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Soap Dispensers Definitions

ABS Plastic
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, or ABS, is a common thermoplastic used to make light, rigid, molded products.  These include piping, musical instruments (most notably recorders), golf club heads (used for its good shock absorbance), automotive body parts, wheel covers, enclosures, protective head gear, and soap dispensers.  In plumbing, ABS pipes are the black pipes (PVC pipes are white) and also in Plastic Pressure Pipe Systems.

The ABS plastic material combines the strength and rigidity of the Acrylonitrile and Styrene polymers with the toughness of the Polybutadiene rubber.  The best mechanical properties of ABS plastic include impact resistance, toughness, and heat resistance.  Impact resistance does not fall off at lower temperatures.  Permanence under load is excellent with limited loads.  These properties make ABS Plastic a perfect choice for use in soap dispensers.  Soap dispensers made with ABS Plastic will perform for years to come.

PVC Plastic
PVC is a tough hard-wearing synthetic resin material that comes from polyvinyl chloride.  It is made by polymerizing vinyl chloride.

PVC is used in a diverse range of consumer goods, from bags, bottles, toys and televisions, through to fashion, flooring, art and sports equipment.  For more on PVC visit

Recessed Soap Dispenser
A recessed soap dispenser is mounted in the wall or flush to the surface.  This type of mounting may also be referred to as "In-Wall".  Recessing the soap dispenser is common in new architectural installations because of it saves space, has a clean appearance, and can help reduce vandalism.

Surface Mounted Soap Dispenser
See Wall Mounted Soap Dispenser

Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is an iron-carbon alloy with a minimum of 10.5% chromium content.  The name comes from the fact that stainless steel does not stain, corrode or rust as easily as ordinary steel.  Type 304 and 316 are two of the most command grades available today.  Both types are well suited for use in commercial washroom accessories.  Common uses of stainless steel are everyday cutlery, toilet paper dispensers, mirrors, waist receptacles, hand dryers, and soap dispensers.

  • Type 304 stainless steel is the most common grade, also known as 18/8 stainless steel.
  • Type 316—the second most common grade (after 304) adds molybdenum prevents specific forms of corrosion.


Wall Mounted Soap Dispenser
A wall mounted soap dispenser is mounted on the surface of the wall or on other surfaces like mirrors or partitions.  This type of mounting may also be referred to as "Surface Mounted".  In residential, hotel, and commercial restrooms, this is the most common way soap dispensers are mounted.





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