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Commercial Paper Towel Dispenser & Automatic Paper Towel Dispensers

Whether you are looking for a commercial paper towel dispenser for your high traffic restroom or just need a paper towel holder for your residential kitchen, we have what you are looking for at CleanItSupply.com. Our assortment can be used in kitchens, cafeterias, schools, nursing homes, hospitals and restaurants as well as private homes. Our commercial paper towel dispensers will help you save precious counter space. Available in a number of designs, many of our hand towel holders help to prevent cross contamination in restrooms or kitchens. Whether your choose our touchless dispensers for hands-free operation, or our push paddle dispensers that require only limited hand or elbow contact, you are ensuring a healthy, environment for your employees, clients and guests. We also offer an excellent selection of center-pull commercial hand towel dispensers that prevent the spread of nasty germs by dispensing on at a time, allowing the user to only touch the paper towel they will use. Whether you are looking for stainless steel or plastic, we have some great options in a number of colors to fit your needs. Have a certain décor in mind for your restroom? Check out our line of wholesale toilet paper dispensers to complement your paper towel holder and add an elegant touch to any bathroom.

When was the paper towel invented?

Scott Paper Company was founded by brothers E. Irvin and Clarence Scott in Philadelphia in 1879. Scott Brand Tissue with 1,000 sheets was introduced at a cost of 10 cents per roll. It was considered a medical item; print ads were used to increase awareness and address embarrassment.

Arthur Scott, head of the paper products company, had big trouble. An entire railroad car full of paper, unloaded at his plant, wasn't good for anything because the paper had been rolled too thick for toilet tissue, its intended purpose. Was he going to send the whole load back?

Meanwhile, Scott heard about a certain teacher in the city school system who had developed a novel idea to help fight colds in school. She gave every runny nosed student a small piece of soft paper to use.  That way the roller towel in the toilets would not become contaminated with germs. Scott decided he would try to sell the carload of paper. He perforated the thick paper into small towel-size sheets and sold them as disposable paper towels. Later he renamed the product Sani-Towel and sold them to hotels, restaurants, and railroad stations for use in public washrooms.

In 1931, Scott introduced the first paper towel for the kitchen and created a whole new grocery category. He made perforated rolls of "towels" thirteen inches wide and eighteen inches long. That is how paper towels were born. It was to take many years, however, before they gained acceptance and replaced cloth towels for kitchen use, according to IdeaFinder.com.

Why are paper towels the smartest option for drying hands?

Effective hand hygiene is crucial to minimize the spread of infection. Public washrooms, which serve many people each day, must offer a safe and effective method for hand drying. Single-use paper towels are the optimal choice. When compared to other hand drying methods, scientific studies and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend paper single use towels as the most hygienic choice. In fact, many healthcare authorities are stipulating that only paper towels be used as the method of hand drying in hospitals.

According to EuropeanTissue.com, disposable paper towels offer the best protection against disease. Electric hand drying devises and especially Jet Air Dryers can spread pathogenic micro-organisms. Viruses can survive on hands for a considerable time: Influenza lasts 10-15 minutes, Herpes for up to two hours, the common cold for up to one week and Rotavirus, which causes gastro-intestinal infections, for up to 60 days. Proper hand washing and hand drying are essential to minimize infection. Paper towels spread significantly fewer bacteria and viruses – both on surfaces and in the air – to offer the least contaminated washroom environment. Numerous studies by some of Europe’s leading microbiologists and bacteriologists confirm that paper towels offer the most hygienic option for hand drying.

Paper towels are preferred by washroom users. They are soft and absorbent, and do not make a loud, disturbing noise like jet air dryers. Paper towels are quick and efficient to use and do not require users to wait in line. They simply take a towel, dry their hands and leave. And if you need to dry your face, they are suitable too. An observational study of almost 4,000 people at the Interclean trade fair confirms that the vast majority of users prefer paper towels over jet air dryers for hand drying in public washrooms. The study observed the behavior of visitors in the men’s and women’s facilities. Although each washroom offered both a jet air dryer and paper, 90% or more of both men and women chose to dry their hands with paper towels. Some of the jet air dryer users even used paper towels to finish drying their hands. As if that’s not enough reason to use disposable paper towels, six experts working in hospitals and universities in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the UK signed an eight-point consensus: Hand drying: an important part of hand hygiene. It highlights the importance of hand drying and explains that air dryers blow water with microbes off of the hands and into the air, contaminating others in the washroom.

What is the difference between C fold and multifold paper towels?

Hunker explains that both c-fold and multifold paper towels are standard types of paper towels offered in commercial bathrooms. This includes bathrooms located in places like retail stores, churches, office complexes, public buildings, schools and hotels. Both types of paper towels fit in paper towel dispensers, and many dispensers accommodate either type.

The sizes of both types of paper towels vary by manufacturer. Both are approximately 9 to 13 inches long by 9 to 12 inches wide when opened up. When closed, they are approximately 3 inches wide. When purchasing towels for a dispenser, measure the dimensions of the dispenser to determine what size to order.

Although c-fold and multifold paper towels look similar, they differ in the way they are folded. A c-fold paper towel is folded in the shape of a "C," most noticeable when the towel is completely unfolded. C-fold paper towels are not interlocked, but instead they simply lie on top of each other. A multifold paper towel has a "Z" type fold to it. It is folded this way to allow the towels to interlock with each other.

C-fold and multifold paper towels are available generally in white or a recycled brown color. The prices for these vary depending on size of package, distributor, ply and texture. Both types of paper towels are relatively economic for public buildings. They are often less expensive than purchasing paper towels on the roll, although public buildings also commonly use roll paper towel.

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Child Categories

Hardwound Roll Towel Dispensers

C-Fold - Multifold Paper Towel Dispensers

Kitchen Paper Towel Dispenser

Scottfold Paper Towel Dispensers

Singlefold Paper Towel Dispensers

Center Pull Paper Towel Dispensers

Automatic Paper Towel Dispensers

Palmer ExiTowel Dispensers

Products

San Jamar T400 Center-Pull Paper Towel Dispenser, Black Pearl (SAN T400TBK)

Combi-Fold Vista Paper Towel Dispenser, 1 Each (GPC 566-50/01)

San Jamar T1900 Stainless Steel Folded Paper Towel Dispenser (SAN T1900SS)

San Jamar Multi-Fold Paper Towel Dispenser, Chrome (SAN T1900XC)

Crank Hardwound Roll Paper Towel Dispenser, White (SJMT800WH)

Georgia Pacific Hygienic Push-Paddle Paper Towel Dispenser, Smoke (GPC 543-38)

San Jamar Integra Lever Paper Towel Dispenser, Black Pearl (SAN T850TBK)

San Jamar Oceans Large-Capacity Ultrafold Paper Towel Dispenser (SAN T1790TBK)

San Jamar T1700 High Capacity Ultrafold Hand Towel Dispenser (SAN T1700TBK)

San Jamar T1100 Lever Paper Towel Dispenser, Black Pearl (SAN T1100TBK)

Matrix Series Multi-fold Paper Towel Dispenser, 1 Each (BOB 5262)

San Jamar Mini Combination Cabinet Style Paper Towel Dispenser (SAN T1950XC)

San Jamar T1390 Tear-N-Dry Electronic Towel Dispenser, Black (SAN T1390TBK)

San Jamar Perforated Kitchen Roll Towel Dispenser, Chrome (SAN T451XC)

Kimberly Clark Center Pull Hand Towel Dispenser, Smoke/Gray (KCC 09989)

San Jamar Smart System Touchless Paper Towel Dispenser (SJMT1490TBK)

SofPull High-Capacity Touchless Center-Pull Paper Towel Dispenser (GPC 582-01)

SofPull Regular-Capacity Center-Pull Towel Dispenser (GPC 582-04)

Bobrick Classic Stainless Steel Paper Towel Dispenser (BOB 262)

San Jamar Standard Steel Singlefold Towel Dispenser, White (SAN T1800WH)

San Jamar Tear-N-Dry Essence Electronic Towel Dispenser, Black (SAN T8000TBK)

San Jamar T1300 Tear-N-Dry Electronic Roll Paper Towel Dispenser (SAN T1300TBK)

True Fold Metal Front Cabinet Paper Towel Dispenser (SAN T1905WH)

True Fold Metal Front Cabinet Paper Towel Dispenser (SAN T1905XC)

Continental Single Fold Paper Towel Cabinet - White (CON630W)

Continental Combo Paper Towel Cabinet, Chrome (CON991C)

Palmer Auto-Transfer Push Lever Roll Towel Dispenser, Dark, Each (PFO-TD0215-01)

Palmer Auto-Transfer Push Bar Lever Roll Towel Dispenser (PFO-TD0215-02)

Palmer Push Bar Lever Paper Towel Dispenser, White Cover (PFO-TD0215-03)

Palmer Crank Roll Paper Towel Dispenser, White Steel (PFO-TD0185-17)

Electra Automatic Touch-Free Paper Roll Towel Dispenser, White (PFO-TD0245-03P)

Palmer Electra Automatic Touchless Roll Paper Towel Dispenser (PFO-TD0245-02P)

Palmer Electra Automatic Touchless Roll Towel Dispenser (PFO-TD0245-01P)

Palmer Hands-Free Roll Towel Dispenser, Translucent Dark (PFO-TD0400-01)

Palmer Hands-Free Auto-Cut Roll Towel Dispenser, Smoke (PFO-TD0208-01A)

Palmer Hands-Free Auto-Cut Roll Towel Dispenser, White Cover (PFO-TD0208-03A)

Palmer Hands-Free Roll Towel Dispenser, Black (PFO-TD0208-02A)

Palmer Multifold Paper Towel Dispenser, Plastic (PFO-TD0179-01)

Multifold Paper Towel Dispenser, Plastic, Dark Translucent Cover (PFO-TD0179-02)

Palmer Multifold Paper Towel Dispenser, White Plastic (PFO-TD0179-03)

Palmer Multifold and C-Fold Towel Dispenser, Translucent Dark (PFO-TD0175-01)

Palmer Multifold & C-Fold Paper Towel Dispenser, White Cover (PFO-TD0175-03)

Palmer Multifold and C-Fold Towel Dispenser, Metal (PFO-TD0170-17)

Palmer Multi-Fold & C-Fold Towel Dispenser, Brushed Steel (PFO-TD0170-13)

Palmer Roll Paper Towel Lever Dispenser, Translucent Dark (PFO-TD0210-01)

Palmer Self-Adjusting Center-Pull Towel Dispenser, Dark Gray (PFO-TD0255-01)

Palmer Singlefold Paper Towel Dispenser, White Steel (PFO-TD0091-17)

San Jamar T1755 Ultrafold Fusion Folded Towel Dispenser, Black (SAN T1755TBK)

San Jamar T950 Element Lever Operated Roll Towel Dispenser, Black (SAN T950TBK)

SofPull Automatic Touchless Paper Towel Dispenser (GPC 584-70)

The Cleaning Station, All-In-One Sanitizing System, Black (CH-10020)

The Cleaning Station, All-In-One Sanitizing System, Silver (CH-10022)

Bobrick Classic Paper Towel Dispenser, Satin Stainless Steel (BOB262)

Georgia Pacific C-Fold/Multifold Towel Dispenser, Translucent Smoke (GPC5665001)

Sofpull Center Pull Hand Towel Dispenser, Smoke Gray (GPC58201)

Georgia Pacific Push-Paddle Roll Towel Dispenser, Translucent (GPC54338)

Sofpull Center Pull Hand Towel Dispenser, Smoke Gray (GPC58204)

Georgia Pacific Automatic Sofpull Roll Towel Dispenser, Smoke (GPC58470)

Kimberly Clark 09989 Roll Control Center Pull Towel Dispenser, Smoke (KCC09989)

Kimberly Clark In-SightTouchless Electronic Roll Towel Dispenser (KCC09993)

Kimberly Clark 9905 Universal Folded Paper Towel Dispenser, Gray (KCC09905)

Kimberly Clark 9992 Electronic Touchless Towel Dispenser, Smoke (KCC09992)

San Jamar T1700 High Capacity Ultrafold Paper Towel Dispenser (SJMT1700TBK)

San Jamar T400 Center Pull Paper Hand Towel Dispenser, Black Pearl (SJMT400TBK)

San Jamar Mini Combination Hand Towel Cabinet Dispenser, Chrome (SJMT1950XC)

San Jamar Oceans High Capacity Ultrafold Towel Dispenser Blk (SJMT1790TBK)

San Jamar T1390 Tear-N-Dry Electronic Roll Towel Dispenser, Black (SJMT1390TBK)

San Jamar T1300 Tear-N-Dry Electronic Roll Towel Dispenser, Black (SJMT1300TBK)

San Jamar True Fold Metal Front Cabinet Hand Towel Dispenser, White (SJMT1905WH)

San Jamar True Fold Metal Front Cabinet Towel Dispenser, Chrome (SJMT1905XC)

San Jamar Integra Lever Roll Towel Dispenser, Black (SJMT850TBK)

In-Sight Sanitouch Hardwound Roll Towel Dispenser, Smoke/Gray (KCC09990)

Scott 10441 Slimroll Hard Roll Paper Towel Dispenser, Smoke Gray (KCC10441)

San Jamar T1100 Lever Roll Towel Dispenser, Black (SJMT1100TBK)

San Jamar T1400 Smart System with iQ Sensor Towel Dispenser, Black (SJMT1400TBK)

San Jamar Tear-N-Dry Essence Automatic Towel Dispenser, Black (SJMT8000TBK)

San Jamar Standard Steel Singlefold Towel Dispenser, White (SJMT1800WH)

San Jamar T1900 Combination Folded Towel Dispenser, Stainless Steel (SJMT1900SS)

San Jamar Combination Folded Hand Towel Dispenser, Chrome (SJMT1900XC)

San Jamar T7000 Simplicity Hands-Free Mechanical Towel Dispenser (SJMT7000TBK)

San Jamar T950 Element Lever Paper Roll Towel Dispenser, Black (SJMT950TBK)

Genuine Joe C-Fold Towel Dispenser, White Stainless Steel (GJO02197)

Genuine Joe Folded Paper Towel Dispenser, Stainless Steel (GJO02198)

Kimberly Clark 09905 Universal Folded Towel Dispenser, Smoke/Gray (KCC 09905)

Kimberly Clark 09991 Sanitouch Roll Towel Dispenser, White (KCC09991)

Kimberly Clark 09995 Sanitouch Hard Roll Towel Dispenser, White (KCC09995)

Kimberly Clark Sanitouch Hands Free Hard Roll Towel Dispenser, Smoke (KCC09996)

Kimberly Clark 09215 Scottfold Compact Towel Dispenser, Smoke (KCC09215)

Kimberly Clark 36065 MOD Slimroll Hard Roll Towel Dispenser, White (KCC36035)

San Jamar T1755 Fusion C-Fold & Multifold Towel Dispenser, Black (SJMT1755TBK)

San Jamar Roll Towel Dispenser for 11" Roll, Steel Finish, Chrome (SJMT451XC)

Bobrick Matrix Series Surface-Mounted Paper Towel Dispenser, Gray (BOB5262)

San Jamar Singlefold Towel Dispenser, Chrome, 1 Dispenser (SJMT1800XC)

Georgia Pacific SofPull Recessed Stainless Steel Towel Dispenser (GPC59316)

Kimberly Clark 34830 Slimfold Towel Dispenser, White (KCC34830)

Boardwalk 680590 TASKBrand Jumbo Roll Dispenser, Blue (BWK680590)

San Jamar Mechanical Hands-Free Towel Dispenser, Black Pearl (SJMT7590TBK)

Boardwalk 680592 TASKBrand Jumbo Roll Towel Dispenser, Blue (BWK680592)

Genuine Joe C-Fold/Multi-Fold Towel Dispenser Cabinet, 6 Cabinets (GJO02197CT)

Genuine Joe C-Fold/Multi-Fold Towel Dispenser Cabinet, 6 Cabinets (GJO02198CT)

Scott 46253 Essential Hard Roll Paper Towel Dispenser, Smoke (KCC46253)

Scott 46254 Essential Hard Roll Paper Towel Dispenser, White (KCC46254)

Boardwalk Hands Free Mechanical Towel Dispenser, Black (BWK1501)

Tork Compact Hand Towel Roll Dispenser, 12.49 x 8.6 x 12.82, Smoke (TRK83TR)

San Jamar Simplicity Mechanical Roll Towel Dispenser, Black (SJMT7400TBK)

Kimberly-clark Scottfold Towel Dispenser, Plastic, Brushed Metallic (KCC39712)

Kimberly-Clark D2 Hard Roll Towel Dispenser, 17 1/2 x 16 x 10, Smoke (KCC09073)

Scott Slimroll Electronic Towel Dispenser, 12w x 7d x 12h, Black (KCC47260)

Scott Slimroll Electronic Towel Dispenser, 12w x 7d x 12h, White (KCC47261)

Tork Singlefold Hand Towel Dispenser, Metal, White, Each (TRK70WM1)

Tork Towel Dispenser, Plastic, 8 x 9.12 x 14.39, Translucent Smoke (TRK86ECO)

Empress Hands-Free Hard Roll Paper Towel Dispenser, Black (TD023502-AA02)

Empress Hard Roll Paper Towel Lever Dispenser, Black (TD022002-AA02)

Empress Multifold Paper Towel Dispenser, Black (TD017902-AA02)

Genuine Joe Folded Paper Towel Dispenser, Black, 9 Dispensers (GJO11524CT)

Bobrick ClassicSeries Surface-Mounted Paper Towel Dispenser (BOB2620)

Tork Xpress Countertop Multifold Towel Dispenser, Stainless, Each (TRK302030)

Tork Elevation Matic Hand Towel Roll Dispenser, Black (TRK5510282)

Tork Matic Hand Towel Roll Dispenser, Intuition Sensor, White, Each (TRK5511202)

Tork Matic Hand Towel Roll Dispenser, Intuition Sensor, Black, Each (TRK5511282)

Tork Elevation Xpress Hand Towel Dispenser, 11.9 x 4 x 17 1/2, Black (TRK552028)

Kimberly-Clark Professional Towel Dispenser, Stainless Steel, Each (KCC09216)

Kimberly-clark Professional* Electronic Towel Dispenser, White, Each (KCC48856)

Kimberly-clark Professional* Electronic Towel Dispenser, Black, Each (KCC48857)

Scott Essential Electronic Hard Roll Towel Dispenser, White, Each (KCC48858)

Scott Essential Electronic Towel Dispenser, Black, 1 Dispenser (KCC48860)

Scott Control Slimfold Towel Dispenser, 13.3 x 5.9 x 18.9, Black (KCC49150)

Gen Lever Action Roll Towel Dispenser, Transparent, 1 Dispenser (GEN1605)

Gen Center Pull Towel Dispenser, 10 1/2" x 9" x 14 1/2", Transparent (GEN1606)

Gen Countertop Folded Towel Dispenser, 10.63" x 7.28" x 4.53", Black (GEN1607)

Gen Folded Towel Dispenser, 11" x 4 1/2" x 14", Smoke (GEN1608)

Tork Xpress Countertop Towel Dispenser, 12.68 x 4.56 x 7.92, Black (TRK302028)

Wausau Paper OptiServ Hands-Free Roll Towel Dispenser, Plastic, 9.81d x 16.81h x 12.12w,White (WAU86860)

Impact Metal Combo Towel Dispenser, 11 x 4.5 x 15.75, Off White, Each (IMP4090W)

San Jamar Mechanical Roll Dispenser, Translucent Black, 1 Each (SJMT7490TBK)

Tork Image Design Matic Hand Towel Roll Dispenser, Each (TRK461002)

Tork Elevation Mini Centerfeed Hand Towel Dispenser, Black, Each (TRK558028A)