The Evolution of Cleaning Wipes

by Lawton Brothers | Mar 01, 2018

AdobeStock_1828652Just a decade ago, pre-saturated disinfectant wipes were not commonly in use in the industrial cleaning realm. They were considered too small, too expensive and too time-consuming to be of use in this venue.

Today, commercial cleaning companies, as well as many healthcare facilities rely on these products.

The reasons are many:

  • Cleaning wipes clean and disinfect simultaneously to help curb the spread of infection

  • They are pre-saturated, ready-to-use wipes kill infections quickly and easily

  • Disinfecting with cleaning wipes is proven to be safe for the user, the patient and the environment. .

  • There are now various sizes of wipes for different applications — wipes for clinical staff are smaller, while those for environmental services are as much as three times larger.

  • Wipes are cost-effective when used appropriately, but, more importantly, they provide consistent application to the treated surface, unlike liquids or sprays that rely on the user to apply them correctly.

  • The trend toward fast-acting products is being driven by a desire to improve compliance when cleaning and disinfecting.

  • The wipes offer a solution for daily and terminal cleaning because they are re-moistened to consistently deliver the proper concentration of sodium hypochlorite, the spermicidal active ingredient.

  • This allows housekeeping staff to lower chemical usage in certain areas, thus reducing costs. It also makes for more uniform delivery of the disinfectant to the treated surface.

Cleaning wipes offer a solution for daily and terminal cleaning because they are re-moistened to consistently deliver the proper concentration of sodium hypochlorite, the spermicidal active ingredient. This allows housekeeping staff to lower chemical usage in certain areas, thus reducing costs.

Cleaning and sanitizing health care environments has always posed a challenge, but even more so today.

As new, stronger pathogens emerge, healthcare facilities are re-evaluating their disinfectant products, as well as the processes, to make sure they comply with government recommendations.

To respond to this need, manufacturers have developed fast-acting, easy-to-apply disinfectants that kill a variety of bacteria and viruses and reduce the risk of cross-contamination. As new challenges arise, development of new formulas continues.

One of the most important functions of hospital maintenance is fighting infection.

One aspect of disinfecting a hospital is staying "green," or being environmentally friendly.

People are increasingly concerned about the environment and this concern extends to the facilities in which they receive their medical care.

High traffic areas in schools deserve special treatment since they are areas frequented by large numbers of children and adults. While it is true that it takes a team effort to prevent communicable diseases and infections, it is the custodial and maintenance staff that is on the front lines battling bacteria, viruses, fungal infections, and molds.

Computer labs and technology stations are havens for germs in schools. Disinfecting takes it a step further by ridding high-traffic areas of contaminants. It is crucial that surfaces are properly cleaned before disinfecting in order for the chemicals to do their job effectively.

Targeting high-traffic areas for disinfection is an essential part of any school wide health plan. Special cleaning kits should be accessible to clean and disinfect soiled areas in a manner that protects all involved.

Remember, cleaning wipes clean and disinfect simultaneously to help curb the spread of infection. Pre-saturated, ready-to-use wipes kill infections quickly and easily. Wipes are cost-effective when used appropriately, but, more importantly, they make for consistent application to the treated surface, unlike liquids or sprays that rely on the user to apply them correctly.

Disinfecting with cleaning wipes is proven to be safe for the user, the patient and the environment. Cleaning wipes are compatible with the environmental surfaces and medical devices commonly used in a health care setting.

While it is true that it takes a team effort to prevent communicable diseases and infections, it is the custodial and maintenance staff that is on the front lines battling bacteria, viruses, fungal infections, and molds.

Lawton Brothers is a foremost distributor of janitorial and sanitary supplies, cleaning equipment, chemicals, paper, and liners. The family-owned enterprise has been in operation for more than 50 years. The company also offers training programs for hospital workers and cleaning staff. Lawton Brothers places an emphasis on green cleaning products and techniques.

 
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