Here at Antios, we like to think of ourselves as subject matter experts on everything related to antibacterial wipes – including hygienic processes and cleaning methods that work. With this in mind, we’re proud to share authoritative advice on using antibacterial wipe products, pointing out some common mistakes that we see being made every day. Read our advice carefully, share to your followers and don’t forget to check out our full range of wipes here!
The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has forced all of us to reassess many aspects of our daily lives – from social distancing and travel bans through to face coverings and handwashing guidelines. The mysterious nature of the virus has also forced us to change our approaches to everyday cleaning, with high quality antibacterial wipes and cleaning products in demand like never before. Whilst it’s a good thing that you’re using more antibacterial wipes, it is essential that they are used properly, both for your welfare and the welfare of those around you.
Careful cleaning will play a key role in our response to Covid-19, and the production of antibacterial wipes has gained immense traction. Indeed, FutureMarketInsights suggests that this trend will continue “even in the post-pandemic scenario, with consumers becoming hygiene conscious”. This means that despite our heightened focus on cleaning, we must discard many of the previous notions we may have had about infection control and the role of antibacterial wipes in combating contamination. As WebMD says: “If you have some to hand, make sure you’re using them right.”
So – what mistakes should you avoid when using antibacterial wipes? Keep reading to find out…
DON’T Use Your Wipe for More Than One Surface
Whilst it may seem less wasteful to use one antibacterial wipes across multiple surfaces (for example, windows, surfaces & doorknobs), the team at Antios fully discourage our customers from taking this approach. We regularly encounter scenarios where one or two wipes might be used to clean a whole room – a common mistake which can actually aid the spread of infection as opposed to curtailing it.
So why should we use antibacterial wipes across limited areas only? The answer lies in the small size of the wipe and the limited impact of any antibacterial or alcohol-based property contained within it. One wipe will only contain enough effective chemicals to effectively clean one small area. If we use one wipe across a large area, we are merely spreading germs and bacteria from one place to another, as opposed to combating and killing it.
DON’T Ignore the Instructions
The urgency of today’s cleaning demands have led to a marked increase in customers who are using antibacterial wipes across their homes and businesses with properly consulting and following instructions. With this in mind, we’d like to make a point before we discuss this common mistake. When choosing an antibacterial wipe supplier, it is critical that their packaging contains instructions that are clear and easy to follow. Here is a word of advice from the Royal College of Nursing:
“Manufacturers should provide information on ingredients within wipes in an easy-to-understand format for users, including any limitations in regard to product use.”
Reading the label on your antibacterial wipes will help you use it to the very best of its potential. For example, the label can reveal critical information like how long the product must remain wet on a surface to inactivate bugs and microbes (in many cases, this is at least 3-4 minutes). It’s also essential to read the label for your own sake, ensuring that your skin doesn’t come into contact with any corrosive or allergenic chemicals.
DON’T Flush Your Antibacterial Wipes
Antios fully discourage our customers from flushing antibacterial and disinfectant wipes. Unless what you’re flushing is toilet paper or human waste, don’t flush it. This mistake was particularly common at the height of the Covid-19 panic, causing considerable pressure on water infrastructure and sewage systems across Europe. Indeed, wipes are substantially thicker than toilet paper and don’t disintegrate as easily, leading to potential blockages and even overflow.
It is important to note that wipes have been cited as a key contributor to air and water pollution, with now-infamous images of clogged waterways highlighting the impact that this can have. Some wipes can take decades to disintegrate. By properly disposing of antibacterial wipes, we can combat pollutants and improve the health of ourselves and our neighbours.
DON’T Use Your Wipe to Clean Visibly Dirty Surfaces
This final piece of advice leads us to the most common mistake of them all: using wipes to clean visibly dirty surfaces! This piece of advice may sound out of place – especially since antibacterial wipes are technically cleaning products. It is essential to remember that if you use an antibacterial wipe on a space that’s visibly dirty, you can end up merely pushing dirt and germs around as opposed to cleaning it.
Fundamentally, a dirty surface is more difficult to disinfect. It is more effective to clean a surface with hot water and soap, before grabbing a second wipe to properly disinfect it.
Antibacterial Wipes: How Antios Can Help
Antios are leading suppliers of antibacterial and biodegradable wipe products, offering personalised, branded and totally customisable 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 with a rebranding deal, get in touch with our expert team today.