In healthcare, it is especially important to clean thoroughly and not to spread bacteria to additional areas.
The basic principles are simple:
- Use as little moisture as possible. Leftover moisture increases bacterial growth dramatically.
- The cleaning effect is very important because bacteria multiply rapidly in dirt. Bactericides can kill the bacteria instantly, but if the surface is not clean, the bacterial growth will regain the surface within a few minutes.
- The washing process of used cleaning materials does not kill all bacteria, which means that the cleaning material spreads bacteria the next time it is used. Several tests, including from the Robert Koch Institute in Germany, show that bacteria survive washing at 95 degrees C despite the addition of bactericides. The only safe way to guarantee germ-free cleaning materials is to thermally kill the bacteria. This means a continuous heating process of at least 15 minutes at 95 degrees C. Then the laundry will be bacteria-free. The problem is that the cleaning material does not withstand these temperatures for such a long time and degenerates quickly and loses its cleaning effect.
Point 1 requires cleaning materials that work with less moisture.
Point 2 requires a high cleaning effect, which is a problem with materials that work with little moisture.
Point 3 does not really leave any alternative other than disposable material.
There are plenty of disposable materials on the market. Common is that the cleaning effect is very low and that the main task of the products is to distribute bactericides. However, this does not lead to bacteria-free surfaces.
ONEMOP is developed to meet these criteria by a good margin and still maintain the price level necessary for disposable items.
Onemop International AB, 2022