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The Difference Between Cleaning, Sanitizing & Disinfecting

Cleaning, Sanitizing & Disinfecting

An essential part of running a successful business is maintaining a clean environment. Whether you stay on top of your cleaning by using a cleaning checklist or schedule, ensuring that your location is cleaned regularly can help keep your staff and customers healthy.

It’s important to understand the different depths of cleaning to decide what method and practices you should take in your location to slow the spread of diseases and viruses. We’ll be exploring the differences between cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, and sterilizing so that you can best incorporate them in your janitorial regimen.

Let’s start with the dictionary definitions:

  • CLEANING : to make something free of dirt, dust, marks or filth, especially by washing, wiping or brushing.
  • CLEANING PRODUCTS : products used for the routine cleaning of an indoor built environment. They include, but are not limited to, glass cleaners, general-purpose cleaners, floor cleaners, laundry detergents, dishwashing detergents, deodorizers, hand soaps and wax strippers.
  • SANITIZING : to make something clean and healthy, especially by killing bacteria.
  • SANITIZER : an anti-miocrobial agent that kills or renders inactive 99.9% of all known bacteria, viruses and fungi that are present on a surface.
  • DISINFECTING : to clean something so as to destroy disease-carrying microorganisms, pathogens and bacteria and thus prevent infection.
  • DISINFECTANT : an agent that destroys, neutralizes or inhibits the growth of disease-carrying microorganisms. Descriptions of products of this type include the suffix “cide”, meaning to “kill” e.g., bactericide, fungicide, virucide.

We hope you understood what is different between Cleaning or Sanitizing or Disinfecting

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