Clinell Sporicidal Cleaning And Disinfectant Wipes

Clinell’s Sporicidal Disinfectant Wipes Are Proven To Reduce C.diff Disease By 72%*
Clinell Sporicidal Cleaning And Disinfectant Wipes GCS25-SGL

Patented Formula Safer Than Chlorine Tablets


Clinell Sporicidal Wipes are the world’s best form of protection against Clostridium Difficile (C.diff) in a hospital or care environment. Patented Formula to Provide the highest protection from Clostridium Difficile (C.diff) bacteria. Due to the nature of the patented technology used to create the disinfectant wipes, they are inactive when dry and only become effective when activated with water. The addition of water to the wipe activates the peracetic acid within the disposable sporicidal wipe to levels  that are proven to kill the microorganisms and bacteria responsible for Clostridium Difficile (C.diff) infections.

Benefits of Sporicidal Wipes in Healthcare Environments

Proven to reduce the instances of Clostridium Difficile infections by 72%*, Clinell’s sporicidal wipes are used in healthcare environments such as hospitals and care homes. The single use wipes can be used to wipe down equipment.

Unique delivery system for generating peracetic acid

Clinell’s sporicidal wipes are ‘dry’ - which means that when removed from the packet they will not feel wet to the touch. The single use sporicidal disinfectant wipes are equipped with a peracetic acid solution, which is activated with the addition of water. The wipe is then ready to be used for surface disinfection and cleaning of non-invasive medical devices.

A safe alternative to chlorine products

Clinell Sporicidal Wipes are a safer alternative to chlorine products, which can cause problems when used on a regular basis. Gloves must be used when using the sporicidal wipes.

Conforms to EN1275, EN1276, EN13704, EN14348, EN14476, EN14561, EN14562 and EN14563.

Antimicrobial activity

Powerful disinfecting composition using a pH optimised peracetic acid and hydrogen peroxide combination generated from sodium perborate/percarbonate and tetra acetyl ethylene diamine. High power oxidative kill against all microorganisms including non-enveloped viruses and bacterial endospores.

* TRIAL BY THE ROYAL FREE HAMPSTEAD NHS TRUST, LONDON, UK (Nursing Times Tackling C difficile with environmental cleaning Sep 2011;107:36 22-25)


Acinetobacter baumannii - EN13727 - 10 secs

Enterococcus faecalis - EN13727 - 10 secs

Enterococcus faecium (VRE) - EN13727 - 10 secs

Enterococcus hirae - EN13727 - 10 secs

Enterococcus hirae - EN14561 - 30 sec

Enterococcus hirae - EN1276 - 1 min

Escherichia coli  - EN13727 - 10 secs

Escherichia coli - EN1276 - 1 min

Klebsiella pneumoniae (ESBL) - EN13727 - 10 secs

Pseudomonas aeruginosa - EN14561 - 1 min

Pseudomonas aeruginosa - EN13727 - 10 secs

Pseudomonas aeruginosa - EN14561 - 30 sec

Pseudomonas aeruginosa - EN1276 - 1 min

Salmonella typhimurium - EN14561 - 30 sec

Staphylococcus aureus - EN13727 - 10 secs

Staphylococcus aureus - EN14561 - 1 min

Staphylococcus aureus - EN14561 - 30 sec

Staphylococcus aureus - EN1276 - 1 min


Adenovirus - EN14476 - 5 min

Canine Parvovirus - EN14476 

MERS-CoV - EN14476 - 1 min

Poliovirus - EN14476 - 10 min



Aspergillus brasiliensis - EN1650 - 5 min

Aspergillus niger - EN14562 

Candida albicans - EN14562 

Candida albicans - EN13727 - 10 secs

Candida albicans - EN1650 - 5 min



Bacillus subtilis - Bab et al - 1 min

Clostridium difficile - Siani et al - 5 min

Clostridium difficile - ASTM E2362-09 - 2 min

Clostridium difficile - EN13704 - 2 min



Mycobacterium terrae - EN14563

Q: There are many different sporicidal wipes on the market. What makes Clinell Sporicidal different to these other products?

Clinell Sporicidal is different to most other sporicidal agents on the market in terms of speed of action and reputable laboratory data with a recognized test method and full validation. There are many companies who have wipes with a sporicidal claim. The problem herein lies with the testing method that has been conducted on the wipe, the laboratory itself that has conducted the actual testing and the regulations of disinfectants in the UK. It is very important to look at the test method that a product has been subjected to in order to make a sporicidal claim. Most companies use a test method called prEN13704 which is not a fully approved test method to date. To pass this test a product is required to kill spores in a 60 minute contact time and show a 3 log kill level (99.9%). This contact time is of no practical benefit to hospitals who aim to prevent spread and further contamination in instances where C.diff is suspected or proven. In addition it requires that the formulation remains wet on the surface for 60 minutes to allow it to take effect. Again this is not achievable as no disinfectant would stay wet on a surface for that length of time. A contact time is only viable whilst the surface is wet. If the contact time is ever achieved it will only have reduced the spore count by 3 log which again is not much gain for such a long waiting time and will not prevent transmission. In addition to all this, the laboratory used to conduct the test must be examined further. Many companies use non accredited laboratories in the UK because they are not audited and are cheaper to use. The problem is these laboratories don’t have the experience to conduct the microbiological tests asked of them and may get false positive results. Unfortunately there is no governing body in the UK who can prevent this from happening and it is up to hospitals to assess each product and draw their own conclusions as to how well the products have been tested. These unaccredited laboratories will often test the formulation being put into the wipes as opposed to the wipes themselves containing the formulation in question. What goes into a wipe is not necessarily what comes off a wipe and this is due to the wipe material itself binding certain molecules in the formulation and preventing its subsequent release when required. This is why it is imperative to test the run off formulation from a wipe itself as this is what is being used by the hospitals and this is the actual product that the claims are attributed to. Clinell Sporicidal Wipes have been tested at The Hospital Infection Research Laboratory at Dudley Road, Birmingham by Ms Christina Bradley. The test method used was not the prEn13704 due to a low kill count and a non-practical or achievable contact time. The laboratory used the Babb et al test protocol which requires a maximum contact time of 5 minutes and a kill count of at least 5 logs (99.999%) to be achieved. Clinell Sporicidal achieved a greater then 6 log kill count (99.9999%) in a 1 minute contact time in dirty conditions. This claim makes Clinell Sporicidal the most powerful wipe in the world to date. Clinell Sporicidal utilizes peracetic acid to kill spores and this particular disinfectant is recognised as one of the best known antimicrobial agents in existence. The reason it is not used more regularly is due to its unstable nature but Clinell Sporicidal uses a patented delivery system to generate the peracetic acid on demand which overcomes the stability issue. In other words, we have not created a new chemical but have found a new delivery mechanism for generating peracetic acid.

Q: What format do the wipes come in?

The wipes come as 25 sheets in a pack with each wipe consisting of 2 dry wipes stuck together with a range of different powders sandwiched between the 2 dry non woven material. Each wipe size is 21x30cm and consists of absorbent, airlaid, non woven material which is maceratable.

Q: What happens when the wipes are activated?

Clinell Sporicidal Wipes are inactive and dry in the pack and need to be activated with water prior to use – although ensure that gloves are worn before activation. When activated, the powders sandwiched between the 2 wipes will instantaneously produce hydrogen peroxide and this will interact with the Tetra Acetyl Ethylene Diamine (TAED) to produce peracetic acid. The sporicidal activity comes from both the hydrogen peroxide and the peracetic acid, although the latter is the main agent. The peracetic acid produces a characteristic odour of vinegar (acetic acid) which will be apparent immediately on activation and this will become more apparent after a few minutes, as more peracetic acid is produced.

Q:What happens when the wipes are activated?

Clinell Sporicidal Wipes are inactive and dry in the pack and need to be activated with water prior to use – although ensure that gloves are worn before activation. When activated, the powders sandwiched between the 2 wipes will instantaneously produce hydrogen peroxide and this will interact with the Tetra Acetyl Ethylene Diamine (TAED) to produce peracetic acid. The sporicidal activity comes from both the hydrogen peroxide and the peracetic acid, although the latter is the main agent. The peracetic acid produces a characteristic odour of vinegar (acetic acid) which will be apparent immediately on activation and this will become more apparent after a few minutes, as more peracetic acid is produced.

Q: Why can the wipes not be wet and therefore save the activation step?

Peracetic acid is a very unstable chemical and will breakdown very easily and quickly. It is one of the best antimicrobial agents in existence, but its unstable nature makes it very hard to utilize it in practical terms. Ideally a bottle of peracetic acid would be given to all wards and they would be told to use it as and when needed but unfortunately the peracetic acid would break down to acetic acid (vinegar), water and carbon dioxide very quickly, hence this is not a viable option. To overcome this problem, Clinell Sporicidal will produce peracetic acid as and when needed so that the instability issue is negated. Therefore in the pack of wipes when inactive there is no peracetic acid which is why the wipes are dry in the pack and need to be activated with water (or any body fluid) prior to use.

Q: Is peracetic acid safe to use?

Peracetic acid is a very powerful antimicrobial agent due to its high oxidising potential. It has a non specific kill mechanism against microorganisms and is not deactivated by catalase and peroxidase, the enzymes which break down hydrogen peroxide. It also breaks down to safe and environmentally friendly residues (acetic acid, carbon dioxide and water and can therefore be used in non-rinse applications. It can be used over a wide temperature range (0 - 40 °C), wide pH range, in clean-in-place (CIP) processes, in hard water conditions and is not affected by protein residues.

Q: Where was the testing conducted for this wipe?

Clinell Sporicidal Wipes were tested at various UK accredited laboratories. The majority of the testing was carried out at The Hospital Infection Research Laboratory by Ms Christina Bradley. Further testing was done to ensure compatibility with different materials, user safety, water loading tests and tests to identify timescales of activity.

Q: Why does it have a single use symbol on a pack of 25 wipes?

Each individual wipe is single use. Clinell Sporicial Wipes are single use to prevent the possibility of microbial cross contamination from one medical device to another.

Q: What products does the wipe replace?

This is a high level disinfecting product and primarily replaces chlorine based compounds that are used to kill spores. It is not designed as an everyday wipe (like Clinell Universal Wipes) but more as a specialised wipe to be used in specific situations.

Q: Chlorine is much cheaper than Clinell Sporicidal Wipes. Why should I use Clinell Sporicidal over hypochlorite based products?

  1. Clinell Sporicidal is safer for the end user and anyone within close proximity to the wipes. Chlorine releases toxic fumes which can be carcinogenic and may cause respiratory problems.
  2. Clinell Sporicidal is safe on materials including plastics, rubbers & metals, unlike chlorine tablets. This is a very important advantage as it will save a hospital significant money when it comes to replacing damaged equipment.
  3. Chlorine is time consuming to prepare and also requires precise measurements to ensure that the concentration is at a level that will kill spores. Clinell Sporicidal can be activated in less than 5 seconds and is not subject to precise measurements to get the concentration done accurately.
  4. The ease of use of Clinell Sporicidal will have a direct impact on reducing the rates of C.diff infection which in turn will save a hospital more money than the initial increased cost of switching over to Clinell Sporicidal from chlorine.

Q: Which microorganisms does this wipe kill?

This wipe is designed to kill all germ groups but it is marketed specifically as a sporicidal wipe due to the fact that spores are the hardest pathogen group to kill. This wipe is a specialised product and is not designed as an everyday wipe. It is used in specific situations e.g. commode cleaning, in areas where there is an outbreak of C.diff (or suspected outbreak).

Q: What would happen if the activated sporicidal wipe touches my skin?

Always wear gloves when using Clinell Sporicidal Wipes but should it accidentally touch your skin, do not worry. The majority of individuals will not feel anything if the activated wipe is in direct contact with their skin. A small minority will feel a slight tingling sensation on their skin which may slightly blanch in colour for a few minutes. This will wear off by itself but washing the skin with lots of water is recommended. If irritation persists then seek medical assistance.

Q: Is there a need to wear a face mask?

Most people will not require a face mask but should the smell of the wipes cause mild irritation then a face mask should hopefully overcome this particular problem. Oxidative chemicals can irritate the mucous membranes and may lead to coughing and breathing difficulties. This is very common with Chlorine. The amount of peracetic acid and hydrogen peroxide vapour produced from an activated wipe is almost negligible.

Q: What are the uses of this wipe?

  1. Everyday commode cleaning.
  2. Environmental and equipment disinfection in proven or suspected cases of Clostridium difficile.
  3. Terminal cleaning.

Q: Do I need to clean first before using this wipe?

No, you do not need to clean before using this wipe because the wipes contain detergent so the first step of cleaning is carried out simultaneously. This wipe can be used immediately in highly soiled areas.

Q: Can resistance occur with this wipe?

The action of peracetic acid is non selective and very generalised so will not give rise to resistance.

Q: Are there any disposal or storage requirements?

There are no special requirements at all with regards to disposal or storage. After use the wipes should be discarded in the clinical waste bins.

Q: How would you summarise the benefits of Clinell Sporicidal Wipes?

  1. The most powerful wipe in the world today.
  2. Kills all known microorganisms.
  3. Safe to use on the majority of materials (if unsure please refer to manufacturer’s guidelines or call GAMA Healthcare’s customer services).
  4. Kills spores with 1 minute contact time and a greater then 6 log kill count in dirty conditions.
  5. The only wipe to effectively replace chlorine based compounds.
  6. Environmentally friendly.
  7. No toxic fumes so can be used in close proximity to patients.
  8. Works in highly soiled conditions.
  9. Nodilution necessary so will save time as compared to using chlorine tablets.
  10. Ease of use will improve compliance and also help reduce Clostridium difficile rates.

Q: Can you provide me with information about Clostridium Difficile?

In 2006 in the UK there were 6,480 deaths associated with the spore forming bacteria C. difficile, a 72 per cent increase from 2005. Current methods to deal with spores that are based on chlorine tablets which is complex to make up and causes many hazards to the user and the environment. Peracetic acid has long been known to be one of the best and safest spore killers on the market. It has many advantages over chlorine based products including higher kill count, excellent activity in dirty conditions and it is environmentally friendly, breaking down into harmless by products. The main problem with peracetic acid is that it breaks down rapidly into harmless by products and this has practical limitations with regards to storage for more than a few hours without it breaking down. Clinell Sporicidal allows the user to generate peracetic acid on demand by the simple addition of liquid to a dry wipe, thereby overcoming the problem of peracetic acid degradation. In other words, the packs of wipes contain no peracetic acid and this is only created when the wipes are activated with water. Clinell Sporicidal offers an easier, safer and more effective alternative to chlorine based products. The ease of use of the product and its high efficacy against spores will ensure a high impact on reducing C. difficile rates and the deaths associated with it. Clinell Sporicidal come in 25 wipe packs, designed for dealing primarily with spores as a hard surface wipe. They are ideal for commode cleaning and terminal bed cleaning by nursing staff. It can also use be used on non-invasive medical devices although manufacturer cleaning instructions must be adhered to.

Q: What are Clinell Sporicidal Wipes clinical advantages?

  1. Will not damage metals, plastics and rubbers unlike chlorine based products.
  2. Quick and easy to use without the need for precise measurement or dilutions. Chlorine requires dilution to precise levels before use and hence wastes time (plus encourages non-compliance).
  3. Environmentally friendly - breaks down into harmless by-products. Chlorine compounds by-products are toxic to the user and patients and are carcinogenic.
  4. Works in highly soiled conditions - unlike chlorine - killing spores deep in dirt such as faeces.
  5. Kills all pathogenic microorganisms including spores of Clostridium difficile.
  6. No toxic fumes so it can be used next to patients.
  7. Delivers peracetic acid on demand to the site of need.
  8. Comes in a stable form which does not dry out.
  9. Non selective action. Does not give rise to resistance.
  10. Contains no alcohol or organic solvents.

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