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How quickly bacteria can spread

Posted on 16th Oct, 2014 in Wet wipes by John Smith Tags:

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Bacteria are among the fastest reproducing organisms in the world, doubling every 4 to 20 minutes. The organisms can grow and divide at a surprisingly rapid rate, increasing risk for those who come in contact with spaces in which there has been bacteria.

Because bacteria is reproduced mostly by asexual reproduction, it can multiply relatively efficiently, but there are some ways we can control its growth…

Dirty surfaces

The most common way in which bacteria is spread is through contact. Touching a bacteria-laden doorknob, or shaking hands with an individual with a cold who is carrying bacteria on them is a reliable way to spread bacteria. Simply touching food with dirty hands can cause bacteria to grow. It spreads easily from person to person, from person to object or from object to person.

Bodily fluids

Sneezing and coughing are also ways to ensure bacteria is spread. If you sneeze, cough or blow your nose while in a crowd, you are essentially sharing your bodily fluids with the people around you. During this time it’s important to reduce contact with sick people and to ensure that if they are in the workplace, adequate measures are being taken to prevent the spread of their bacteria.

Poor hygiene

If the hygiene of an area is poor, then bacteria will be spread more readily through personal contact. Not all preventative measures will stop bacteria spreading, but they should curtail it.

Prevent the spread of bacteria

Prevention tips for all the above include:

  • Washing your hands regularly and using antibacterial wipes whenever necessary. Our Clinitex Wet Wipes are twofold, they clean hands and remove bacteria making them one of our best sellers. They kill 99% of germs. Our Clinitex Gels are another great option, the alcoholic hand gel is useful for spaces frequented by large numbers of people, such as zoos, schools or hospitals.
  • When cleaning surfaces, ensure they are thoroughly dry once they’ve been cleaned. Dampness helps any remaining germs to survive and if there’s enough water they’ll multiply.
  • Cleaning aids, such as cloths or mops, must be germ-free or they’ll spread germs to other surfaces. Within eight hours, one bacterium on a damp cloth can multiply to six million! Our professional Janitorial wipes are colour coded for hygiene and come in a mix of disposable and long-lasting varieties. You can discover the range for yourself here.
  • Always opt for disposable cloths or paper towels when possible. Our range of Clinitex surface wipes are a particularly useful substitute. The wet wipes are disposable, remove dirt and grime from surfaces quickly and are gentle enough to use on a range of surfaces from doors, to worktops, to trolleys. Within the range you’ll find the multi-surface Detergent Wipes, Food Processing Wipes, Alcohol Wipes, Alcohol Free Wipes and the heavy-duty, industry quality Maxi Pro Wipes. You can find out more about each of these products on our website.
  • If you do have to use re-usable cloths or mops, ensure they are disinfected and dried after each use.
  • Wash washing-up brushes in a dishwasher regularly or clean with detergent and warm water after each use.

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