Why we love cleaning wipes

Why we love cleaning wipes

A story of flow and friction

Imagine your life without wet wipes—from spills during the long, non-air conditioned road trips of your youth to cleaning you baby’s bottom over and over and over again. These convenient cloths have been sanity savers and beloved conveniences for, well, forever, right?

The invention of wet wipes is generally credited to Arthur Julius, an American in the cosmetics industry who, in 1957, first tested it with soap for hand cleaning. Eventually he sold his Wet-Nap branded wipes to Colonel Harland Sanders to be distributed to Fried Chickencustomers of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Since that time, uses have broadened into other areas of personal care and dozens of products for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfection.  Case Solutions® Penta Wipes and Alcohol wipes bring together precisely formulated solutions and quality ingredients to ensure the cleaning and disinfecting results you expect.

Chemical properties

Wipes are differentiated primarily by the combination of chemicals that are impregnated in the wipe itself. Depending on the job the wipe is intended to do, ingredients Water are carefully combined and calibrated to achieve those goals. Case Solutions wipes all begin with a solvent: high-purity reverse osmosis water. The RO process removes sediment, total dissolved solids (TDS), and microorganisms that can contaminate surfaces or decrease the effectiveness of the cleaning chemicals. Reverse osmosis water is the ideal solvent for cleaning and disinfecting wipes and for detergents.

Surfactants are another critical ingredient, optimizing the flow of the wipe’s liquid component to achieve thorough wetting of the surface. The surfactant then helps to lift and suspend soil for subsequent removal by wiping or rinsing. Wiping with a Case Solutions Alcohol Wipe is a great way to ensure any residue is removed and helps speed drying as well. 

Mechanical action

The friction generated by wiping is also critical to the success of cleaning with wipes. The mechanical wiping action helps to break up soils and increases cleaning efficiency and speed. In automated processes, mechanical action may be generated by spraying or ultrasonic cavitation. With wipes, the source is manual scrubbing with good old elbow grease. High quality formulations can reduce the effort required to remove targeted soils.

On hand, any time

CSKITW01 Wipes KitJust like hand sanitizer is highly visible and available in public spaces, wipes are most convenient when kept close at hand. At the nurses’ station? Check. In Decontamination? Check. In the break room? Check. In the cafeteria? Check.

Contact Case Medical today to order your wipes for cleaning and sanitizing and see how much easier it can be to keep your environment clean.