Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.
COVID-19 pandemic, has seen a surge in purchasing infection and hygiene control supplies, with higher risk of contamination during everyday activities like using public transport, for instance, or shopping in a grocery store.
High-touch surfaces in public transport, stores, hospitals, shopping malls, supermarkets or food services are potential sources of contamination with germs and viruses.
Have you ever thought about the number of hands and fingers touching the keyboard of a credit card payment terminal, the horizontal bar of a supermarket trolley, the screen of the tablet at the entrance to a restaurant, or the screen at the airport check-in counter every day?
Do Antibacterial wipes kill Viruses!
The quick answer is, it depends. 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. Or they may just be heavy duty wipes for removing grease etc, and not actually include a disinfectant ingredient.
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. Some wipes, like the kind made with benzalkonium chloride, are only approved to kill bacteria.
They might not work as well on viruses so they are not approved to do this. Wipes that say “disinfectant” on the label usually kill bacteria, viruses, and mold. Checking the product’s label for the EPA registration number helps find out what it is approved to. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) keeps a list of approved disinfectants on its website.
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.
Usually the wipes label will include directions. You can search by the product’s registration number to find out more on the EPA website.
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.
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.
Disinfecting wipes provide a convenient and efficient solution for cleaning and sanitizing high-touch surfaces and consequently reducing the risk of germs spreading.
Various nonwovens are used in this wipes category. However, viscose-polyester blend carded spunlace and composites are the preferred materials for disinfecting wipes.
Composites combine one or two layers of carded fibers or spunbond web with one layer of wood pulp fibres. The resulting two or three layers are bonded together via hydroentanglement without binders or thermal bonding, and the substrate produced is very strong and highly absorbent thanks to the layer of wood pulp fibres.
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, door knobs 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.
Alcohol Wipes contain 70% Isopropyl alcohol and act as a rapid disinfectant for medical devices, surfaces and equipment with proven bactericidal action, they kill 99.999% of germs including E. coli, Enterococcus, Pseudomonas and MRSA according to EN1276 and EN13727.
Some wipes, like the kind made with benzalkonium chloride, are only approved to kill bacteria. They might not work as well on viruses. Wipes with “disinfectant” on the label should kill bacteria, viruses, and mold.
In general, disinfectant wipes are used on hard surfaces and antibacterial wipes (such as Wet Ones) are for cleaning your skin. ... "A product that claims to be antibacterial means only that it's tested against bacteria. It may or may not be effective against viruses.