The current healthcare crisis has caused a number of challenges for the physical therapy industry—especially with sourcing the appropriate supplies to keep your practice clean in between patients. It’s important that your practice is stocked with the necessary cleaning supplies—not just now, but in the future too. Wipes are a great alternative to cleaning sprays because they are quick-drying, require no additional supplies to use, and do not have overspray.
At MeyerPT, we carry a variety of both EPA and non-EPA registered products as well as FDA and non-FDA compliant products including disinfectant, sanitizing, and cleaning wipes. Each type of wipe serves a different purpose, which is why we are breaking down what you should know before buying them.
Types of Wipes
As mentioned above, there are three types of wipes that you should familiarize yourself with.
Disinfectant: These are the most powerful wipes you can purchase. They are typically formulated with an EPA-registered cleaning formula to be effective against common pathogens.1
Typically used on the following surfaces: treatment tables, headrests, phones
Sanitizing: These wipes are great for use in high-traffic areas. They are typically formulated with an FDA-approved cleaning formula to kill or remove germs on surfaces.2
Typically used on the following surfaces: check-in desk, door knobs
Cleaning: These are the lowest level wipe, designed for everyday cleaning needs. Cleaning wipes are formulated to clean and deodorize surfaces while leaving minimal residue.
Typically used on the following surfaces: benches, waiting room chairs
Wipes on the EPA’s List N
This list features a selection of disinfecting products that meet the EPA’s strict criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. To find specific products on List N, you can search by the product’s designated EPA registration number, product name, contact time, formulation type, and more. Before using an EPA-registered disinfectant, be sure to follow the directions as listed on the product label.3
Although disinfectant wipes are EPA registered, that does not mean that they are all listed on List N. When wipes are EPA registered, it simply means that they have a pathogen kill claim—not necessarily one for SARS-CoV-2.
If your practice requires the use of List N disinfectant wipes, we carry them. You can shop List N disinfectant wipes by clicking here.
Choosing the Right Wipe for Your Practice
List N disinfectant wipes may be top of mind right now, but it’s important for you to choose the correct wipe based on your practice’s needs. If you have questions about what type of wipe you should use on certain surfaces, please refer to the Types of Wipes section above or reach out to your MeyerPT rep at 1.866.528.2144.
For all of your PPE needs, count on MeyerPT. We carry a wide selection of products that are in stock and available for immediate shipment.
Create an account with MeyerPT today or contact your personal account manager at 1.866.528.2144 for more information.
1 “Selected EPA-Registered Disinfectants.” EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, 22 Sept. 2020, www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/selected-epa-registered-disinfectants.
2 O’Neill, Maggie. “This Is the Major Difference Between Sanitizers and Disinfectants.” Health.com, 29 May 2020, www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/sanitize-vs-disinfect.
3 “List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).” EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, 13 Aug. 2020, www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19.