James Taylor, Marketing Director Specialties EMEIA at Berry Global, explains the cleaning solutions driving positive change in the healthcare sector.

The wide range of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) continue to pose a very real threat in healthcare environments, but the emergence of the highly contagious coronavirus disease, has led to even greater scrutiny of the cleanliness of hospitals.

For healthcare-based FM teams, this means that the close and careful sanitisation of all touch points, floors and fittings has become one of the most important aspects of their role if they are to prevent cross-contamination of harmful bacteria and effectively limit the number of confirmed cases.

Understanding the most appropriate cleaning materials by which this can be achieved, however, remains a considerable challenge for even the most proficient healthcare FM professionals.

One solution that is adding significant value as teams tackle the ongoing pandemic, is working with disposable microfibre wipes and cloths – such as those produced by Chicopee.

A proven solution For a long time, traditional woven cloths have been the go-to solution for the healthcare sector, but with tests revealing around 30% of the germs they pick up are deposited onto the next surface wiped, NHS trusts and health care organisations across the UK are increasingly seeking more effective solutions.

The superior cleaning performance of 100% microfibre cloths, and the greater microbial removal proficiencies of such solutions when compared to woven cloth comparatives, offer significant benefits. Be that as it may, 93% of laundered microfibre cloths still contain dangerous levels of bacteria even after washing, according to the American Journal of Infection Control.

The limited time usage of microfibre based solutions – such as Chicopee’s Microfibre Economy cloth - feature a unique structure that facilitates the removal of 99.99% of bacteria, securely trapping it in the material without the use of chemicals, and significantly reduces the risk of cross-contamination. While, by virtue of being completely disposable after use, safeguarding against bacteria being released onto the next surface cleaned.

Indeed, Chicopee’s disposable 100% microfibre range has been proven to deliver superior cleaning efficacy and lower pathogen transmission when compared with re-useable (laundered) microfibre cloths.

When tested under simulated cleaning conditions against numerous bacteria at University College London Hospitals, results showed that the number of median log10 MRSA and K. pneumoniae incorporating a soil suspension on the single-use solutions were consistently lower.


Investigations were similarly positive in favour of disposable cloths and mops when determining the number of organisms present in pristine, laundered and disposable cleaning materials. While Chicopee’s disposable cloth and mops displayed no relevant microbial contamination, spore forming bacteria were recovered from both pristine and laundered microfiber cloths and mop heads used for cleaning hospital rooms after washing.

In addition, for surfaces that are customarily cleaned with spray and wipe systems, the improved dwell time of Chicopee’s Single Use Dispensing System (S.U.D.S.TM) releases the maximum amount of cleaning chemical across the surface for an optimum cleaning performance. What’s more, all of this can be achieved at a lower cost when compared to buying pre-impregnated sanitising or disinfecting wipes.

In safe hands The role of healthcare facilities manager places them at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, so naturally having appropriate cleaning solutions in place to safeguard patients, medical staff and visitors has become the primary concern.

With extensive experience in healthcare environments – from hospitals, to care homes, health centres and GP surgeries – Chicopee provides true confidence to FM professionals worldwide with its innovative and cost- effective solutions that solve everyday challenges.

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