Monday, 2 April 2012

Dry Wipes and Wet Wipes

Often, regular paper towels are just not good enough for some of the tough jobs in the bottling plant or cooler servicing room. You need strength, good absorbency, low lint and a large size for usability over larger surface areas.

Industrial dry wipes, recently seen on the market, retain both wet and dry strength and possess a dense structure with extremely low lint.  Absorption capacity is 500% of its own weight and the wipe can handle water, oil and chemicals.

Some customers use j-cloths for wiping soiled bottles prior to placing in the bottle wash machine. After a while, these become soiled and even after rinsing can retain bacteria. The answer in this case is to use cloths with an antibacterial finish as an added safeguard. These are designed to inhibit growth of bacteria, yeast and mould. They have a high bulk, good strength and machine washable up to 15 times (95 deg C), which gives excellent value for money. They can be used in combination with cleaners and disinfectants.

Wet wipes are used for cleaning or disinfecting.  In their manufacture, the active component, in liquid form, is added to a high-strength, low-lint material.  The final product is packaged in tubs or pouches.  The active component is usually alcohol (IPA) or a cationic disinfectant.  Both have some disadvantages in that the alcohol can dry out over an extended period and cationic wipes should not be used on water contact surfaces (such as interior of cooler reservoirs) because of a tendency to allow bacteria to acclimatise to the cationic.

New wet wipes have appeared on the market with a superior technology which provides a longer lasting antimicrobial effect without any acclimatisation problems.  The active material is based on a multicomponent antimicrobial, thus avoiding acclimatisation and delivers a long-lasting effect while remaining safe for water contact surfaces.

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