Stainless Steel Soap Dispenser Maintenance

Stainless Steel Soap Dispenser Maintenance

Soap dispensers are a simple and effective way of administering liquid hand soap into a user’s hands. However, from time to time these units can get dirty, clogged and broken. Here’s our quick guide to proper soap dispenser maintenance:

Use the right soap

First and foremost, it’s important to look at the soap recommendation sheet that comes with the stainless steel soap dispenser. Using the right type of hand soap goes a long way to ensure you don’t experience blockages, but can also help prevent any unnecessary tarnishing. The safest bet is usually to go with a pH neutral soap to avoid harsh acids or alkaline.

Clear blockages with warm water

If the dispenser hasn’t been used for some time, or you have clogged soap in the dispenser, avoid using objects to clear the blockage. Warm water should be enough to loosen and remove any hand soap residue effecting the use of your dispenser.  

Clean up spills and smears when refilling

When replenishing the dispenser’s contents, make sure that no soap residue is left on the unit. This is particularly important for stainless steel soap dispensers as if left for a prolonged time it could cause unsightly marks. If some is spilled, use only water and a microfibre cloth to remove it. If left for a long time, soap can leave brown deposits that can look a little like rust on some stainless steel units. This sometimes happens when the soap is left on the stainless steel surface and left to oxidise.  

Use a funnel

This tried and tested method works for almost all dispensers. Using a funnel removes the risk of your soap spilling over the edge of the soap reservoir and makes the job easier, cleaner and much more efficient. 

Removing brown deposits from stainless steel

For some of the aforementioned stubborn brown deposits, you’ll find that warm soapy water and a pan scrubbing pad or brush will be effective at removing them. Be sure to brush with the grain to avoid scratching and never use solvents or abrasive cleaning products. You might choose to use a stainless steel cleaner. However, as with the type of soaps being used, the best thing to do is check with manufacturer or supplier on which chemicals can and can’t be used with your unit. This will ensure that you don’t run into any problems further down the line, and keep your stainless steel soap dispenser looking shiny and new. 

If you have any further questions regarding soap dispensers, or need help selecting the best options for your washrooms, please get in touch with one of the team on 01202 650900.


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