Even before COVID-19 pandemic occurred,Isopropyl Alcohol 70% (IPA) wipes were widely used for germ control in healthcare settings. A 70% IPA and 30% purified water solution denatures the proteins of microorganisms, destroying bacteria and viruses, including coronaviruses. Wipes saturated with 70% IPA are most effective at infection control when rubbed on a non-porous surface for at least 30 seconds.
70% Isopropyl Alcohol Wipes
LabClean's selection of 70% IPA presaturated wipes can increase efficiency as well as reduce solvent waste and human exposure. Convenient to use prewet wipes deliver the right amount of solvent every time. Snap shut packaging keeps the alcohol from evaporating. Beyond infection control, 70% IPA wipes can also be used to remove difficult deposits from common household items, electronics, and industrial surfaces. This article will review some of the top commercial uses of 70% IPA impregnated wipes.
#1 Use for the IPA Wipe: Decontamination in Healthcare
70% IPA wipes are ubiquitous in hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities. Presaturated wipes can be ideal for sanitizing stethoscopes and similar equipment that should not be immersed in liquids. They're also practical for maintaining telephones, doorknobs, chairs, light switches, registers, and pens, and other shared surfaces to help prevent the spread of germs. Medical grade wipes can be used for general hygiene of minor scrapes or burns.
#2 Use for the IPA Wipe: Infection Control in Public Places
To help control COVID-19, presaturated wipes are now essential for keeping schools, grocery stores, schools, libraries, public transport, restaurants, gyms, and courtrooms safe. To protect the public, these facilities must follow frequent and rigorous wipe-down procedures. 70% IPA wipes are less toxic and more environmentally friendly than other harsh disinfectants that are effective at killing coronaviruses. 70% IPA dries quickly, is residue-free, and helps remove grime and oils on grocery counters and gym equipment.
#3 Use for the IPA Wipe: Wiping Down Digital Technology in Schools and Workplaces
Phone, laptops, computers, computer screens, mouses and touch screens are famous for harboring germs, even if they are not shared. Harsh disinfectants or high concentration IPA can potentially damage sensitive equipment. Using 70% IPA wipes to sanitize electronic device screens is a CDC-recommended method that doesn't introduce too much liquid to the surface, which can damage devices.
#4 Use for the IPA Wipe: All-purpose Aid for Labs
70% Isopropyl Alcohol wipes are essential tools for many labs, from industry to university settings. Whether you want to remove ink from glassware, clean a label maker, sanitize your work station, or remove sticky polymer residue from equipment, these prewet wipes will give you the elbow grease you need to get the job done right.
#5 Use for the IPA Wipe: Keeping Retail Media Efficient and Safe
Wipes impregnated with 70% IPA are ideal for keeping credit card transactions running smoothly. These antibacterial wipes are perfect for removing residue from point of sale (POS) terminals, print heads, thermal receipt printers, and keypads. Keep customers happy with these quick-dry dual-function cleaning and sanitizing wipes.
#6 Use for the IPA Wipe: Degreasing and SMT Stencil Cleaning
LapClean's 70% IPA and 30% deionized water wipes are great for cleaning semi-automatic printer stencils and touching-up automatic printer stencils. Although 99.8% IPA may be used for critical electronics, the higher water content of 70% IPA slows the alcohol evaporation rate, increasing dwell time for difficult to remove solder flux residue, grease, inks, or adhesives.
#7 Use for the IPA Wipe: Keeping Respirators Functional for Essential Workers
70% IPA wipes are essential for the maintenance of respirators. Firefighters, compounding pharmacists, chemists, production operators, and construction workers use respirators to prevent exposure to detrimental particles or fumes. Full-face, half-face, or SCBA respirators must be wiped down with 70% IPA wipes before and after use, otherwise the oil from human skin can degrade the rubber seal and make it less effective, potentially putting lives at risk.
Although IPA is not as harmful to health as many sanitizers, solvents, and pesticides, skin and lung exposure should be minimized. Using wipes versus bulk solvent reduces risk. Store away from heat, sparks, and flame and in a liquid storage cabinet. Store wipes in the original container, tightly closed.
Strong Solutions for Almost Every Industry
Lab Pro offers a variety of high quality, disposable 70% IPA presaturated wipes that are durable, lint-free, and tear-resistant for countless industrial upkeep needs.
The chemicals mentioned above are meant to be used for research, industrial work, cleaning or disinfecting and should always be stored out of the reach of young children or infants.
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