Clinell efficacy against coronavirus (COVID-19)

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11th September 2020

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Clinell Universal Wipes are proven effective against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) in a 30 second contact time.

[Update: 11/09/20: Clinell Universal Wipes are proven effective against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2), in a 30 second contact time. They have been tested according to EN14476 by an accredited, third-party laboratory.]

Original publication date 23/01/20.


COVID-19 was previously known as ‘novel coronavirus (nCoV)’ and ‘2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)’. It’s a disease caused by an emerging strain of virus from the same family as those that cause ‘Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV)’ and were responsible for the SARS outbreak in 2003.

The novel coronavirus was first identified on the 7th of January 2020 and the situation is still rapidly evolving. Healthcare providers, national and international organisations are still deliberating. We will be responding to the situation as it develops. This post addresses the efficacy of Clinell Universal Wipes (‘green wipes’) and Clinell Sporicidal Wipes (‘red wipes’) against coronaviruses.

Choosing the right wipe.

Clinell Universal Wipes are effective against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) in just 30 seconds of contact time.

Clinell Sporicidal Wipes are fully virucidal. They're also effective against coronaviruses in a 60 second contact time. Unless otherwise indicated, it’s not necessary to move up to Clinell Sporicidal Wipes to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Clinell Universal Wipes excel against coronavirus.

All three are validated against EN14476. They were tested at Microbac Laboratory, a third-party Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory in the USA (one of the few independent laboratories in the world accredited to conduct efficacy testing on the COVID-19 virus).

Clinell Universal Wipes were tested against SARS-CoV-2, the exact strain of human coronavirus that causes COVID-19 – not a surrogate.

30 second efficacy.

Clinell Universal Wipes are effective against the COVID-19 virus in 30 seconds. Clinell Sporicidal Wipes are proven effective against coronavirus in 60 seconds. That means it’s important to understand contact time. Contact time is the length of time the surface being disinfected must remain wet for the disinfectant to work.

Clinell Universal Wipes and Clinell Sporicidal Wipes are formulated to keep surfaces wet for the whole contact time. It’s important for users to remember to discard wipe they’re using as it becomes dry or soiled.

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No pre-cleaning required.

Clinell Universal Wipes and Clinell Sporicidal Wipes are single-step detergent/disinfectant wipes. That means they clean and disinfect in a single action.

For our surface products, that means – unlike chlorine – that surfaces don't need to be pre-cleaned before disinfecting.

This reduces the opportunity for user error and makes sure we’re always delivering an effective dose of disinfectant.

When to use.

For more information about COVID-19, please see your local infection prevention team or the latest national or international guidance. World Health Organisation, Centres for Disease Control and Department of Health and Social Care.

For more information information about product efficacy, please see the website pages for the Clinell Universal Range and Clinell Sporicidal Wipes.

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