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Return of the Common Cold – How to Stay Vigilant?

Good hygiene practices aren’t only important for Covid-19, it keeps other bugs at bay too. This winter it is predicted the rise of the common cold and flu could be at an all-time high. Common colds are caused by a huge range of viruses, including 100 different rhinoviruses, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), adenoviruses, four types of non-Covid coronavirus, influenza, and parainfluenza. Normally occasional exposure to the viruses, particularly in the winter, tops up our immunity to them, however due to the fact we’ve all been socially distancing and wearing masks we have not had the same exposure over the past year or so.

At Uniwipe, efficient cleaning is something we’re used to – it’s what the principles of our brand was founded on. So, here are our top tips on how to stay vigilant with your cleaning this winter.

  1. Disinfectant wipes vs. Disinfectant sprays

Sponges and dishcloths just tend to spread things around. With paper towels, you spray and wipe, in the process you remove the disinfectant spray. But when you use a disinfectant wipe, people wipe the surface and let it dry, which gives it more time to kill the organisms, leaving a residual impact. Don’t forget the One Wipe: one surface practice! We touched on this in previous posts, but frankly it warrants overstating, time and time again.

  • Take your wipe.
  • Wipe a single surface down.
  • Bin the wipe.

Simple. Effective. And safe.

  1. Catch it, Bin it, Kill it

You’ve probably heard this expression before, but its paramount in halting the spread of viruses. Similarly, to Covid-19, common colds and flus are highly infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. Continuing to practice good hand hygiene by catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue, throwing it away and washing your hand after can help limit its spread.

  1. Multiple cleans in a 24hr period

As cold and flu symptoms can live on hard and soft surfaces a stringent cleaning routine is paramount to ensure safety in any environment. Countless hands contaminating the given area, will certainly diminish the efficacy of the applied disinfectant – so for those frequently used touchpoints we’d always recommend 2-3 cleans within a 24hr period.

Cleaning is just as important for supporting public health and wellbeing outside the home. Clean schools and offices, clean hotels and restaurants, clean hospitals, and public buildings – not to mention clean food factories – are vital in maintaining a healthy population and vibrant community life.

The Uniwipe range of antibacterial wipes are tested to the highest EN standards including EN14476, EN1276, EN13727, EN16615 and EN14561 – and products such as the Midi-Wipe Clinical are proven to kill 99.999% of viruses and bacteria in 30 seconds. This level of trustworthy reassurance is clearly stated on each packet, ensuring that anyone who cleans with Uniwipe has genuine faith in the products they’re using.



KEEP READING

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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See our range of wipes for office and workplace hygiene – keep your premises open and your staff safe by future-proofing your cleaning strategy.

With an effective daily cleaning strategy and effective cleaning products you can limit the spread of germs and bacteria and achieve a safer working environment.

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Clinical Midi-Wipes are tested to EN16777.
This is the essential test for virucidal activity on surfaces – Uniwipe exceed this test within 60 seconds at the highest test result possible – 99.99%.

This is a step 2 test and an advance on the EN14476 which doesn’t test on surfaces. If you are wiping surfaces you need to ensure you are compliant to EN16777.

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Your questions
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All the Uniwipe wipes can be used for wiping tables, work surfaces and machinery in food areas, which should be rinsed prior to direct contact with food.

We also have the Catering Midi-Wipes which are specially developed for use in the catering & hospitality sector and are food area approved.

When cleaning high traffic areas to avoid cross contamination, we recommend that you dispose of each wipe properly after using on a surface. This way you can be sure no germs are being transferred from one surface to another.

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.

Whether you’re a distributor looking to resell our products, a large corporation looking to partner with a reputable manufacturer, or are just looking to buy a pack for yourself, we’re here to make it as easy as possible to get your hands on quality wipe solutions.

Visit our How to Buy page to get quality wipes, fast.

Uniwipe products are dermatologically tested, so are certified safe on skin. We also have the Hand & Surface wipe specifically designed and tested for use on hands. If you are prone to irritation from similar products, we recommend you wear gloves whilst using them.