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The Importance of Touchless Sinks

By Pro-Pacific / Apr 13, 2020


Hand hygiene is an important part of human health, especially when looking to curb infectious diseases like COVID-19. Prominent health organizations like the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and WHO (World Health Organization) have stressed the importance of a thorough hand washing routine, making sure people are properly washing their hands with hot water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds.

Because hand washing is so paramount to maintaining health, taking every necessary precaution in order to fight off bacteria and germs is critical. Having the proper routine, the essential preventative soaps and sanitizers, and the right sink equipment can go a long way in preserving your health. 

A touchless sink is a influential piece of health equipment. Touchless sink faucets utilize technology that enables you to start and stop water flow without touching the faucet, saving you the risk of spreading germs. Before we take a look at their additional value, let's learn more about how they operate.

Exactly How Does a Hands-Free Sink Work?

An automatic sink faucet has four main parts: a spout, solenoid valve, power source, and a sensor window.

Essentially, all the working parts of a touchless faucet are held by the spout. Spouts are made of different materials that include zinc, brass, and copper. Chrome-plated and nickel spouts are esthetically-pleasing and durable options as well.

The sensor window is undoubtedly the most essential part of a touchless sink. It detects the presence of a hand under the spout. Most sink sensors use infrared light and an infrared detector. Other automatic faucets have ultrasonic field sensors that help turn faucet valves on and off, automatically.

A solenoid valve controls the water flow in an automatic faucet. It uses a faucet sensor to open or close the waterway. When you place your hands under a hands-free faucet, the sensor detects and signals the solenoid to push the valve open. When you withdraw your hands, the sensor detects it and the valve closes. 

Now that we know how these sinks work, let's dive into some of the benefits attached to using a touchless sink.

Prevent Germs from Spreading

During the flu season, you need to be extra careful to avoid carrying and spreading germs. Germs include protozoa, bacteria, fungi, and viruses. They tend to linger on faucet handles for several hours. You can easily pick up these pathogens when turning off the water after cleaning your hands. With hands-free sinks, you can avoid the risk of spreading germs and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Conserve Water

You use about 2.2 gallons of water per minute each time you wash your hands, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Touchless sinks enable you to conserve a significant amount of water annually, as they turn off automatically. There's zero chance of leaving the water running after washing your hands or brushing your teeth. These sinks are not only beneficial to the environment but also a great way to minimize your water bill.

Convenience in the Kitchen

Proper hygiene standards dictate that you should wash fruits and vegetables before chopping, dicing, or slicing them. A touchless kitchen sink faucet makes it easier to prepare food because you don't need to turn the faucet off and on. It saves you time and effort in the long run. This type of faucet also reduces the risk of contaminating food in the kitchen, which can be quite a challenge when using traditional kitchen sinks.

Additionally, if you have a hand injury or are struggling with arthritis, this is the sink for you. You don't have to worry about touching and turning cold faucets.

Easy to Use

Touchless sinks have revolutionized how we use sinks. Not that we needed manuals before on how to operate taps, but it is easier for everyone, especially kids, to use modern automatic sinks. Place your hands under the spout and the water comes gushing out. All you need to do is thoroughly clean your hands with soap, withdraw them from the sink area, and dry them with a paper towel or a hand dryer.


Most automatic sinks are made of long-lasting materials that give you value for your money. Also, unlike traditional faucets, touchless sink faucets are not twisted and turned every day. Therefore, they do not wear and tear easily.

Finding The Right Sensor Faucet

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T&S Brass is the industry leader in the sensor faucet category. The T&S ChekPoint faucet line features numerous models with Above Deck Electronics, allowing for easy control, installation, and maintenance. These faucets were designed to help save water, money, and energy. They also have adjustable timed water flow and customizable auto time-out and shut-off delay savings to optimize water usage. 

Learn more about selecting the perfect electronic sensor faucet.

Touch-Free Handwashing Station

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Looking for an entire hands-free sink station? America’s largest broadline manufacturer of commercial foodservice equipment, Eagle Group, features an entire line of touch-free handwashing systems for you to choose from. Each HFL model includes a splash-mounted gooseneck faucet with electronic eye sensor, hands-free soap and sanitizer dispensers, automated paper towel dispenser and an Eagle hand sink with a MICROGARD® antimicrobial coating for protection. 

Find the the ideal hand sink from the industry's clean leader.

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Topics: T&S Brass, Eagle Group, touchless sinks, sensor faucets, health and safety

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