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What's the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?



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Cleaning is the process of physically removing debris and residues from dirty surfaces and objects e.g. dusting, scrubbing, or using your favorite cleaning product. The purpose of cleaning is to remove the visible grime and dirt from the surface as well as some of the germs.


Disinfection is the process of killing 99.99% of all surface level bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Disinfectant usually comes in the form of a spray or wipe. It is important to always follow the instruction on the product, to wear gloves, and always wash your hands thoroughly after use. Most disinfectants will have a contact time (time product must sit on surface before removal) that must be followed for optimal effectiveness. It’s important to read the label on your disinfectant because contact times can vary.


How do I disinfect?

We always clean before we disinfect so that all the grime and dirt is removed and not blocking disinfectant from the germs. This allows the disinfectant to come in direct contact with the surface. Once the surface is cleaned follow the disinfectants instructions making sure to allow the appropriate contact time with the surface. With this two step process you can effectively remove bacteria, fungi and viruses from you home. For a list of disinfectants with evidence for use against COVID-19 click HERE


What should I disinfect?

Frequently touched areas like:

  • door knobs, light switches

  • kitchen counters and sinks

  • bathrooms

Consistently disinfecting these areas can help stop the spread of germs as well as limit the amount of harmful bacteria your family and you come in contact with.

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