Paper Towels for the Surgery, Lab & Hospital
Drying the hands is almost as important as cleaning them. In healthcare, it is especially important to avoid communal cloth towels, as they are a breeding ground for germs and can lead to the transmission of germs from one user to the next. In principle, the hands can also be dried with hot air, e.g. with hand dryers, but they are rather uncommon in healthcare sectors. In fact, there is a danger that the germs, that haven't been removed during hand washing, could be blown off the hands and spread in the ambient air.
Instead, surgeries, hospitals and other healthcare facilities make use of hand paper towels. They not only absorb moisture, but also germs. One of their many advantages is, that the hand towels are disposed of immediately after use, so the germs can't spread in the environment.
A Short Introduction to Folds and Folding
The offer of disposable paper towels is large and can be very confusing. The terms "folding" and "fold" are sometimes mixed up or used incorrectly, resulting in bad buys.
The fold stands for the way the paper hand towel itself has been folded, while the folding indicates how the towels are laid together or bundled.
- With the C-fold, the paper is first folded down the middle so that it lies double, then the edges are folded inwardly to create the shape of a "C".
- With the V-fold, the paper towel is folded down the middle to create a "V" shape.
- With the Z-fold, the towel is folded twice to create a "Z" shape.
- With the W-fold, the disposable paper towel is folded three times to from a "W". What makes them special is, that this kind of tissues are generally connected through perforations instead of being interleaved.
The folding indicates how the paper towels are placed together. There are only two types of folding: layer folding and zig zag folding. In case of layer stacking, the paper towels are simply stacked on top of each other. This comes in handy if the towels are not used with a paper towel dispenser. In zig zag folding, the tissues are interlocked, so when one towel is withdrawn, the end of the next towel is pulled out as well without needing to be touched. This way, the untouched, clean towel is immediately ready for the next user.
Paper Towels Made From Cellulose
The most important aspect of disposable towels is their absorbent qualities. The more a paper towel is absorbent, the lower is the number of towels used when drying hands. As a result, absorbent towels are a lot less expensive and more environmentally friendly. As a result, paper towels are made of cellulose tissue, as this material absorbs moisture and is soft, tear-resistant and lint-free at the same time. These traits make cellulose tissues the ideal choice for use as disposable towels.
In general, single-use paper towels are offered in white, green or their natural colour. The colour holds no significance as tho their use and should not be seen as colour-coding. The choice of colour simply depends on personal taste.
Paper Towel Rolls as an Alternative to Folded Towels
The towel roll is an economical alternative to classic folded tissues. This is particularly the case, if the towel dispenser has been filled incorrectly or the paper towels are of poor quality, causing too many towels to be withdrawn at the same time. This problem does not exist with paper rolls.
Paper towel rolls are available in different versions for different paper roll dispensers. In fact, one can distinguish between rolls for manual roll dispensers and rolls for sensor dispenser. In manual paper roll dispensers, the paper is torn of by hand at a tear-off plate, while automatic sensor dispensers release a fresh sheet at a predefined length, when the user holds their hand to the sensor.
Hand Towels and Paper Towel Dispensers at Affordable Prices
In the Paper Towels category, you can buy packs of disposable multifold towels and multi ply roll paper towels from Kimberly-Clark, Tork or Stern at affordable prices. The 2-ply Tork Advanced paper towels, for example are C-fold paper towels with a particularly high level of absorbency. They can be used with the Tork Elevation Dispenser Classic, which can be found in the Paper Towel Dispenser category. Additionally, our Hygiene category offers a large assortment of supplies for personal hygiene, like washing lotions, toilet rolls and cremes.
Should you be unsure which size of interleaved paper towels you need for which lockable dispenser, just contact us! Our customer service will be happy to assist you via telephone, e-mail or live chat.