April 20th 2020

CLEAN VS DISINFECTED. What difference does it make?

In the current climate the transmission of germs presents a greater risk than ever before.  Germs are everywhere – an invisible hazard, predominantly transmitted by touch and contact through people.  The healthcare industry is one that can’t take chances, particularly with the outbreak of COVID-19 which has a relatively high rate of infection compared to common viruses such as flu.

Hospitals need to reduce the risks as much as possible, and although keeping everything clean is perceived to be the way to do this, disinfecting is actually the only way to effectively banish 99.9% of viruses and dramatically lower the risk of spreading infection.

The healthcare industry requires a large number of printed materials to ensure that standards and instructions are met by healthcare works, patients and visitors. Signage can not only be important, but in some cases critical, delivering key information throughout hospitals and surgeries.  Documentation which travels between departments and people has the potential to carry with it germs, creating an invisible risk. Labelling is another important printed product which needs sanitizing if being touched or handled.

The one way to ensure that all of these vital communication materials are protected is with disinfecting.  Common disinfectants are alcohol and chemical based which have to be strong enough to kill 99.9% of germs, these harsh ingredients serve a purpose, but bring with them risk of damaging printed materials that have not been printed on synthetics which are specifically designed to withstand them.

It has been suggested that alcohol-based cleaners can be “watered down” so that the print is not compromised, but this presents a huge risk in the effectiveness of the cleaner becoming too diluted, and goes against the recommended advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The WHO recommends a minimum of 60% alcohol content to fully disinfect surfaces and to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  Therefore, any attempted dilution of a product, or a cleaning product not manufactured to this standard would not fully disinfect a surface.

Standing up to the challenge is KernowPrint – the most tested and trusted material and the ONLY alcohol and chemical resistant solution in the market. KernowPrint has become the healthcare’s print partner, delivering durable, economic and alcohol-washable print solutions through a variety of applications including medical charts, name tags, signage and medical laboratory logs.

What’s the difference? The difference is all about the coatings. Utilising a unique coating that provides resistance to most liquids including anti-bacterial cleaners, rubbing alcohol, hospital grade cleaning materials and contaminants, no other material matches the engineered surfaces of KernowPrint’s range of dry toner synthetics.

In today’s world, clean is simply not good enough.   Take a look at our graphic which shows the difference.

Please keep signs, labels, and notifications properly disinfected to help stop the spread of COVID-19

Protect yourself.  Protect Others.  Stay Safe.   

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