How a PDI wipes work

PDI understands that products kill microbes but people prevent infection. The Sani-Care Solution
and PDI wipes is designed to provide the necessary support.
All Sani-cloth disinfectant wipes use three actions to clean and disinfect surfaces.
These actions are: 1) Mechanical action of the wipe 2) surface contact time 3) wipe contact time.
We will examine each of these actions in-depth as we proceed through. For this demonstration the
UV marker pen is acting as this invisible organic matter and bio-burden found on many visibly clean
surfaces.

When it is dry it is only visible with a UV torch. If we can’t see it, how can we clean it?
For best results, open up the wipe fully and only use one side to prevent hands becoming
contaminated with organic matter.

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Ensure you use one wipe, for one application and use it in one direction as this will reduce cross
contamination
1) The Mechanical Action
Friction from the wipe removes soil and bio-burden from the visibly clean surface. If the surface is
visibly soiled, use a wipe to clean and the appropriate wipe to disinfect. All PDI wipes, with the
exception of Sani-Cloth 70, contain a powerful detergent and so can be used for cleaning prior to
disinfection, or a detergent wipe can be used. As you cannot see the organic matter, even after
wiping with one wipe, for one application and in one direction you are unlikely to remove all the
organic matter, and bio-burden, especially on a textured surface. What is going to disinfect what you
have left behind?
It is important to ensure that the wipe selected is effective for the spectrum of microbes on the
surface IN A PRACTICAL CONTACT TIME. The contact time is the time the disinfectant takes to kill the
microbes, the times for each wipe can be found on the product’s label.
2) surface contact time
The surface you are disinfecting MUST remain wet for the entire contact time because whilst the
surface remains wet with a disinfectant, it will disinfect what has been left behind on the surface.
While the surface is drying, the bugs are dying. In some conditions, for example if it is a particularly
hot day and the room temperature is significantly higher than normal, it may be necessary to rewet
the surface with another wipe to ensure the wet contact time. Likewise, the larger the surface to be
disinfected, the more wipes you will need to use.
3) Wipe Contact time
The microbes lifted from the surface have now been transferred into the wipe. They will be
disinfected on the wipe whilst it remains wet, for the validated contact times. This will make the
wipe safe for disposal.
To reduce the risk of cross infection, it is important to dispose of the wipe in clinical waste as soon as
possible without reusing it or leaving it on other surfaces.
For a wipe to work, it is important that they are used by a trained person who understands how a
wipe works and the importance of one wipe, for one application in one direction.
For a wipe to work it is important that the disinfectant product used has a broad spectrum of kill in
low contact times, i.e. before the point of evaporation from a surface. PDI use suspension testing to
support their contact times.
A high liquid loading on the wipe will improve the mechanical action, ensure a good liquid loading
onto the surface being disinfected and therefore meet the required contact time. It will also allow

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the wipe to remain wet long enough to disinfect the bio-burden it has picked up and reduce the risk
of cross infection.
Summary
The mechanical action of the wipe uses friction to remove soil and bio-burden from the surface
The surface contact time is the time the surface needs to remain wet to disinfect the microbes left
on the surface
While the wipe remains wet, the microbes lifted from the surface are disinfected; this makes the
wipe safe for disposal
The Sani-Care Solution includes: Training and compliance support materials; In service support;
Compliance audits and reports; and our Colour coded bracket system; and on-going support with
your infection prevention needs
Testing takes place on the liquid extracted from the wipe which is the liquid being used, this testing
includes both surface and suspension tests to international standards. The Period After Opening
(PAO) states how long the product will continue to meet its labels claims once opened
Products kill microbes but people prevent infection

PDI and Wipes Direct are the leading manufacturers and distributors of impregnated wipes in the
UK. PDI are the largest supplier of impregnated wipes to the NHS. PDI wipes the leading infection
prevention system in hospitals and the professional care industry including Hospitals, Care homes,
Dentists.

Wipes Direct a trading style of PDI Ltd, Aber Park, Aber Road, Flint, CH6 5EX
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