Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding our Conti® range

We Are Usually Asked About:

What are the Conti® wipes made from?

Conti® offer a range of wipes ranging from lightweight polypropylene, up to heavyweight cellulose-based products. This selection provides choice for our customers to select the most appropriate product for their needs. Full details for each product can be found in our literature.

Can I dispose of Conti® wipes in a macerator?

The Conti® Washcloth and Conti® Flushable wipes are suitable to be disposed of in a macerator. Both products are made from high-quality cellulose-based materials, ensuring they are fully maceratable and more environmentally friendly. The rest of the Conti range isnot maceratable.

Can I use Conti® wipes on patients with sensitive skin?

Yes, all our Conti® wipes are suitable for patients with sensitive skin. We do however urge users to discontinue use if any irritation occurs.

Can I use Conti® wipes to clean surfaces and/or equipment?

Conti® wipes are intended to be used as patient wipes, however they are also suitable for surface cleaning.

Are Conti® wipes CE Marked?

No, the Conti® wipes are not CE marked as they are not classified as a medical device, therefore there is no specific EU directive to register the products against or any requirement to do so.

Are Conti® wipes biodegradable?

Due to changing legislation in the United States regarding companies labelling their products as biodegradable’, we do not make this claim. Conti® Flushable wipes are however independently certified by EDANA as ‘biodisintegratable’.

The biodisintegration test is used to demonstrate how a material will biologically disintegrate under the aerobic and anaerobic conditions found in sewers and wastewater treatment systems. EDANA test requirements stipulate that the wipes must pass both of the following tests:

  • FG505A – Aerobic Biodisintigration Test
  • FG506A – Anaerobic Biodisintigration Test

Alternative brands currently in the market may still claim to be ‘biodegradable’, however it is unlikely that they actually meet the requirements to do so.

What makes a wipe ‘flushable’?

Many people assume a wipe is ‘flushable’ if it simply clears the drain when you flush the toilet; however this is not the case. Flushability is measured by how small the wipe fragments break down over time when agitated in water. EDANA guidance sets out strict criteria for wipes to be truly ‘dispersible’.

How can the Conti® Flushable wipes be strong when wet, yet still break down when flushed?

Conti® Flushable wipes make use of a unique dispersible binder system that retains strength when in contact with water, but will disperse with agitation over time. The material is made using the latest technology and is exclusive to Synergy Health.

How many Conti® Flushable wipes can I flush at one time?

We recommend that you flush no more than two wipes at a time.

Can I also dispose of the Conti® Flushable wipes in a macerator?

Yes, Conti® Flushable wipes are fully dispersable, specifically designed to be disposed of safely and effectively in either a toilet or macerator.

Who are EDANA?

The European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA) are the leading global voice of the nonwovens industry.  This is the organisation that provides guidance on tests for flushability.

What makes Conti® Flushable more dispersable than other brands?

Independent testing by the leading UK nonwovens research company, Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute Ltd (NIRI) showed that 99.9% of Conti® Flushable fibres break down into fragments of 1.6mm or smaller, with some alternative brands seeing nearly 40% of fibres not breaking down beyond the size of a five pence piece, after more than six hours of agitation.

Why is it important to only flush dispersable wipes?

Flushing the wrong types of wipes can result in inconvenient and potentially costly drain blockages. Unlike toilet paper, most wipes do not disintegrate as they are designed to be durable and keep their structure when wet. This strength means that they do not break up in the sewer system and recent studies indicate that three quarters of sewer blockages are caused by non-dispersible wipes.

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