Tubs of wipes of various kinds are now a feature of many worksites and I use them regularly myself. Even clients ask me where to get them, once they see how useful they can be in cleaning up stains, spills, marks and dirty hands at the end of a day. But wipes have now also been round long enough for us to realise that we have to choose between them carefully. Some of the cheaper ones are cheap for the reason that they don’t work that well, while some others are expensive for a reason, but that reason may not be the stuff we are trying to get off our hands after work.
· Not the cheapest wipes – but they are excellent
· Well-designed tub
· Wipes come out evenly
· Makes hands feel smooth and protected
· Works on foam – a big bonus for me
So, it is time we got to grips with what various brands and types of wipes will do and then choose from the range that suits us best. These Delta wipes are labelled All Trade Workshop Wipes and are “specially formulated for removing oil, grease, paint, expanding foam, sealants and adhesives from hands, tools and surfaces.” This list covers a lot of trades from plumbers to decorators to mechanics. But it is interesting to note that the basic materials that the wipes will clean are all basically greasy or sticky and as such they should work well. In my experience, other surfaces may need a “biological” wipe, a textured surface wipe, or some other variation. Like kissing frogs to find a prince, you will just have to try lots before you find the solution that is best for you. Not all wipe containers are created equal either. I have seen many tubs with the lids taped on because they have been broken off. A loose or broken lid will allow the wipes inside to slowly dry out and become useless. The Delta Wipes, fortunately, have a nice close fitting lid with an easy-to-use system for pulling the wipes through so that they arrive one-by-one and separate from each other easily.
The lid sealer also fits tightly so that evaporation is minimised. Perhaps the most important thing of all is the formulation of the cleaning solution that the wipes contain. Ultimately that, and the strength and texture of the wipe itself, will determine its effectiveness. To answer the above, the Delta wipes are made of polypropylene (don’t flush them – put them in the rubbish bag) immersed in a cleaning solution that also includes lanolin for protecting hands from drying out and anti-bacterial agents for killing the usual 99.9% of germs. Armed with only these wipes I set out for a job that involved replacing a window from a wooden framed one to a uPVC unit. This, of course, meant using the dreaded expanding foam, and also some minor making-good redecoration with both gloss and
emulsion paint. In my experience, only very few wipes will actually shift expanding foam, even if they say they do. The Delta wipes were pretty good at removing expanding foam and worked particularly well on hands.
The odd spot or two on smooth surfaces was also swiftly dealt with, and any drops of paint were also easily cleaned up – even when they had dried a little. The end of the day final wipe of hands showed that my hands were clean, sweet smelling, and not dried out from powerful solvents – in my book they tick all the boxes so I would definitely use these again.