Best Wipes for Painters and Decorators? Big Wipes!

As painting and decorating can be a messy business, it is vital that painters and decorators need the best wipes for their hands. We explain how Big Wipes are tough on filth and grime while still being able to look after the skin.

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Painters and Decorators can suffer from Skin Disease

According to the latest HSE figures there are over 35,000 cases of work-related skin diseases diagnosed by GPs every year in the UK.  Due to the rise in the use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) in the early 2000s, reported work related skin diseases fell.  Since 2005 however, this trend has stalled and the HSE has expressed its concern.  They believe that the true figure could be higher and that many cases remain unreported.  Not only can skin problems be unsightly and uncomfortable to live with, in extreme cases they can lead to tradespeople being unable to work. Worrying stuff.

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Big Wipes: The best in Portable Cleaning for Painters and Decorators

As professional Painters and Decorators, what do you do when you’re out on site with no access to water and your hands are covered in grime? And as everyone knows, even when water is available, most muck doesn’t come off with that and a bit of soap.  That’s when you need Big Wipes 4×4 in your bag.

“Painters and decorators need a wipe that’s going to get rid of the mess first time.  They can then just crack on with the job, safe in the knowledge their hands are clean and less susceptible to skin disease.  That’s why we’ve launched our new 4×4 formula”, explains Nigel Dibbo, MD of Big Wipes.  “As busy tradespeople, your hands are your livelihood, so cleaning them quickly and effectively is extremely important.  All Big Wipes are used without water and are perfect for on-site use where water just isn’t available.”

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Cleaning for Hands, Tools and Surfaces

The Big Wipes ‘one wipe and it’s gone’ biodegradable formula of four power cleansers ensures the removal of all kinds of construction filth.  Big Wipes easily eliminate products such as paint (solvent-based and water-based), varnishes, adhesives, oil, sealants, silicones and general grime from hands, tools and surfaces.

Hands might be your most important tools, but Big Wipes can clean up plenty of other things too. “Take a product that painters and decorators will use – for instance silicone or caulk. It is nasty stuff on skin and a pain to get off yourself and bathroom surfaces,” continues Nigel. “And let’s face it even professionals have the odd accident with it. Using the 4×4 Heavy Duty Big Wipe will not only get your hands clean of silicone or caulk, you can also clean your tools too.”

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Big Wipes has the best formula for skin health

In addition to the four cleaning agents, Big Wipes offer four of the best skin conditioners.  Aloe Vera, Lanolin, Vitamin E and Glycerine all help to nourish and protect the skin.  The wipes have also been assessed and approved to the latest EU Regulation 1223/2009 for cosmetic products.  Further, dermatologists recorded zero levels of irritation during controlled testing.  As well as biodegradable, the formula is non-toxic and non-hazardous.  This means that it contains no parabens, no sulphates, no bleach, no formaldehyde and no artificial preservatives.

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The range also offers antiviral and antibacterial protection for your skin. That’s good news when painters and decorators want a quick mop up before lunch or a tea break.

“The Big Wipes in-house team of chemists and fabric engineers controls all aspects of development and production,” explains Nigel. “We achieved the performance breakthrough necessary to launch our 4×4 formula by investing heavily in the latest solvent technology. This allowed us to harness the benefits of naturally derived co-solvent blends.  The unique Power Formula can now deliver unrivalled cleaning power across the broadest range of real filth.”

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Innovative Packaging

Not content with a ground-breaking formula and fabrics, Big Wipes has also developed an innovative packaging solution. Still in the famous yellow colour, the novel large capacity cylinders are styled with an easy grip body and base.

In addition, the tub boasts a brand new quick-seal lid.  This clever ‘flick and a click’ lid gives users a dual option:

  1. Dispense a single wipe by pulling the wipe towards the cap.
  2. Dispense a long continuous sheet of wipes by pulling the sheets away from the cap.


So when it comes to the question of how to best clean up all your essential tools, hands included, Big Wipes 4×4 is the only answer.

Big Wipes range Painters and decorators can choose between three wipes

Big Wipes 4×4 comes in three different colour-coded types:

Red Top: Heavy-Duty – The blue scrub and clean fabric now includes additional ‘wetting agents’.  These ensure the even distribution of liquid across the fabric. Textured and dual-sided, the scrub face of the wipe removes even the most stubborn grime, while the smooth face absorbs any excess.

Green Top: Multi-Surface – this super absorbent biodegradable wipe is ideal for applications involving the removal of non‐hazardous substances.  You can subsequently dispose of the wipe in the normal waste or composted with ‘green’ waste.

Black Top: Multi-Purpose – are a leading combination of toughness and absorbency.  They feature a new yellow power fabric that has been under development for two years.

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Professional Painter & Decorator Magazine published parts of this article in 2014.