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Toilet Paper Dispenser Guide

Determining the proper size and type of commercial toilet paper holder for your business' restrooms requires careful consideration of how often the restroom will be used, how often it will be maintained, and how much space is available for the toilet paper dispenser. Toilet paper dispensers come in sizes to fit standard or jumbo size rolls, and beyond size, there are plenty of options and accessories to fit virtually any need.

Toilet Paper Holder Dimensions

Every toilet paper dispenser has a "roll size" that it fits. The toilet paper holder size is equal to the diameter of the roll itself (including paper and core), and therefore determines whether the roll is classified as "standard" or "jumbo" in nature. Most dispensers are not adjustable, so once you have settled on a dispenser, you must always use the designated roll size for that unit.

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  • Fits standard size toilet paper rolls
  • Lower capacity than jumbo roll dispensers
  • Better suited for low traffic environments, or areas where space is of concern
  • Great for use in hotel rooms, small, intimate establishments, and office restrooms
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  • Fits jumbo size toilet paper rolls
  • Higher capacity than standard roll dispensers
  • Better suited for high traffic environments

Toilet Paper Dispenser Capacity

The number of rolls a dispenser holds directly impacts the amount of maintenance the dispenser will require. Commercial toilet paper holders are available in single roll, double roll, or quad roll capacities. The more rolls, the less maintenance, however; the more rolls, the more space it will require.

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Toilet Paper Dispenser Stub Roll Section

It used to be that when toilet paper rolls ran low, operators had to decide between throwing away the low (stub) roll, or risk running out of toilet paper in the affected dispenser. Not any more. Many multiple roll dispensers are now designed to protect additional rolls of toilet paper until the first roll is completely used, thereby eliminating the risks of stub roll waste and the unfortunate occurrence of paper running out.

Sliding panels can be moved over to reveal the next roll (in horizontally-aligned models), or the next roll can simply drop into place (vertically-aligned models) once the stub roll is exhaused.

How San Jamar Toilet Paper Holders with Stub Roll Sections Work

  1. Load a fresh roll of jumbo toilet paper into the main compartment.
  2. Once that roll has been used down to a 5" or 6" stub roll (depending on the model), move it into the stub section.
  3. The new roll will become accessible only when the stub roll is finished so that you can now use every last sheet on each and every roll without worrying about your toilet paper holder going empty.

Open vs. Enclosed Roll Toilet Paper Dispensers

Toilet tissue dispensers come in open and enclosed styles. Each has its own benefits and limitations.

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  • May be more prone to bacteria
  • Often less expensive than enclosed dispensers
  • Ideal for establishments looking for an affordable option
  • Fast, easy maintenance
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  • Typically more expensive than open dispensers
  • More sanitary and easier to clean
  • May hold more paper than their open counterparts
  • Some have translucent covers for easy viewing of remaining paper levels
  • Others have cut out viewing slots for monitoring paper levels

Types of Toilet Paper Holders

Toilet tissue dispensers come in recessed, surface mounted, and partition mounted styles.

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  • Preferred choice when space is an issue
  • Designed to be put flush with the wall
  • Typically planned for and installed during build or remodel, not after the fact
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Surface Mounted Toilet Paper Dispensers

  • More traditional than recessed toilet paper dispensers
  • Installed when space isn't as much of a concern
  • Attach directly to the wall or stall
  • Can be replaced when one breaks or when an upgrade is desired without a major renovation
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Partition Mounted Toilet Paper Dispensers

  • Another option for when space is an issue
  • Combines toilet paper and disposable toilet seat cover dispensing
  • Mounted centered between two toilet stalls to serve both at once
  • Serve both compartments at once
  • Can also offer sanitary napkin disposal options built right in for even more efficiency in a single unit

Toilet Paper Dispenser Materials

Toilet paper dispensers are available in plastic or metal models. Both materials ensure longevity, and each has their own set of advantages in commercial settings.

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  • Easy to clean
  • Come in a variety of colors
  • Resist scratching for a professional look
  • Often made of durable polypropylene or ABS plastic material
  • Many are available with translucent surfaces so your staff can quickly see when refills are needed
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Metal Toilet Paper Dispensers

  • Extremely durable
  • Naturally blend in with most decor
  • Can be polished to perfection with the right chemicals and cloths
  • Come in 20 or 22 gauge stainless steel, chrome-plated metal or steel, or cast aluminum options

Locking/Vandal-Resistant Toilet Paper Dispensers

Locking or vandal-resistant toilet paper dispenser prevent theft and misuse with added guards against vandalism and theft. These dispensers typically require a lock-and-key operation to open and close the dispenser during maintenance, and may feature concealed brake or tension springs to provide controlled delivery of toilet paper, stopping the roll from spinning freely. Locking toilet paper holders are perfect for highly-trafficked areas such as public restrooms, rest stops, and gas stations.

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How to Open a Toilet Paper Dispenser

To open an enclosed, locking toilet paper dispenser, follow these simple steps:

  1. Retrieve key
  2. Unlock dispenser
  3. Remove stub roll/core
  4. Place new roll in the dispenser
  5. Close dispenser
  6. Return key to storage hook

Other Considerations for Toilet Paper Dispensers

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ADA Toilet Paper Dispensers

  • Meet the criteria established by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), helping make your business more accessible to people with disabilities.
  • In ADA Compliant restrooms, grab bar clearance is key when choosing a toilet paper dispenser. This little bit of extra room ensures plenty of clearance for a grab bar to be installed.
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  • Folded toilet paper dispensers offer one-at-a-time dispensing, as opposed to roll style dispensing.
  • Ideal for use in health care facilities and other high-risk establishments.
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Integrated Teeth

  • Provides smooth, easy tearing of the tissue paper to provide reliable performance.
  • Integrated teeth built right in at the dispensing level.
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  • Use when an enclosed unit isn't feasible.
  • Provide protective shields atop the roll, acting as a guard against contamination.
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Rounded Top

  • Rounded tops are not only stylish, but prevent the dispensers from being used as shelves.
  • Minimize abuse and extending the product's life.
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Utility Shelf

  • Great for placing personal items or extra rolls.
  • Show your customers that you care about their needs.

Feminine Hygiene Dispensers and Receptacles

Keeping your restroom stocked with essential feminine hygiene products is easy when you have the right feminine hygiene dispenser for the job. But how do you determine what's "right" for you? We're here to help.
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Key Considerations When Purchasing a Feminine Product Dispenser

Where will the feminine product dispenser be installed?

Feminine product dispensers come in recessed, semi-recessed, and wall mount options. Determining which style will work in your establishment is priority number one. Do you have space behind the wall for the unit to be recessed (or semi-recessed) into the wall? If so, you have the benefit of out-of-the-way operation with this type of unit. Should the unit need to be mounted to the wall, a wall mount dispenser is the way to go for easy installation in virtually any restroom.

How many products do you wish to offer?

Once you know how your dispenser will be mounted, it's time to decide how many products you'll be vending. We carry dispensers that vend two or three products at a time, with varying capacities per chamber.

Single Coin, Double Coin, or No Coin?

Profitability is the next consideration when determining the feminine product dispenser that's right for your business. We carry single coin, double coin, and no coin options for just this purpose. Many dispensers are field-convertible to allow for single, double, or no coin operation, and most come pre-set on one of these settings.

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Sanitary Napkin Receptacles

Other vital components in any commercial restroom are sanitary napkin receptacles. Sanitary napkin receptacles are available in recessed or wall mount options, and can be plastic or stainless steel in composition. These receptacles make it easy to safely and sanitarily dispose of feminine hygiene products in a discreet fashion that your patrons will appreciate. 

Sanitary Napkin Disposal Bags

It's a good idea to line your sanitary napkin receptacles with sanitary napkin disposal bags to increase sanitation and convenience for restroom users, while providing a clean and easy method of receptacle emptying for your staff. Sanitary disposal bags come in a variety of sizes to fit most common dispensers, and most are made of dry wax paper to prevent leaks. Feminine hygiene disposal bags often feature an undercut lip to enable easy opening, for proper, discreet disposal of feminine hygiene products.

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