FAQ's on Alcohol Wipes, Antibacterial Wipes & Disinfecting Wipes

Q: What does 'residual action' mean?
This is the period of time during which the disinfectant will remain active.

Q: What does term 'contact time' mean?

It is the required time for the disinfectant wipes to act on germs. Sani-Cloth® Active will require a 30 minutes contact time to ensure an optimal disinfection, during which the surface will not necessarily remain wet but the disinfectant will be active.

Q: Why cleaning before disinfecting?
Dirt creates a barrier between the surface and the disinfectant, preventing therefore the disinfectant to act efficiently. On a visibly clean surface one wipe will suffice. On a visibly soiled surface, the first wipe will clean and the second wipe will ensure the disinfection of the surface.

Q: Does the wipe retain some of the disinfectant? If yes, how does it guarantee effective disinfection on the surface?
Depending on the nature of the wipe, certain chemical molecules can remain locked in the wipe. In order to guarantee a complete disinfection PDI wipes ensures that the liquid released from the wipe still contains the active ingredients at sufficient levels to ensure the disinfection levels stipulated.

Q: Do you recommend to wear gloves when using a Sani-Cloth® disinfectant wipes?
It is good practice in the hygiene protocols to wear gloves when cleaning/disinfecting.

Q: Where to use the Sani-Cloth® products?
As a general guidance, every Sani-Cloth® product can be used on any non-porous and non-invasive surface/medical device. Sani-Cloth® Detergent is not a disinfectant and is used to clean any non-porous surface. Sani-Cloth® 70 and Super Sani-Cloth® Plus can be used on any non-porous and non invasive surface/medical device that is not alcohol sensitive. For a higher disinfection level we recommend Sani-Cloth® Active (active on the polio virus), however, this does not replace a sterilisation or high level disinfection process. Manufacturers guidelines should always be followed. Our 'Where to Use' page will also take you through the various health departments and Medical Devices where we recommend Sani-Cloth® products.

Q: What is the active ingredient in Sani-Cloth® Active?
Sani-Cloth® Active has a fourth generation dual Quat formulation which is unique to PDI. Not all Quat formulations have the same microbial effectiveness. The Quat formulation in Sani-Cloth® Active has been tested to recognised EN standards to ensure its efficacy.

Q: Can Sani-Cloth® disinfectant wipes be used on toys?
Toys can be disinfected with Sani-Cloth® wipes, however, they must then be rinsed with potable water if using Super Sani-Cloth® Plus or Sani-Cloth® Active.

Q: How can a Sani-Cloth® products be tracked?
Every PDI product bears a batch code indicating the manufacturing date and the production line.

Q: How often does the canister needs replacing when using the refill bags?
A canister should not be refilled more than 3 times (1 canister supplied with wipes + 2 refills) after which it needs to be disposed of. It is also recommended to clean the lid with a wipe before filling the empty canister.

Q: How to dispose of a used wipe?
Used disinfectant wipes are normally disposed of in domestic wastage. Should they be used in a high risk contamination department, they need to be disposed of as hazardous goods.

Q: Are all the wipes maceratable?
Sani-Cloth® Detergent Bucket wipes, Sani-Cloth® Active Bucket wipes, Sani-Cloth® 70 wipes, Super Sani-Cloth® Plus wipes and Sani-Cloth® Active wipes are NOT maceratable.

Sani-Cloth® Detergent flow wrap wipes and Hygea 80 count and 24 count Flow Wrap wipes ARE maceratable.

Q: What is meant by 'what goes on is not necessarily what comes off'?
Depending on the nature of the disinfectant and of the wipe, some of its ingredients can get locked into the wipe reducing the disinfectant activity of the liquid coming off the wipe. PDI ensures that sufficient active ingredients come off the wipe to support the clinical test data.

Q: Does the mechanical action of the disinfectant wipe play a part in the disinfection process?
The mechanical action of the wipe enhances the level of disinfection by removing soil and bioburden to allow the disinfectant to act directly on the surface. The soil and bioburden collected on the wipe are then killed by the disinfectant that remains on the wipe.