Surface disinfectant wipes: effectiveness and method of use

Surface disinfectant wipes: effectiveness and method of use

Disinfectant wipes are useful for maintaining hygiene inside the home, but not all of them have antibacterial or antiviral properties.

The disinfectant wipes for surfaces have become more and more frequent in everyone’s daily life. Especially starting from 2020, when the spread of the coronavirus required more attention todaily hygiene. But how effective are they and, above all, what are the recommended ways of use?

When it comes to disinfectant wipes, it’s easy to get confused. The most varied alternatives are available on the market, but their functions and methods of use can be very different. Some are solely for removing dirt and debris, others have a specification antibacterial action, still others are also useful against virus. Here are some tips.

Disinfectant wipes: effectiveness

Disinfectant wipes are hygienic products normally made in non-woven fabric – but also cellulose or other paper derivatives – impregnated in one cleaning substance. These are stored in a special plastic container, both rigid and soft, so that they keep their humidity over time and the detergent does not evaporate. Depending on the composition, they can be used for the most varied purposes: from cleaning furniture to electronic devices.

To understand theeffectiveness, however, you should carefully read the information provided by the manufacturer. Most of the varieties on the market are suitable for normal cleaning needs inside the house, such as removing dust or dirt debris, but not all of them may be suitable for eliminating bacteria and viruses as well. For this reason, the packaging always shows the lab test and, again, the antibacterial or antiviral properties are also highlighted. If they have a high sanitizing and sterilizing power, the package may also bear the words “Medical Surgical Unit“. In the absence of these indications, the device must be considered as a simple cleaning tool, not effective against viruses and bacteria.

In general, it is good to remember that wipes with antibacterial power could be ineffective on the virus, if not explicitly indicated. Regarding the coronavirus, in the spring of 2020 the ISS issued some guidelines so that these solutions can be considered effective. In general, they must contain solutions ad ethyl alcohol O isopropyl alcohol at least 70%.

How to use


The disinfectant wipes must always be kept inside their packaging, making sure that it is always well sealed to avoidevaporation of the detergent. Still, they shouldn’t be exposed to jump in temperature high or in direct sunlight, to avoid altering the composition.

Normally, a single wipe is used for the surface to be treated, passing it over the object like any other cloth. However, it cannot be reused for several different objects and, once dry, it will lose all its sanitizing power.

In case you knew of allergy O hypersensitivity to one of the components present in the detergent – ingredients in any case always specified on the label – the cleaning operation must be carried out by third parties or using protective gloves.

In case you want to use wipes for the electronic devices, it is good to first check the information provided by the device manufacturers. The possible presence of alcohol could be harmful for some plastic finishes and, again, for various types of touchscreen screens. Failure to comply with the manufacturer’s instructions could compromise the normal operation of the electronic device.

Source: ISS

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