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It’s 2021, and we’re delighted to wave goodbye to the difficult year that was 2020. We’ve been through a lot with our customers, and we’re pleased to see positive news of a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine which is currently being rolled out across the UK. However, it is more important than ever that we avoid complacency around the risks of coronavirus. To get the year off a safe start, we’re sharing some top tips on personal infection control using Antios Wipes!

Whilst we are over the worst of the pandemic, we must continue to remain vigilant. This means taking extra steps to improve hygiene levels in our homes, our offices, our classrooms, workplaces and personal vehicles. Keep reading to get your year 2021 off to a safe start!

Create a Safer Home

With infection rates spiking at locations throughout the UK, it’s essential that we take a number of precautionary steps to control the risk of viral contamination in our homes. Whilst this must include adhering to public health guidances on controlling who we allow to enter our homes, it must also mean maintaining the highest levels of hygiene in all areas:

  • Wipe Storage: This piece of advice mainly applies to your storage of wipes, however the same principals can be applied to virtually any cleaning product. ALWAYS store your wipes in a cool and dry place. If possible, try to keep all of your cleaning supplies grouped together in the one container to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. 

  • Wipe Usage: Concentrate the effectiveness of your wipes across roughly 1 square meter to enjoy the ultimate effect of your wipes, giving the chemicals some time to settle and work on their subject. Avoid using your wipes across multiple surfaces and always make sure to catch it, bin it and kill it!

  • Wash Your Hands: The most effective way to wash your hands is by using hot water and soap. However, hand sanitiser gels and antibacterial wipes can act as strong alternatives if you don’t have access to hot water and soap. Antios recommend using moisturisers or hand lotions to combat skin-drying effects.

  • Focus on High-Risk Areas: Certain areas of our homes become dirty – that’s a fact of life. However, what defines a ‘high-risk’ area has changed with Covid-19. Now, it is essential to focus on areas on high contact and footfall. This means regularly disinfecting any areas in your home regularly touched by hands, including light switches, doorknobs, banisters and rails.

Protect Your Personal Effects 

Entering 2021 safely isn’t only about keeping a clean home or office. It’s equally as important to protect your personal effects, including wallets, keys and smartphone devices. In many cases, antibacterial wipes can be the ideal solution to get the job done quickly, effectively and conveniently. 

Car keys and house keys, as examples, are some of the most commonly touched and shared items, and it is essential that these are properly and regularly cleaned – especially if these are shared with a partner. These items are just as commonly contaminated as smartphones, and we should therefore ensure that these are regularly cleaned with an approved antibacterial product. Here’s some top tips of keeping those personal effects contamination free:

  • Avoid bleach (this can damage any vinyl or plastic covering on your keys)

  • Avoid ammonia-based cleaners for the same reason

  • Use 70% alcohol-based wipes 

  • Use multiple wipes as opposed to one wipe for a whole set of keys

  • Wipe items with a reasonable degree of force and give the chemicals time to settle on the items

  • Repeat this process every time items are used 

  • Ensure you wash your hands properly before and after cleaning

Protect Your Vehicle’s Interior

Your vehicle – it’s more than your way of getting to A to B. It’s the space that you will travel and carry the most infection risks within. With this in mind, protecting your vehicle’s interior requires some extra care:

  • Protect yourself  by wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) – and that’s especially true if you’re concerned that there are traces of the virus on your vehicle. Wear disposable gloves and face covering, and take extra precautions by washing your clothes after cleaning your car. 

  • Whilst warm, soapy water is ideal for leather trims, we recommend alcohol-based disinfectant wipes to remove dirt and dust from your car’s interior. Once this step has been taken, we recommend disinfecting with an alcohol-based product such as isopropyl. Avoid products that contain bleach. 

  • Your car will contain a number of frequently-touched areas including door handles, steering wheels, gear sticks, audio controls, head rests and more. As with other areas inside your car, we recommend cleaning with an antibacterial wipe before disinfecting with an alcohol-based product. 

Those wishing to learn more about cleaning & disinfection in schools and classrooms should consult the UK Government’s advice on cleaning of non-healthcare settings outside of the home. You can access the full resource here.

On behalf of Antios, we’re wishing all of our customers a safe and happy 2021!

Antios: Wipes, But Better

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 enquire 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.

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