Advanced technology: Look for a system that uses advanced and patented technology that enables the perfect dilution rates with every use. For example, the EvoClean’s venturi technology guarantees unparalleled dilution accuracy for multiple products to ensure the right amount of chemicals are dispensed consistently.

A user-friendly interface: Dispensing systems should not be complicated to use, so make sure to find one with an interface that allows anyone – from new employees to experienced professionals – to use it regularly and confidently.

Simple installation: The easier a system is to install, the quicker it will be ready to use. To save on installation time, and help with maintenance and tubing purposes, it’s best to find a system with ample working space. Facility managers can even get units ‘pre-plumbed’ so that all they do is hang the unit on the wall and start dispensing chemical.

MAINTENANCE IS KEY When a car isn’t maintained regularly, problems are bound to arise. The same goes for chemical dispensing systems. It’s important to regularly maintain your dispensing system for optimal performance. This means that filters, tubing, metering tips and check valves should be checked and replaced as needed.

With proper maintenance, facilities will reap the benefits that dispensing systems provide, including:

• Accuracy – Well maintained dispensers produce correct dilutions which enable employees to achieve the desired cleaning results.

• Safety – Keeping dispensers in good shape reduces any potential contact with hazardous chemicals.

• Productivity – A well-maintained chemical dispenser will allow employees to quickly and easily prepare chemical dilutions. Gone are the days of manual measurement and time-consuming cleaning do-overs.

• Cost savings – With less chemical and water waste, businesses save money. Labour costs are also reduced when employees are able to clean successfully with the proper dilutions in the first instance.

• Sustainability – Dispensing systems reduce chemical and packing waste and limit greenhouse gases, as less fuel is required for shipments.


SUCCESS Some chemical dispensing problems can be avoided from the very beginning by ensuring the right system is purchased. Other issues may appear over time due to occasional maintenance needs or an inconsistency with water pressure or flow. Either way, there are a handful of simple solutions to aid each and every problem. By understanding potential issues and how to resolve them, facility managers can better control the important processes – like cleaning – that dispensers so efficiently and productively support. FEATURE | 37

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