Wiping down a surface with a disinfectant wipe is a mindless task. You know exactly what you need to clean and you do it. But, have you ever stopped to wonder if you’re doing it correctly? It is weird to think that there may be a right and wrong way to use a disinfectant wipe, but turns out there is! You learn something new every day and we’re helping you take on this new discovery. Below, we’re breaking down how to properly use disinfectant wipes to help you create the cleanest and healthiest space possible.
How Long to Keep a Surface Wet
Oftentimes, when we wipe down a surface with a rag or a wipe it is quickly followed by a paper towel or dry rag. Who wants to deal with a wet surface when you can just dry it right away? Turns out, for a disinfectant wipe to properly work, the surface must remain wet for some time after.
Disinfectants are used to kill germs found on solid surfaces. Keeping a surface wet for an allotted period of time helps the product stick on the surface long enough to kill bacteria and viruses. It is recommended that surfaces remain wet for up to five minutes.
Clean One Surface at a Time
It is likely that at some point in time, you’ve used the same disinfectant wipe to clean off various surfaces. You’ve likely done it for small surfaces, like a doorknob, during a routine clean because it is a small surface area and the wipe is still wet enough for you to wipe something else down. But, by using the same wipe to clean various surfaces you may have spread the germs to more places. While it may seem wasteful, you should use one disinfectant wipe per surface to ensure you are maintaining a clean and healthy environment.
Hand hygiene is one of the most important aspects when cleaning and disinfecting an area. Thousands of germs can live on each of your hands and you don’t want to add to the problem. You may also be dealing with someone who is sick so you’ll want to avoid coming in contact with their germs. The CDC recommends people wear disposable gloves when possible and to wash their hands often. If water and soap are not available, using hand sanitizer is an acceptable alternative for hand washing.
Purchase Trusted Products
Making sure your spaces are clean and disinfected is vital to ensuring your health, as well as the health of those around you. This is why it is important to purchase products from a trusted source. Beta Sciences is an American distributor of PPE, based out of Florida. Beta Sciences offers a full line of PPE products that are FDA and CE certified. These products have been properly regulated and reviewed and are effective. We invite you to visit Beta Sciences to learn more at www.BetaSciences.com.
Original Source: https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/2020/04/03/are-you-using-disinfectant-wipes-the-wrong-way-probably/