Touch-free hand washing

Opt for a sensor-controlled tap and soap dispenser

Good hand hygiene is essential in the fight against infectious diseases. We’ve known that for years, but since the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve become more aware of it. In many places it is recommended to wash hands frequently and properly to prevent the spread of germs.

Keeping clean hands gets significantly less attention. While the risk of contamination is significantly lower when people do not touch contaminated surfaces. Sensor-controlled taps and soap dispensers can help.

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Touch-free taps

The latest Dutch National Toilet Survey shows that the use of touchless taps is increasing dramatically. Restaurants and hotels in particular invest in these touch-free applications. Already in 2018, more than 14% of restaurant toilets had a touchless tap, whereas in healthcare only 3% of the locations had one. The study also showed that 1 in 4 traditional tap was contaminated; the installation of a touch-free solution is therefore a big step in the right direction.

Electronically operated taps are practical and hygienic. The user does not need to touch anything to operate the tap. They can be programmed to be extra economical with water and also offer the ideal ergonomics for hand washing. Some versions even have an automatic flushing system that prevents the formation of legionella bacteria, among other things.


How easy the installation of a contactless tap is depends on the existing washroom. Touch-free taps need electricity. There are three possibilities for this: mains power, batteries or a generator’s own power supply, which is powered by the pressure of the tap water. All electronics for setting up and maintaining the tap are safe and dry in the function box under the sink.

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Touch-free soap dispensers

In addition to taps, soap dispensers also play a major role in hygienically washing hands. The demand for sensor-controlled dispensers is therefore increasing sharply. Most of these soap containers are not closed systems and can be filled with for example: liquid soap, alcohol gel, disinfectant, lotions and creams.

The contactless operation keeps the device clean, but that’s not the only thing: often more smart features are built in. For example, a sensor can register when the user removes the hands, then stop the feed and thus prevent excess soap on the sink. It is pleasant for the user that not too much soap is provided, but also is cost saving. In addition, touch-free soap dispensers help prevent waste; they create up to 57% less waste than individually packaged cartridges.

Stern’s automatic stainless steel soap dispensers can be installed in the sink together with the tap, so that no soap residue is left on the sink. The antibacterial material is also easy to clean together with the tap, which improves hygiene.

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Touch-free hand drying taps

The most hygienic way to wash and dry hands is to do both above the sink. The Wash+Dry hand drying tap lets users wash and dry their hands completely touch-free. The residual water is drained immediately, so that no drops or germs end up in the trash, towel or floor.

For more information about Stern’s touch-free taps and soap dispensers visit the website or get in touch. If you want to know more about Geberit’s touch-free taps visit the website or get in touch. For more information about Dyson’s touch-free hand drying taps visit the website or get in touch.