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Hygiene doesn’t stop at the washroom


Kimberly-Clark Professional explains the science behind surface wiping – keeping ourselves and others safe and well.


Current conditions have changed our daily lives in a short period of time. Now more than ever we all want to know that we are doing everything we can to keep ourselves, colleagues and visitors safe and well. To ensure this requires understanding the science behind surface wiping and cleaning.


We want to know that the people we’re in contact with have washed their hands properly and the places we go are as clean and as hygienic as possible. For example: Are our schools/ universities clean? Will office workers clean their work surfaces properly? How hygienic are surfaces in hospitals? How many germs are found on shopping trolley handles?


Creating a more hygienic workplace, healthcare facility, shop or eatery doesn’t stop at the washroom. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends prioritising the daily cleaning and disinfecting of hot spots.


Steve Jones, General Manager (UK & Ireland) at Kimberly-Clark Professional, said: “Objects that are touched by lots of people throughout the day such as door handles, elevator buttons and shopping trolleys, should be cleaned and disinfected frequently in order to break the chain of germ transmission.


“Many of our customers are needing to think in a different way about what, how and how often they clean to keep people safe. Understanding the difference between cleaning and disinfecting enables facilities to manage hygiene more effectively and prioritise frequently touched surfaces.”


Cleaning vs. disinfecting


Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and other impurities from surfaces or objects by using detergent (or soap and water) to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.


Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects by using chemicals. This doesn’t necessarily clean dirty surfaces or


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remove germs, but killing germs on a surface after cleaning can lower the risk of spreading infection.


The CDC recommends a two-step daily routine to clean frequently touched surfaces. For ‘Step 1’, clean surfaces with a detergent/soap and water. With ‘Step 2’, disinfect the surface using an EN-registered disinfectant. The CDC guidelines also recommend providing disposable wipes so commonly-used surfaces can be wiped down before each use. Surfaces considered germ hot spots also include keyboards, phones and light switches. Science indicates why these surfaces need daily hygiene protocols in addition to hand hygiene standards.


Studies have shown that the average desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, keyboards harbour 8900 bacteria and mobile phones host 6300. In healthcare facilities, 67% of soap buckets tested harboured bacteria, with 93% of cleaning towels sampled containing live bacteria.


A study by Dr Charles Gerba on shopping trollies found E.coli on almost half. These germs may be transferred from the trolley to hands, food or face. With adults reportedly touching 7200 surfaces and their faces 552 times every 24 hours, we can see why, today, tougher hygiene protocols are required. While placing hand sanitiser and signage in offices and common areas is a step in the right direction, studies show it simply isn’t enough to make a real impact.


No matter which surface areas they use, give your employees, visitors, patients and customers greater peace of mind by providing proven cleaning and disinfecting solutions to help break the chain of transmission. In the midst of change, creating exceptional workplaces includes doing everything you can to ensure proper hand hygiene protocols and that shared surfaces are clean and hygienic.


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