Protection for hands. Technique vs Effectiveness.
In the midst of this health crisis there is so much focus on hand hygiene. How often do you wash your hands? Do you have access to 60% alcohol hand sanitiser? Are you washing for 20seconds? Do you sing ‘Happy Birthday’ or ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’? but there is little focus on how long do my hands stay clean for? Would you prefer 2mins? Or 24hrs?
Simple hand-washing with readily available soap and water is one of the most effective ways we have to sanitise our hands. It removes obvious dirt and oils, as well as removing microscopic germs, bacteria and viruses. A 20second wash, with soap, under running water removed 99.9% of microbes from the skin surface. The problem with this method is that after 2minutes, once your hands touch another contaminated surface, there is no longer any protection against dangerous germs. So each time you touch a surface or yourself, you need to wash your hands again, which is just not a practical practice.
Commercially brought hand sanitisers, which contain at least 60% ethanol, are a great alternative when soap and running water aren’t available or accessible. They are quick, easy and easily transportable, making them an excellent alternatives for shopping, work or travel. The alcohol based sanitisers are suitable to sanitise hands that aren’t obviously dirty or soiled, while killing 99.9% of germs present on the skin. Although similarly to soap and water, alcohol based hand sanitisers don’t offer prolonged protection to microbes, giving only approximately 2mins of protection after drying. This means frequent application is necessary to stop further contamination and transmission of bacteria or viruses.
SIQURA sanitisers have an important difference to the above options. When used on hands or surfaces, SIQURA lays down a microscopic layer of protection that continues to kill 99.9% of germs. Easily applied to hands, rather than needing to be reapplied to stop further contamination, it continues to protect you against 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and mould for up to 24hrs (based on typical daily activities).
Technique vs Time Effectiveness:
Hand washing with soap and water:
Less than 2minutes
Hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol:
Less than 2minutes
SIQURA hand sanitiser:
Protects for up to 24hours*
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