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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.