Cleaning easily and effectively is an important goal to keep families and businesses safe. But keeping our friends and family safe means using the right products in the correct way. When you compare traditional cleaning versus disinfecting, disinfecting wins every time. 

Knowing that you have reduced the risk of harmful viruses and bacteria on surfaces almost completely can ease your risk of illness! Disinfectant wipes are the best way to keep surfaces germ-free, but did you know that there is a right and a wrong way to use them?

Although disinfectant wipes have long been used by medical professionals, the COVID-19 pandemic brought to light a need for them to be used on all high touch surfaces. While transmission of germs from person to person is a bigger possibility, the CDC still recommends that you disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly. What are high touch surfaces? 

  • Medical Establishments: Hospitals, urgent care centers, pharmacies, veterinary offices, etc. should be disinfected multiple times a day. Areas that see regular patient turnover should be disinfected after each patient to reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria. 
  • Schools: Children tend to pass viruses around to one another because they forget to wash their hands or cover their mouth when they sneeze or cough. 
    • Toilets & sinks
    • Doorknobs
    • Desks
    • Playground equipment
    • Cafeteria tables & chairs
  • Businesses: Any office or retail establishment that sees employees and customers on a daily basis should disinfect frequently. Restaurants should disinfect after each customer group.
    • Toilets & sinks
    • Doorknobs
    • Desks
    • Phones
    • Printers & office equipment
    • Breakroom tables & chairs
    • Tables & chairs 
  • Homes: We spend a majority of our time at home which means that its surfaces have the biggest chance of harboring germs. It’s important to regularly disinfect the surfaces in your home to keep your family safe and healthy. 
    • Toilets & sinks
    • Countertops
    • Doorknobs
    • Light switches
    • Phones & remote controls
    • Tables & chairs
    • Children’s toys

How to Use Disinfectant Wipes

Knowing that wipes are the best way to disinfect surfaces is the first step, but how do you use them? Wipes are a great tool, but they don’t work unless you use them properly. 

The biggest factor to consider is that the disinfectant needs to remain on the surface for the appropriate amount of time. For some brands, this could be up to 10 minutes, while for others it could be as little as 1 minute (like this great product we sell!) So before you use or touch a surface after disinfecting it, set a timer and wait the appropriate amount of time. 

Each brand of disinfectant wipe is different, but the general way to use them is the same. 

  1. Wash your hands and put on disposable gloves (recommended!)
  2. Wipe down all surfaces with a towel to get rid of large particles like dirt and dust.
  3. Go over the surfaces again with a disinfectant wipe.
  4. Let the disinfectant sit on the surface for the proper amount of time stated on the container.
  5. Remove and dispose of your gloves.
  6. Wash your hands again.

Disinfectant Wipes Tips & Tricks 

  • Don’t reuse the same wipe multiple times. Instead of continually moving germs from one area to another, use multiple wipes. This will guarantee that you get the best results and the cleanest surfaces. 
  • Never flush wipes! Always dispose of disinfectant wipes the proper way: placed inside of a trash bag, out of reach of children. Wipes can seriously damage septic systems and plumbing if not disposed of properly. 
  • Buy American-made wipes. This is the easiest way to guarantee that the product is reliably made. Pristex wipes are always made in America!
  • Store disinfectant wipes in a safe place. Keep in mind that disinfectant wipes are a cleaning product that should be kept out of reach of children and animals. They should only be used by adults the proper way. 

Do you have any questions about how to use disinfectant wipes or are interested in learning more about the products that Pristex sells? Contact us today!