The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has placed more importance than ever on effective cleaning and antibacterial products, with sprays, wipes and gels skyrocketing in popularity over recent months. However, many consumers make classic errors in their use of antibacterial wipes, impacting their cleaning process or compromising their efforts around infection control. At Antios, we’ve put together some tips on using our wipes safely and hygienically. Thank us later!
Convenient, disposable and packed with cleaning qualities, antibacterial wipes are one of the most popular methods of sanitation and have consistently been highlighted as a strong line of defence against Covid-19 and other viral infections. However, getting the maximum benefit out of these wipes requires care and attention. Without taking the appropriate steps, the antibacterial function of your wipe can be rendered obsolete, heightening the risk of infection in your business, organisation or private residence. The key thing to remember is that you want to prevent infection with a wipe, as opposed to spreading infection across multiple surfaces.
Concentrate the Effectiveness of Your Wipe
Many businesses and organisations make the classic error of using one wipe across a large area (for example, from worktops to microwaves to cupboards). This sparing approach to using your wipes should be discouraged. Antibacterial wipes by Antios are most effective when used across a small area of roughly one square meter, allowing the chemical properties of the wipe to concentrate effectively on that specific area.
Put simply, cleaning one large surface will require multiple wipes if we are serious about controlling the risk of infection. Without taking this approach, you are at risk of spreading infection and bacteria instead of killing it. Cross contamination is a friend of infection, and using wipes appropriately can avoid that risk.
Catch It, Bin It, Kill It
At Antios, we regularly meet business and organisations who make errors around disposing of antibacterial wipes properly. The classic error we see is flushing antibacterial wipes down the toilet – causing risks around pipe blockage and unwelcome pressure on sewage and water infrastructure. Indeed, whilst wipes may be labeled as ‘disposable’, the flushing of antibacterial wipes should always be discouraged.
So how do we dispose of antibacterial wipes safely and hygienically? The answer lies in that famous phrase – ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’. Antibacterial wipes should be disposed of in a bin, kept at a distance from food preparation or workspace environments. Users of antibacterial wipes should also take care to dispose of their wipes in an environment free of naked flames – because safety should always be the priority.
Store Your Wipes Properly
The next and final piece of advice we have around using antibacterial wipes safely & hygienically concerns storage. In this regard, it’s just as important to get this step right as it is around disposing of your used wipes.
When it comes to storing your antibacterial wipes properly, there’s a few tips that we would recommend. Firstly, it is essential that the seal over your packet or container of wipes is sealed properly. When seals are left half open or are poorly attached, your wipes will quickly dry out, losing any antibacterial properties in the process.
Storing your wipes should also take account of temperature. Whilst burning temperatures and naked flames present a significant fire hazard (especially due to the alcohol and other flammable materials in antibacterial wipes), stuffy and warm temperatures also present the risk of drying your wipes out. Indeed, this is the most common way that users lose their inventory of wipes. Choose your storage environment and temperature carefully, keeping your wipes in a cool and dry place.
How Antios Can Help
Antios are leading suppliers of antibacterial and biodegradable wipe products, offering orders ranging from a single carton of wipes up to multiple pallet-loads. With extensive stock holding facilities, deliveries are completed within an average of 1-3 working days. To inquire about large, bulk-sized deliveries or to discuss how we can help your organisation enter the new normal, get in touch with our expert team today.