Disinfectant Wipes Kill 44 Different Pathogens

Dentistry Today


The Clorox Healthcare VersaSure Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes are designed for broad-spectrum disinfection on common healthcare surfaces. Their alcohol-free quat formula is Environmental Protection Agency-registered to kill 44 bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The unique, low-odor, low-residue formula features patented technology that enhances quat activity on surfaces for broader efficacy and faster kill times without co-actives as well, Clorox reports. 

The 44 microorganisms that VersaSure kills include 14 multi-drug resistant pathogens in two minutes or less; influenza viruses, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), measles, mumps, and other viruses in 30 seconds; and bacteria and fungi such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Vancomycin resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE), Escherichia coli (E coli), salmonella, mycobacterium bovis (TB), and Candida albicans in two minutes.

The alcohol-free quat technology and wipe design provide aesthetics, wetness, and cleaning power, Clorox says. The low-residue formula is designed for staff and patient comfort with no harsh chemical fumes or odors. The durable, low-linting wipes are textured for greater strength, the company says. And, the wetness provides greater surface coverage than competing quat and quat-alcohol wipes, ensuring surfaces will remain wet for the full contact time, Clorox adds.

VersaSure wipes are designed to be ready to use, fast, and compatible with a broad range of hard, non-porous surfaces in healthcare settings. Sizes include multipurpose wipes in 85- and 150-count canisters and 30-count flat packs, along with terminal wipes for everyday cleaning and disinfecting of large spaces in 110-count buckets and refill pouches, making them convenient for facility-wide use, Clorox says. 

“Not all disinfectants are created equal, and many don’t have the optimal balance of attributes to meet users’ needs. For example, a conventional quat or alcohol-based product might offer good compatibility, but have limited kill claims or evaporate from surfaces before meeting the required contact time,” said Brian Thompson, department manager, R&D, Clorox Healthcare.

“We believe healthcare facilities shouldn’t have to make those tradeoffs, and with VersaSure, they don’t. Our R&D teams refused to make compromises between efficacy, aesthetics, wetness, and cleaning power, and today we are excited to offer a one-step, ‘use everywhere’ wipe with broad-spectrum efficacy healthcare facilities can trust,” said Thompson.

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