How to Properly Disinfect High Touch Surfaces with Clorox Wipes

Updated: July 12, 2023

Over the past year, Lysol and Clorox Disinfectant wipes like have been a must-have. But, it’s important to follow a few steps in order to reap all the disinfecting benefits the convenient wipes have to offer.

According to CNN, over 14 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine are being administered globally, every day. But, the pandemic is not over yet. With multiple new variants, COVID-19 is still something that should be on your radar. This means that following CDC recommended cleaning and disinfecting guidelines for your home are still as important as ever.

With that in mind, it’s great having convenient and easy-to-use disinfecting tools like Lysol wipes or Clorox wipes on hand. So, here’s a few tips to make sure you’re getting the most possible disinfection protection with these wipes — for your home, office or other space.

Proper Disinfection Practices when using Disinfectant wipes

Our pro tip for using disinfectant wipes around your home or work place, is to target High Touch Surfaces!
High Touch Surfaces are anything that is touched by a lot of people, multiple times a day.

Examples of High Touch Surfaces can include, but are not limited to:

  • Light switches
  • Doorknobs
  • Cabinet and Drawer Handles
  • Tables, Chair and Countertops
  • and more

How to Prepare Surfaces for Disinfection

Now that you’ve identified what kinds of things you should be disinfecting, you need to prepare your surfaces for disinfection.
First, it’s important to thoroughly clean any dirt, dust or other grime and soil from the surfaces you plan on disinfecting. Lysol and Clorox wipes aren’t meant penetrate grease and scum. So, make sure you prep your surface before using a disinfectant wipe on it.

Also! Before ripping open a tube of wipes, always read the label. To prevent any damage, make sure that the wipes you’re using are compatible with the surface you intend to clean. You can even test the wipe in an inconspicuous area just to double check for any negative reactions

Finally, check that in the tube, your wipes are wet and not dried out. During the disinfection process, keeping the surface wet is key. So, a dry disinfectant wipe is a no-go.

Proper Disinfection Process

Now, that you’ve done the appropriate preparation, it’s time to start using the wipes. To begin, grab a wipe, and wipe the entire surface — starting at the top, and then working down, thoroughly covering the surface.

When done, the surface should be wet to the touch. You need to let the disinfectant sit wet on the surface sit for at least 4 minutes so the Lysol, Clorox, or other disinfecting chemical can do it’s work. This part is a crucial step, as wiping the surface dry takes away any disinfecting power.

After You’ve Properly Disinfected Your Surface

When done with your wipe, simply throw it away in the garbage. Make sure you do not dispose of them in the toilet or sink, as they will not dissolve.

Also, if you’ve used on any surfaces that come in contact with food, like countertops or dining tables, make sure to rinse the surface with water before using. But, do this only after the disinfectant has had time to sit, and dry.

Following these steps will up your disinfectant game and help you keep your home healthy and clean in between professional cleanings, and as we continue to work through the Coronavirus pandemic.

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