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Frequently asked questions about antiviral wipes

We want to provide you with the answers to all your burning questions surrounding antiviral wipes from what they are and how they work, to where you can use them and how to order your own. 

Q: What’s the difference between viruses and bacteria?

A: There is one major difference between bacteria and viruses. Bacteria are living organisms that can live self-sufficiently by producing their own food and energy while viruses are non-living organisms that need a host cell in order to survive and grow. 

Q: What are antiviral wipes?

A: Antiviral wipes are pre-moistened fabric cleaning wipes that have been coated in a virucidal solution which gives them the power to effectively eliminate viruses and bacteria.

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Q: How to identify antiviral wipes from multipurpose wipes?

A: It is important to understand that multipurpose wipes should only be used in settings where antibacterial properties are not necessary, for example when dusting or cleaning floors. Most standard multipurpose wipes do not contain the correct ingredients to eliminate bacteria and viruses and instead only have the ability to clean visible dirt. 

An easy way to identify if a wipe is classified as antiviral is to check the product packaging for EN accreditations such as EN14476. This is a particularly important accreditation as it confirms that a product has met the vircudical testing standards, giving you peace of mind that the product is effective against viruses. 

Q: How do antiviral wipes work?

A: The way in which antiviral wipes work is through the chemicals that the wipe has been soaked in. These chemicals are specifically curated to kill any viruses or bacteria that it comes into direct contact with. Without being moistened by chemical solutions then antiviral wipes would become just mere pieces of fabric with no ability to eliminate any germs. 

Our Uniwipe Clothwipes are designed to be large, strong and absorbent, giving them the ability to retain moisture for over an hour after being left out of the packet. The strength of the fabric gives our customers a cleaning power like no other – no need to worry about moisture being lost. 

Q: Can I use a combination of antiviral wipes and disinfectant spray?

A: When cleaning and disinfecting it may seem like a good idea to use as many disinfectants or cleaning products as possible to ensure that you have killed any germs or bacteria. However, this can be potentially harmful as you can end up mixing chemicals. You should always stick to using one chemical solution at a time to reduce the risk of any hazardous or harmful situations occurring. 

Q: Are antiviral wipes effective against SARs-CoV-2 (Coronavirus)?

A: Our Clincial Midi-wipes have been scientifically proven to kill 99.999% of bacteria and viruses. Helping to fight against enveloped viruses such as the Norovirus, Influenza A, Bird flu, Herpes Simplex and SARS-CoV-2. 

SARS-CoV-2 can be more commonly identified as the coronavirus disease and is a virus that makes up part of a larger group of diseases called coronaviruses. Through the EN14476 accreditation, our wipes have been certified to kill viruses like SARS-CoV-2. 

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Q: In what settings can antiviral wipes be used?

A: Our range of antiviral wipes can be found for use in a variety of different settings including:

With hygiene and cleanliness at the forefront of any medical setting, it is imperative that you are using the right cleaning tools to stop the chances of cross-contamination. The high volumes of people and mixture of germs spread across medical environments make them particularly high risk, therefore you should be looking for products with a low contact time. 

Our Clinical midi-wipes have a contact time of only 30 seconds, helping to reduce the chances of germs spreading between people or surfaces, a particularly important feature for use in medical environments. 

Q: Can antiviral wipes be reused?

A: When using antiviral wipes you should always follow the one wipe: one surface technique as using one wipe on multiple surfaces can present a number of risks such as cross-contamination. Despite how visibly clean or dirty your wipe looks, it is always safer to use one wipe per surface and dispose of it after use.

For surfaces that are heavily covered in dirt or bacteria, it is recommended that you clean down the surface first before going in with disinfectant as this allows the antiviral wipe to get direct contact with the germs. If you are looking for a solution that targets both cleaning and disinfection, then our dual-action wipes may be the perfect solution for you!

Q: How can I order antiviral wipes?

A: Our wipes are available to a range of different consumers, whether you are looking to pick up a pack to use in your home, a large company on the hunt for the perfect wet wipe manufacturer or a busy distributor looking to resell some high-quality products. 

To find out more on how to make your order, visit our ‘How to Buy’ page. 


Watch our video highlighting the Uniwipe range and the processes involved in creating the ultimate range of wipes. From manufacturing and distribution to advice and customer service, our in-house production facilities mean we can offer the very best in service and quality.

With vast experience in dealing with all manner of order requests from bulk and bespoke, multiple worldwide delivery locations or phased deliveries, once the team understands your requirements any number of solutions can be arranged.
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