Do iCloth Cleaning Wipes Kill Germs?
We get this question all the time. Our business, the business of touchscreen cleaning, has a holy grail and it is this: achieving pure optical clarity while being able to make the honest claim that the product kills 99.99% of germs & bacteria.
There are different ways to kill germs, and there are different ways to achieve optical clarity on sensitive surfaces. The challenge becomes how to kill germs on sensitive surfaces… to have a product that does both. Bear with me, I’ll explain.
Firstly, touchscreens, acrylics, polycarbonate, coated lenses and surfaces are easily damaged by conventional germ-killing cleaning products and practices. They may be physically strong but they are easily scratched, etched, penetrated and weakened by harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaning substrates.
At best, micro-scratches will accumulate until they become easily visible, leaving behind a tell-tale white fog that, because it’s a form of permanent damage, obviously cannot be cleaned away. At worst, touchscreens can become unresponsive and incapacitated, potentially ruined.
Second, when you are cleaning touchscreens, acrylics, polycarbonate, coated lenses and surfaces you have to be very careful, both with what you use and how you use it. We have researched our materials in depth to find components that are highly effective yet non-damaging to help protect these types of surfaces. With iCloth Cleaning Wipes, you can be 100% confident that you are using a tool that will help you achieve optical clarity and protect your investments from surface damage.
If you are looking for a medical-grade germ killer, however, here’s the answer: Our products contain isopropyl alcohol, which does kill germs at a high concentration. But since our formula is water-based and contains a low concentration of isopropyl (just enough to dissolve grease), we do not make the claim that our products are anti-bacterial. Not in the scientific sense.
To achieve true germ-killing status, there are a few commonly-used cleaning products:
1. They contain a high percentage alcohol, generally 63% or more of ethyl or isopropyl alcohol. Ethyl alcohol is damaging to plastics and coatings, both products are flammable at that percentage and evaporate off the surface extremely quickly. This makes it difficult to dissolve all the contaminants so they can be reabsorbed into the wiping material being used. Not safe, damaging and ineffective.
2. Products like BZK (Benzalkonium chloride), which can be used in small percentages, may not be harmful to screens or plastics. However these products actually work by leaving a solid layer behind on the surface, meaning that the germ-killing action occurs during the prolonged contact between with the germs, the BZK and the surface. The benefit is that the surface will stay “germ-free” longer, but the downside is that you sacrifice optical clarity to the leftover cloudy film. When you are looking at something that is supposed to be clear and shiny… cloudy may be germ-free… but it is certainly not clean.
3. Quaternary ammonium compounds are gaining popularity in healthcare environments because they have been effective in killing traditionally hard-to-destroy bacteria… but current formulations appear to be damaging touchscreens in hospitals and making them unresponsive. Using these types of compounds can prove to be a very costly mistake.
Furthermore, there are a great number of regulatory and control issues when manufacturing and distributing industrial-grade disinfectants. This requires a different kind of business: clean room manufacturing, product traceability at a totally different level, regulated efficacy testing and so on. Selling and distributing those kinds of products takes on many different challenges, challenges which are not the main core of our business.
While we continue to look for new formulations that can offer optical clarity and kill germs, we are currently focused on perfecting the best cleaning tool possible for optical clarity and protection on touchscreens, acrylics, polycarbonate, and coated lens and surfaces. Although we can’t say that we are killing germs, our formula most certainly lifts off whatever contaminants are on the surface and disposes of them, much like washing your hands with soap and water washes germs down the drain.
Clean is clean, and iCloth® does clean better than anyone else.
iCloth Individually-Sealed Touch Screen Cleaning Wipes are available online at Amazon.com. Read the customer reviews and you’ll come to the same conclusion that many others already have: they’re simply the best cleaning wipes out there. We have a 100% hassle-free product quality guarantee, so get some today and bring your electronics back to that just-out-of-the-box, sparkling clean feeling every single day.