What to Know When Shopping for Wipes

The current healthcare crisis has caused a number of challenges for the fitness industry—especially with sourcing the appropriate supplies to keep your facility and equipment clean. It’s important that your fitness facility 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 easy for members to use, quick-drying, and do not have overspray.

At ELIVATE, 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: 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 or handles

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

We carry wipes in all three categories. If you are looking to stock up on one specific type of wipe, we also carry large refill packs, buckets, and wall dispensers

EPA List N Wipes

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 fitness facility 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 Facility

List N may be top of mind right now, but it’s important for you to educate yourself on the correct wipe you need to use for specific surfaces. 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 ELIVATE rep at 1.800.537.5512.

For all of your PPE needs, count on ELIVATE. We carry a wide selection of products that are in stock and available for immediate shipment.

Get access to professional pricing when you create an account or contact your account manager at 1.800.537.5512 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.

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