Using Alcohol Antibacterial Wipes in Hospital Settings

2:26pm 28/07/20

During the Coronavirus pandemic, Speciality Wipes have started supplying alcohol antibacterial wipes, which are now available in buckets and tubs with the recommended alcohol level of 70%.

Wipes using alcohol are regularly used in hospital settings and with a greater emphasis on keeping areas clean during the pandemic; now is a good time to consider investing in some.

The Advantages of Alcohol Antibacterial Wipes

Here are some advantages of using alcohol antibacterial wipes in clinical areas –

  • Fast-acting
  • Noncorrosive
  • Non-staining
  • No toxic residue
  • Bactericidal, tuberculocidal, fungicidal, virucidal
  • Used to disinfect small surfaces such as rubber stoppers or medication vials

How Does Alcohol Kill Bacteria and Viruses?

There are a number of ways that alcohol kills bacteria and viruses but the most important one is that they denature proteins. Other modes of action include having a direct effect on the RNA of the organism, killing the cell through breaking its plasma membrane, cell lysis and interfering with the metabolism of the cell.

Every type of alcohol kills most bacteria, including mycobacteria, but is only really effective if the concentration is above 60% (like our antibacterial wipes). Alcohol eliminates spores, meaning it is not a good choice for disinfecting surfaces contaminated with Clostridium Difficile – a spore-forming organism.

Industry research suggests combining ethyl alcohol with alkali, mineral acids, hydrogen peroxide or some surfactants can enhance its activity against spores. Alcohol will also kill fungi and many other viruses.

Using Our Wipes

Speciality Wipes’ antibacterial wipes go a long way due to the extremely tough Sontara 9960 fabric that is used as a wiper. They are ultra-low lint and high performance and available in tubs or buckets. Refill pouches are available for both bucket and tub styles.

Get in Touch for More Information

If you would like to know more about our range of alcohol antibacterial wipes, please contact us today.