In a recent study performed by the University of Alberta, they suggest that wiping a plastic surface 3 times will rid the surface of most bacteria (it doesn’t even matter if a disinfectant or detergent is used). Sarah Forgie, a pediatric infectious disease specialist said, “It was the mechanical removal, not the actual act of the disinfectant that was key.” The three strains of bacteria that were used for testing were methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The bacteria counts dropped every time the plastic surface was wiped.
At BearCom, we will continue to use our detergents, sanitizers, disinfectants and microfiber rags to wipe surfaces. We still believe they are more effective than wiping alone, because that is our standard of cleaning and that is what our clients expect.