During the current COVID-19 outbreak, people have been scrambling for essential supplies, toilet paper, masks and disinfectants. But when it comes to disinfecting wipes, are spas, salons and other professional beauty facilities getting all the facts to make an informed buying decision? We answer your questions and address some of the “little wipe lies” that might be spreading out there.*
“Can’t I simply use any disinfecting wipe against coronavirus?"
The EPA is the authoritative body that regulates disinfectants and has put together a list of Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 according to set criteria. There are some notable absences commonly found in the professional beauty space that include Barbicide Wipes and CaviWipes. While the list continues to expand, under the EPA’s current direction, Barbicide and CaviWipes cannot issue a claim of efficacy against COVID-19. Rejuvenate™ Wipes do meet the EPA’s emerging pathogen criteria for inclusion on the list and as such are authorized for use against COVID-19. So according to the EPA, your spa shouldn’t just use any wipe to fight COVID-19.
YOUR TAKEAWAY:Only use disinfectants in your salon or spa that are EPA registered and can be found on the EPA’s Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 list.
“Don’t all disinfectant wipes kill viruses at the same speed?”
While disinfectant wipes list applicable claims, many do not promote the fact that they can take as long as 10 minutes to do so. The requisite contact time, per label use instructions varies from product to product, for example Lysol Wipes (10 min), Clorox Wipes (10 min), Barbicide Wipes (3 min) CaviWipes (3 min). Rejuvenate™ Wipes require only 1 minute contact time. Can you afford to wait 3-10 minutes between client treatments?
YOUR TAKEAWAY: You want to use a disinfecting wipe that is fast acting against commonly found pathogens in your salon or spa. Check the label and make note of the contact time required and ask yourself if it’s realistic and achievable?
“I’m using a disinfecting wipe with a 10 minute contact time, how do I keep my surfaces wet that long?”
That’s a good question—you don’t. Your surfaces should be sufficiently wet for the full contact time to be achieved. If the solution begins to evaporate, it will need to be re-applied by using multiple wipes. How are you going to monitor when to re-apply? Does this give you the confidence that your colleagues or employees are likely to be compliant and achieve the desired disinfection outcome? Is your salon or spa falling short?
YOUR TAKEAWAY: If you’re using multiple wipes and waiting up to 10 minutes between client treatments, you’re neither working efficiently nor profitably. Use a disinfectant that can get the job done quickly to give you and your clients the confidence that the proper disinfection takes place each and every time.
“How much attention should I really be paying to the precautionary language found on my disinfecting wipes label?”
You should always be aware of precautionary statements found on any products you’re using regardless of what’s in them. This is especially the case for chemicals that you’re likely to be exposed to, and working with every day. Ideally, your disinfecting wipes should be tough on germs but gentle on you. They should be non-irritating to eyes and skin, odorless and not require Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like gloves or goggles. Read the precautionary label language on the products you’re using right now, you may be surprised by what you’ll find. Rejuvenate™ Wipes are unique in that they come with an EPA Category IV toxicity rating deemed “practically non-toxic and not an irritant”. They are odorless and don’t require the use of gloves or goggles.
YOUR TAKEAWAY: You should try to minimize your exposure to harsh chemicals as much as possible, particularly as you need to use them in your salon and spa after each client treatment.
Selecting the right sanitation products for your salon or spa comes with very clear cut choices.
Do you want to work with a disinfecting wipe that is EPA listed for efficacy against COVID-19, or not?
Do you want a wipe that can disinfect in 1 minute or do you have to wait 3 or even 10 minutes?
Are you concerned about achieving long contact times with multiple wipes or is “one and done” a bit more comforting?
And finally, does it really make sense to need to protect yourself from the very products that are supposed to be protecting you against germs? Is that an acceptable trade-off?
We knew there had to be a superior alternative to legacy disinfecting wipes on the market today—one that balanced efficacy with safety. That’s why we created Rejuvenate Wipes—strong enough for an outbreak yet gentle enough for use every day.
*At Virox Technologies Inc. we engineer revolutionary disinfectants for the war against pathogens. Our products not only come with official registrations from the EPA, FDA, Health Canada and other regulatory bodies around the world, but also third party validation. Most importantly we support our disinfectants through education. You can readily verify the information cited in this blog post by reading the labels, safety data sheets and reference sheets of the products mentioned here or any other products you may be using. To determine if a disinfectant is on the EPA’s Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 list, click here. The list has also been summarized here in an easy to read PDF by the American Chemistry Council.