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Top 10 Industries in Need of Heavy-duty Boot & Glove Dryers

Aug 24, 2017

Over the years, Williams Direct Dryers has developed some of the most innovative boot and glove dryers on the market. We know that durability is a necessity – not a luxury. Many first responders and government agencies rely on our heavy-duty boot and glove dryers to not only protect gear, but also to keep employees healthy. Here are the top industries in need of gear dryers:


There is a cancer epidemic among firefighters right now and the culprit is one we all know well: carcinogens. Carcinogens are released by “dirty” fires created by burning hazardous materials, including lead paint and furniture sealed in waterproof or stain-repellent sprays. These are just a couple of the most common potentially toxic materials hiding in any normal utility closet or residential basement, so it’s unavoidable for firefighters to come into contact with hazardous materials. This makes it so much more important to clean gear properly after each and every job.  Our heavy-duty gear dryers make it easy to get dry turnout gear shortly after washing. This helps your equipment last longer and be ready for use again quickly.


For the same reasons firefighters have to clean their equipment frequently, the mining industry must also be mindful of their gear. Oil and gas give off toxic fumes that can come home with workers each night on the fabric of clothing. Regular washing and proper drying techniques can help keep uniforms, helmets and other gear clean and ready for the next day of work.


Weekend drills are tough, but completing a training course with soggy gear is tougher. Our heavy-duty dryers eliminate 99.95 percent of fungus and bacteria when used properly, which keeps you healthier and better prepared for whatever life throws your way. To meet the versatile needs of the military, we offer wetsuit and hazmat suit dryers in addition to our standard boot and glove dryers.


Our gear dryers have actually been tested in medical environments. Williams Direct Dryers was contacted by the Akron Children’s Hospital to participate in a study on flight helmets used to transfer patients by helicopter. This study was conducted over a 13-month period and proved that our dryers are effective in eliminating germs and bacteria when used per the manufacturer’s instructions. Eliminating microbes is a crucial part of patient health and can truly be the difference between life and death for immunocompromised patients.


Whether you are the coach of a high school team, a member of a professional league, or want to take your game to the next level, our gear dryers can help. Our boot and glove dryers eliminate bacteria and fungi commonly found in athletic gear, including:

  • Staphylococcus Aureus
  • Streptococcus Faecalis
  • MRSA
  • Tinea Pedis (Athlete's Foot)

With cleaner gear, you can enjoy better smelling locker rooms and better performance – whether you’re training for a competition or simply want to beat your personal record.

Snow Sports

It’s common for skiers and snowboarders to come back to the chalet at the end of the day sopping wet. For many people, wet gear means waiting it out at the lodge while their equipment dries. Even then, you might be stuck with equipment that is still damp – making the second half of your day significantly less pleasant. Williams Direct Dryers manufactures gear dryers with fast drying times so your equipment can be ready in the time it takes to finish a cup of cocoa.

Water Sports

Whether you teach SCUBA lessons professionally or simply want to go jet skiing on a family holiday, our gear dryers can help. We carry specialized dryers for water sports that can accommodate everything from gloves and booties to wetsuits and SCUBA masks. Our drying techniques are non-abrasive and efficient, so your equipment will last longer and be ready for use again sooner.


For a five-diamond resort experience guests will love, many resorts have already turned to Williams Direct Dryers for equipment drying solutions. Our dryers are popular for chalets in snowy areas as well as tropical destinations where SCUBA diving is popular. Our team can help you choose a gear dryer suited for your resort’s needs so your guests can enjoy their vacations in complete comfort.

Food Service

With strict food safety and preparation regulations, it is important to make sure all food service employees maintain high standards of cleanliness and hygiene. Our uniform dryers make it easy to get fresh, clean clothes after a long shift in the kitchen. We also have special, non-touch drying components for boots. Our gear dryers can be customized to accommodate any hygiene gate or sluice.


Homeowners love our boot and glove dryers, too! We carry smaller models that fit into any mudroom. This is helpful for regions that experience heavy rainfall or snowy weather. Many parents even use their home boot dryer as a shoe rack so children can find and reach their footwear easily.

Our heavy-duty boot and glove dryers are built to be tough, but are gentle enough to prolong the life of uniforms, equipment and other gear essential to daily life. This is a worthwhile investment many organizations across the country have already made, including both the Canadian and U.S. militaries, as well as NASA.

Are you ready to join the Williams Direct Dryers family? Contact us today to find a dryer that is best suited for you.

Posted by Alejandra Anderson

10 Reasons to Trust Williams Direct Dryers

Aug 24, 2017

Williams Direct Dryers founded the boot and glove dryer industry with the establishment of our business back in 1989, so it’s no surprise that we continue to innovate nearly three decades later. We have embraced the needs of our consumers to develop heavy-duty boot and glove dryers that are now a standard in the industry. Whether you are an athlete, first responder, or simply love outdoor recreation, we have gear dryers you can count on for everyday use.

Quality Components

Williams Direct Dryers sources all components for our dryers in North America. This allows us to maintain strict control over the quality of our finished products. We use 16-gauge steel that is powder coated for durability. Our work is engineered to last for decades, so you get a product that lasts.

Health Benefits

A study by the Akron Children’s Hospital shows that Williams Direct Dryers were able to eliminate 99.95 percent of all microbes when used as directed. This prevents that “locker room smell” that typically accumulates in enclosed spaces where gear is stored. Our dryers help prevent a wide variety of bacteria and fungus, including:

  • Staphylococcus Aureus
  • Streptococcus Faecalis
  • MRSA
  • Tinea Pedis (Athlete’s Foot)

Whether our dryers are used for athletics or to help protect firefighters on the job, the health benefits are undeniable.

Noise Control

Part of our commitment to the health of our consumers includes hearing protection. Many other brands market efficient dryers, but fail to state the decibels at which their units operate. Williams Direct Dryers is proud to manufacture some of the quietest dryers on the market today. For comparison:

  • Clothes washer: 65-70dB
  • Dishwasher: 63-66dB
  • Normal conversation: 55-65dB
  • Microwave: 55-59dB
  • Williams Direct Dryers: mid 50's dB
  • Whisper, rustling leaves: 20dB
  • Breathing: 10dB


Many boot dryers are just that: for boots. Our heavy-duty dryers are built with a multipurpose design that allows them to be used for anything from boots and gloves to helmets, turnout gear, hazmat suits, and wetsuits. Our gear dryers can be ordered to hold as much – or as little – as you need.


Our gear dryers use a proprietary energy management system to reduce energy consumption during operation. This not only reduces our carbon footprint, but also helps businesses, homeowners and organizations save money. Going green does pay, after all!


Our heavy-duty boot and glove dryers are now available in portable, wheeled models that can be moved from room-to-room. We also offer smaller options suitable for in-locker use. These are perfect for professional sports teams, schools and even firehouses that require each person to keep their gear in top shape at all times.


While we do offer a wide range of time-tested models, we are equipped to manage custom orders as well. Choose the number of drying components you need, the size, and color (options include white or black) for a made-to-order drying rack that is completely your own.


Our boot and glove dryers are CSA (Canadian Standards Association) certified. This means we have met the most stringent standards for both product safety and performance. This certification helps us deliver the highest quality products to our customers, knowing they are receiving a quality product that will serve them for many years to come.

Reputation for Success

Our heavy-duty gear dryers are trusted by 5-star resorts, professional sports teams, law enforcement agencies, Canadian and U.S. militaries, and even NASA. They have discovered the value of high-quality drying systems from Williams Direct Dryers – and you can, too!

Customer Service

Our team is with you from the moment you hear about our brand and throughout the life of your drying system. We will help you select a boot dryer or customize one of your own if there are no existing models to suit your needs. All boot and glove dryers are packaged and shipped securely. We even offer a one-year warranty on all models to ensure the best user experience possible. Your satisfaction is always our first priority.

Are you ready to begin your journey to drier gear? Contact us today and learn about the ways Williams Direct Dryers can benefit you.

Posted by Desmond Mayne

Find Your Boot Dryer Personality

Jun 21, 2016

Our home boot dryers are not for people who sit around. Our clients get up and go! They wake up early, breathe in the crisp morning air, and make things happen. You know these people: they’re ordinary, everyday heroes just like you. You don’t settle for less than the best during the day, so why would you accept damp clothes that set back your busy schedule?

Just like each of your adventures is different in its own way, your home boot dryer should also be unique. We customize each boot dryer recommendation to fit not only your home, but also the activities you enjoy. We want to help you pick the best boot dryer for your home and habits. Let us know: what’s your boot dryer personality?

The Student

Students who endure rigorous physical education classes, college athletes, and track champions will appreciate our Model A1. This 7-inch wall-mounted boot dryer features a 3-pronged cord, is inexpensive to operate, and fits perfectly inside a locker. You will never have to slog through practice in sweaty gym shoes again because our locker boot dryer will keep your athletic shoes clean, dry and free of unpleasant odors. Students (and parents) rejoice!

The Snow Bunny

Want to dry your ski boots, gloves and hat all at once? Our Model W6/6 wall-mounted combination 6-pair boot and glove dryer is the unit for you. This is the perfect multipurpose ski boot dryer that is also capable of drying gloves. Our patented air drying system even reaches fingertips of your gloves for maximum comfort. Skiing with the whole family? Upgrade to the Model W8/8, which can fit eight pairs of boots and eight pairs of gloves to get the whole family back on the slopes faster!

The Gym Goer

You might have to share weight machines at the gym, but you’ll love your locker dryer so much you’ll want to keep it all to yourself! Our Model A1 Floor Mount 1-Pair Locker Boot Dryer doesn’t is ideal for locker storage, but you may also want to consider the wall-mounted Model G9 glove dryer for weight room and rock wall gloves. Our dryers don’t just keep your shoes and gloves odor free; they also eliminate harmful bacteria and help combat nasty fungus that contribute to athlete’s foot. Choose from ambient air or warmed air for clean, dry workout gear every time.

The Outdoorsman

You’re outside more than the average Joe. Whether you’re trekking through the forest, fly fishing in the northern rivers, or scaling mountains that tower above the clouds, you need to know your gear is clean, dry and ready for action. Invest in a versatile air dryer like the Model W6/6 combination boot and glove dryer or get our classic wall-mounted Model A4, which features a tough minimalist design that will be functional without taking up too much space in your home. With the Model A4’s space-efficient design, you’ll still have room to store fishing poles, tents, carabiners, and everything else you need for the perfect outdoor adventure!

The Pack Animal

It’s no fun to have amazing outdoor adventures alone. You’re the kind of person who brings your crew along for the ride. There’s one boot dryer we know everyone will love no matter what’s on the agenda: our wall-mounted Model W12. This boot dryer can hold up to 12 pairs of shoes or boots at a time. Come home from a day of excitement, hang your shoes on the rack, and forget about them. By the time you and your friends have finished rehashing the amazing adventures you’ve just had, everyone’s shoes will be dry and ready to go.

Embrace a new dawn with boot dryers that serve as functional décor for your home. These don’t just look great in your laundry or mud room – they help active wear gear stay cleaner and last longer no matter what kind of activity you prefer. Best of all: your home boot dryer lets you get up and go with less down time so you can go on more adventures faster.

All Williams Direct Dryers products are made proudly in North America and come with a five year warranty. The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has certified all of our products for quality and safety so you can be confident that your home boot dryer is everything you had hoped for.

Don’t let wet gear hold you back! Athletes, skiers, bikers, hikers, and everyone in between can benefit from a home boot or glove dryer. Contact us today and get more information from our team of helpful representatives. Williams Direct Dryers: because life is better on the go!

Posted by Desmond Mayne

The Environmentally Friendly Benefits of Electric Hand Dryers

Mar 04, 2016

Electric hand dryers

Electric hand dryers are everywhere these days. From sports stadiums and convention centers to restaurants, bars, places of worship, car dealerships, schools, shopping malls, and office buildings, the always-reliable electric hand dryer has become a typical go-to product in public restrooms throughout the nation. This is chiefly due to an increasing awareness of the necessity of environmentally friendly products and equipment, as well as a concerted effort to move away from the wastefulness of paper towel products.

The technology behind electric hand dryers for commercial and industrial facilities has greatly improved in recent years, making them a no-brainer alternative to paper towels. For example, the energy to operate an electric hand dryer is less than 10 percent of the average cost to mass produce paper towel products, especially when you bear in mind other associated factors, such as labor and storage costs. There are many startling facts when it comes to the paper towel versus electric hand dryer debate:

  • In the U.S., more than 2.5 million tons of paper towels are used every year
  • More than 15 trees are cut down for every 2,000 pounds of paper towel products produced
  • The average lifespan of a single electric dryer can save more than 20 trees from being cut down
  • Almost 3 percent of all landfill matter in North America consists of discarded paper towels, since they can only be used once before they are thrown away
  • More than 30 percent of water present in U.S. landfills is due to discarded paper towels
  • It is estimated that the production of paper towels generates 35 percent more acid rain
  • In regards to greenhouse gas emissions, portable and wall mounted electric dryers create 35g of greenhouse gas emissions. In contrast, paper towels create 56g of greenhouse emissions

Another environmentally friendly benefit of electric hand dryers over paper towel products is that paper towels need to be thrown away, creating soggy piles of trash that have to be regularly removed, often on a round-the-clock basis when busy restrooms experience high levels of foot traffic. Given that wet paper towels can be a substantial source of bacteria, restrooms with paper towels instead of electric hand dryers have to be cleaned more frequently, meaning more work for the cleaning and maintenance crews.

Energy-efficient electric hand dryer technology helps to reduce electricity costs and cut carbon emissions, offering a far greener alternative to paper towels in the long term. Many businesses save money if the restrooms have electric hand dryers instead of paper towels. Williams Direct Dryers offers many different types of electric dryer models, from boot and shoe dryers to electric glove and PPE clothes dryers. If you would like more information about the state-of-the-art electric dryers we provide for commercial, residential and industrial use, please call 866-534-4696 or contact us online

Posted by Alejandra Anderson

The Benefits of Commercial Electric Dryers in the Summer

Mar 04, 2016

 Shoe dryer

No matter where you are in the U.S., most people tend to enjoy the summer's longer daytimes, cloudless skies and glorious sunshine much more than the chilly winter temperatures. Chances are, although it's wintertime now, you probably can't wait for the warmer weather to return next summer. You could be a parent who looks forward to spending time with your young children in the backyard or local park. You could be a teen who enjoys hanging out with friends. You could be a fan of hiking when the sun slowly sets or someone who loves playing lots of different sports in the fresh air. Regardless of what you do with your free time this summer, a hot climate combined with physical activity will, naturally, make you and your feet sweat.

This is where residential, commercial and industrial electric dryers as well as portable and wall mounted air dryers save the day. These days, with high-quality sports shoes costing a lot of money, it is always a shame when expensive footwear bites the dust due to cracking or warping. Shoes, boots and sneakers that are made from rubber, leather, felt, or other fabrics can gradually weaken over time, and the glue holding the shoes together can deteriorate and become unstuck. The main cause of material corrosion is due to everyday wear and tear plus sweat that ultimately ends up making your shoes unwearable.

Combining energy-efficient designs and state-of-the-art technology, each model of electric dryer meticulously cleans clothing and footwear, ensuring that your gear has a long shelf life for many years to come. Electric shoe and boot dryers eliminate perspiration, which helps to minimize painful skin irritations that cause blisters and sores. Harmful contaminants like mold or mildew that decrease the lifespan of your footwear and encourage odor-causing bacteria are also eradicated by electric dryers.

Excess moisture can create the malodorous bacteria and harmful fungus that causes health problems such as fungal infections, painful skin rashes, and other pesky physical irritations. Many types of fungi and bacteria can be found in sweat-soaked sports clothing and athletic gear, including, but not limited to:

  • Staph infections often begin with tender skin areas that slowly turn into painful boils
  • Streptococcus Faecalis is usually associated with contact with fecal matter
  • Staphylococcus Aureus can lead to pimples and other skin complaints
  • Athlete's Foot is a contagious fungal infection that develops between the toes before spreading via clothing and flooring

An electric dryer slowly circulates warm air through the inner area of the shoe or boot, drying all of the material in a safe and controlled way. As with most eco-conscious electric dryers, the air never gets too hot, which means that there is no damage to the footwear's interior or exterior as it dries. In addition to electric boot and shoe dryer products, Williams Direct Dryers also specializes in electric clothes and glove dryers. Residential and commercial boot dryers can be safely installed in many different places, including basements, attics and garages at home, as well as dryers for mud rooms, ski lodges, and the mining and oil industries.

At Williams Direct Dryers, our electric dryers are designed to eliminate bacteria and decrease odors, helping to prolong the life of your favorite footwear and sporting gear, which saves you money in the long run. If you would like further details about any of our electric dryers or air dryer models, please contact us online or call 866-534-4696 today.

Posted by Alejandra Anderson

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