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How to use antibacterial wipes to kill bacteria

Using antibacterial wipes to kill bacteria

Do you want to keep your home clean and put a stop to the spread of bacteria and viruses? Antibacterial wipes are a convenient and safe way to protect your family and your home!
While disinfectant sprays and bleach can be helpful, antibacterial wipes, or bacteria wipes, have some advantages. They’re gentle on surfaces and skin, making them safer to have in your home and around your kids. They’re also safe to use in hospitals, daycares, and more. Keep reading to learn more about the helpfulness of bacteria wipes and how to use them!


How Do Antibacterial Wipes Work?

You’re probably wondering, “how do wipes kill bacteria?” Uniwipe antibacterial wipes are durable, cloth-based wipes soaked in an antibacterial and virucidal solution. When the wipes come in contact with a surface, the solution is activated and kills bacteria and viruses, including tough germs like COVID-19 and influenza.
Our wipes are tough on germs, but they’re gentle on your skin and surfaces throughout your home. Not only can you clean surfaces such as countertops, doorknobs, and other areas that are prone to germs, but you can use our specially-formulated Hand & Surface wipes to clean your hands.


Using Antibacterial Wipes to Effectively Kill Bacteria

Clean prior to disinfecting – Now you know the answer to “how do wipes kill bacteria?” but did you know that you should clean surfaces prior to disinfecting for best results? Even if it isn’t visible, dirt and grime creates the perfect conditions for germs to continue breeding and multiplying. In order to disinfect a surface properly, most wipes require you to get rid of dust and debris first: first use one wipe to clean off the surface, and then use another wipe to disinfect it. Our Midi-Wipe and Clothwipe ranges are have 2-in-1 technology, meaning they clean and disinfect in one action! It’s best to use an antibacterial wipe for both steps of the cleaning process, as using rags and disinfectant spray can actually cause germs to spread. When you clean up every trace of dirt before disinfecting, you can be confident that there are no germs lurking on your clean surfaces.

Don’t overuse the same wipe – Many people don’t realize that using the same wipe across multiple surfaces can actually do more harm than good. You may think it’s okay to use the same wipe across multiple surfaces if the wipe isn’t coated in dirt or grime and is still damp with the disinfectant solution. However, if you continue to use the same wipe over several different surfaces, you can actually spread bacteria or viruses across each of these spaces. Once used, wipes become dirty. Even though the wipes are made to kill bacteria, there may still be time for germs to spread before they are actually killed. In order to properly disinfect a space, you need to change wipes after cleaning each area. This way, you don’t risk cross-contamination and won’t have to worry about whether or not your surfaces are being properly disinfected.

Store your wipes correctly – To keep antibacterial wipes working their very best, it’s important that you store them correctly. Antibacterial wipes are a compact, easy-to-carry disinfectant that you can bring with you wherever you go. However, if you are not correctly sealing the wipes by closing the lid on the packaging after every use, your wipes can dry out partially or completely. Once the wipes dry out, there is very little disinfectant solution left on the cloth, making it much less useful for killing germs. Antibacterial wipes that have dried out are no longer effective at disinfecting surfaces because once the solution has evaporated, they are little more than a piece of dry cloth. Wipes need to remain moist and saturated with the antibacterial and virucidal solution in order to be effective. So, be sure to close the lid completely after every use and store them in a secure place.

Use the right wipe – Using the right wipe is important for safe disinfection. Not every antibacterial wipe works entirely the same. Some antibacterial wipes are only efficient for killing bacteria and will not properly combat existing viruses, or vice versa. Some wipes are not as effective at killing bacteria. Other wipes may be helpful for killing both bacteria and viruses, but will not be safe for skin. Repeated use of some antibacterial wipes can result in permanent residue, damaged surfaces, or even uncomfortable skin problems, such as redness or rashes. And, some wipes aren’t food safe for use in kitchens and catering settings. So be sure to choose the right wipes for your needs. For example, Uniwipe Hand & Surface is safe for any surface and is even safe for hands! Our Catering wipes are made for food preparation areas, and our Clinical wipes are designed to disinfect clinical settings.

Leave to naturally air dry – drying the surface after wiping can be tempting if you’re in hurry to use the surface again, however it should be left to air dry naturally in order to be most effective. The cleaning agents in wipes are designed to kill germs in a certain period of time, which can range from 30 seconds to 5 minutes or more – this contact time should be stated on the product packaging. The chemical needs to stay in contact with the surface for the full contact time in order to be effective – drying the surface before this contact time is up could mean the wipes don’t have enough time to act and are therefore unable to kill the germs on the surface. That’s why it’s always best to allow the cleaning agents to naturally air dry, so you can be sure that the surface is clean and safe.



You may be using antibacterial wipes wrong – read our article on the common mistakes you may be making when using antibacterial wipes.
In this article, we look at some of the common mistakes users tend to make with buying, storing and using wipes, and how to avoid these pitfalls yourself. We’ll cover some top tips on popular types of wipes so you can make informed decisions, and storage & usage techniques to get maximum value and effectiveness from your cleaning routine.


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Your questions

Antibacterial wipes are only effective when they distribute the correct amount of cleaning agent to the surface – they should be moist and fresh out of the pack in order to work properly. Dry wipes are unable to dispense any cleaning agent, so will not kill any germs. Surfaces should also be left to naturally air dry for at least the stated contact time, otherwise sanitising wipes are not guaranteed to be effective.

Bacteria are microscopic free living single celled organisms which can quickly reproduce on a contaminated surface – a surface contaminated with raw meat, for example, could have millions of bacteria per square centimetre. A kill rate of 99.999% will kill 100 times more bacteria than that of 99.9% kill rate. That’s why it’s so important to use products with proven kill rates of 99.999% to remove the maximum amount of bacteria possible.

Uniwipe products are specifically formulated to be safe on a wide range of surfaces such as hard surfaces, leather and upholstery. As they are alcohol free, they are also safe to use on technology equipment, subject to manufacturers guidelines.

Whilst some wipes are specifically designed for use on certain surfaces, the Uniwipe range of products is suitable for use on all hard surfaces for cleaning and disinfecting.

Our range of antibacterial wipes are designed to evenly distribute the cleaning agent onto a surface, ensuring a sufficient coverage for killing germs and bacteria. If cloths and sprays are used, it can result in uneven coverage and therefore reduce the effectiveness of the product. There’s also a much higher chance of cross-contamination or spreading germs around, as the same cloth is used for multiple surfaces, rather than the single-use benefits of disposable wipes.

You can read our full blog on Wipes Vs Sprays here.

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