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We stock a range of wipes for hardsurfaces, skin and workplace equipment. Some contain alcohol and some do not, depending on the type of wipe you need you should select carefully.

Do antibacterial wipes kill Coronavirus (COVID-19) germs?

In short, it depends on the type you use….our Clinell universal wipes has been clinically proven to kill COVID-19 in 30 seconds, unless stated other anti bacterial wipes do not.

The WHO has advised on alcohol content wipes over a minimum of 60% are effective against coronavirus, we stock 70% and 75% alcohol wipes.

What to look for on the packaging on the website?

Every pack of sanitiser wipes should have its own certifications / approvals, and should state on the packaging or on the website you buy them from what germs they are able to kill.

If you are using them with the intention of protecting your workplace from COVID-19, or reducing the spread of this virus, you must be very careful to ensure the wipes are certified to kill this 99.9% of this virus.

What is EN1276 standard?

BS EN 1276 is the European standard for the bactericidal activity of chemical disinfectants as proof of effective infection control against harmful micro-organisms such as MRSA, Salmonella, E.Coli, Flu Virus (H1N1) and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa.  In order to pass this standard, products have been tested by an independent laboratory and must prove a bacteria kill rate of 99.999% within 5 minutes.

What is EN 14476 standard?

EN 14476 is a European standard which means the product is tested to evaluate the virucidal activity of chemical disinfectants intended for use in the medical area. In order to recieve this standard, the product  must be tested to kill the following viruses: Poliovirus type 1, Adenovirus type 5 and murine norovirus. This is because these viruses are more resistant to disinfectants, and when a disinfectant is active against them can be considered effective against any other virus not tested, including coronavirus.

How to use wipes properly for the best effects…

Did you know to successfully kill germs on the surface you are wiping, you shouldn’t dry it straight after wiping? The surface or hands should stay visibly wet for a while. It could be anywhere from 15 seconds to 10 minutes. The amount of time depends on the product’s ingredients and what germs you are trying to kill.

Surface may impact the effectiveness of some wipes…..

Most wipes can clean and disinfect, but if the surface is really dirty you should really clean it before sanitising it for best results. A lot of dirt and grime can make it hard for disinfectants to do their job. You can clean surfaces properly with soapy water or another household cleaner before disinfecting.

Do not use on soft material…

Most wipes aren’t made for soft surfaces like carpet or fabric. The reason for this is fabrics or textiles suck up moisture from the wipe. This means they don’t stay wet long enough for the chemicals to work in killing germs. Wipes work well on hard, nonporous things like plastic and stainless steel. These type of surfaces are where germs, including viruses like COVID-19, tend to stay around the longest.

Experts aren’t sure how much you can disinfect with a single wipe. A wipe loses moisture the more you use it. If a wipe gets to dry you could end up spreading germs from one surface to another. Studies have shown wipes may work best on 1-2 square feet if the surface stays wet long enough. So it’s ok to disinfect a couple of light switches, doorknobs or other touch points with the same wipe, but its best to keep using fresh wipes for different surfaces, for the best outcome. Wipes should be stored at room temperature. If they get too warm, such as in a hot car, they could dry out. Disposable wipes can’t kill germs without moisture, so its best to ensure you close the lid properly after using so they don’t dry out.

On another note, wipes need to go in general waste, and the same goes for paper towels. Once they are used they cannot be recycled as they are classed as contaminated waste.

They should not be flushed down the toilet as they can clog your pipes and even cause a sewage backup down the line. Even “flushable” wipes don’t break up in water the way toilet paper does. Sewer spills can end up in lakes, rivers, or oceans, which is not good for the environment.

Why do I need to use disinfectant wipes?

The new coronavirus, COVID-19, spreads between people through small droplets released from the nose or mouth of an infected person. These droplets can either be inhaled by people nearby or can land on surfaces. When the surfaces are touched by uninfected people, it often leads to the transmission of the virus.

Studies have shown that COVID-19 can survive in air droplets for as long as three hours, and on some hard surfaces for up to three days.

This points up the need to regularly sanitise surfaces that people regularly touch, using antibacterial wipes or surface sanitiser sprays, and also regularly sanitise your hands.

Surfaces that need regular sanitising include:

Door handles
Light Switches
Computer Keyboard and Mouse
Desks / Tables / Worktops
Photocopier Buttons
Coffee Machine Buttons
Lift / Elevator Buttons
Remote Controls
Bathroom fixtures

It is a good idea to have a company cleaning schedule or plan to make sure disinfecting happens as regular as it needs to, especially since the recent pandemic. Having hand sanitiser gel and a wipes dispenser station placed in easy to get to areas helps ensure your staff have easy access to disinfectant products.