Commercial Cleaning - Cleaning and Disinfecting
Cleaning your business or home is essential to the health and wellbeing of everyone occupying these spaces. Especially now more than ever, the need to "keep things tidy" is of utmost importance. Unfortunately, there are some misconceptions and information that is not as widely known to help keep your home or business at the highest standard of clean that it could be. It is best to hire a professional to clean and disinfect, but in the case that you are unable to, we wanted to give some information on an important and lesser-known fact, the difference between cleaning and disinfecting.
Cleaning vs Disinfecting
The first thing to know is that there is a difference. Many people use the term interchangeably, but the 2 serve different functions and are used for different reasons. Approaching a "cleaning" job, without realizing the difference, may end up not getting the results you intended.
What's the difference
Cleaning removes germs and dirt from the surface. by lower the amount of germs, it lowers the risk of spreading them. It is important to note that cleaning removes germs but does not kill them.
Disinfecting, on the other hand, uses chemicals to actually kill germs on the surface. By killing germs lowers the risk of spreading by eliminating them altogether. It is important to note that disinfecting only pertains to killing germs, it doesn't refer to cleaning dirty surfaces or removing germs.
Cleaning and disinfecting is an important part of regular home and business health upkeep. It is best to first clean surfaces, removing any dirt, then disinfect, killing the germs. Many disinfecting products require a time frame to remain wet on a surface to fully disinfect. Products such as Lysol can take up to 3 minutes, and up to 10 minutes for the Norovirus.
When to do which one
It is always best, when possible to clean and disinfect for the highest level of cleanliness. Some of the more necessary times to disinfect include:
- Counters where food was prepared
- Times of seasonal illness
- Viral outbreak
- If a person in your home has been ill
If you are wanting a professional cleaning in your home or business, contact us today!