Hand hygiene may get the most attention when it comes to the spread of illness, but don’t overlook the importance of surfaces. After all, hands most often become contaminated through the touching of high-touch surfaces such as door knobs and handrails. Bacteria and viruses spread quickly from those surfaces to hands and vice versa. Consider these facts:


Only 34%
of people wash their hands after sneezing or coughing.1


Some cold and flu viruses can survive on surfaces for up to
72 HRS.


  • 70% of restaurant chairs tested contained harmful bacteria3 according to testing done by microbiologist Philip Tierno, PhD


  • University of Arizona microbiologist Charles Gerba, PhD found Office Phones were the “dirtiest” item in an office with 25,000+ bacteria units each of 60 types of bacteria
  • Office desks contain 21,000 bacteria units each3


  • Refrigerator doors contain 327,000 colony-forming units per square inch – 18 times more than a pet toy and 4.5 times more than a shopping cart3 according to findings by EMLab P&K

Applying a disinfectant (not a cleaner or sanitizer) to these surfaces can eliminate these germs and should be used frequently throughout the day.

There are several options when it comes to disinfecting products, but the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of the National Institutes of Health, reports, “On high-touch surfaces, the use of disposable wipes… may represent a more effective alternative to standard cleaning and disinfection procedure… showing effectiveness in reducing microbial contamination and residual disinfection activity.”4

The major benefits of effectively eliminating germs on high-touch surfaces include:

  • Reducing staff/employee illness and absenteeism
  • Helping to keep customers/clients/guests safe and healthy
  • Reducing costly health code violations or bad press
  • Improved guest experience from a clean environment
Sani Professional® Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes are ideal for high-touch surfaces to help stop the spread of germs such as the cold and flu viruses.*

Learn where and how to use Sani Professional Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes