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What is the Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting?

What is the Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting?

Cleaning the workplace is a layered process that requires different skills in order to make sure you’re getting as thorough a cleaning service as possible. 

Cleaning and disinfection are both essential aspects of maintaining a clean and healthy environment for you and your employees and below, we’ve outlined the difference between cleaning and sanitising to help foster a deeper understanding of the uses of these two processes and how they can work together to create a more optimum clean condition for your office .

Defining Cleaning and Disinfection

Cleaning is the process of removing dirt, debris, and stains from a surface using soap, water, and other cleaning agents. The cleaning process is mostly focused on eliminating any debris that can harbour germs and bacteria. It also serves the purposes of removing loose dirt that can’t be cleaned away in the disinfection process.

A regular cleaning will not remove the most harmful bacteria in the office as it is primarily concerned with keeping the space looking visually clean, maintaining a good impression in between deeper cleans. 

Disinfection and Sanitising 

On the other hand, the disinfection process does very little to remove the loose dust, dirt and debris that is handled with a basic cleaning service. 

Disinfection and sanitisation is primarily concerned with killing and eliminating the harmful germs and bacteria that aren’t handled by a regular cleaning, using more specialist sprays and chemical agents such as bleach that can more effectively sanitise an area and require protective clothing and equipment. 

Sanitisation of a surface or area lowers the risk of infection in the workplace, reducing absenteeism and creating a more positive and productive working atmosphere. 

The Disinfecting Cleaning Process

Often, disinfection and cleaning go hand in hand to help make a space as clean and safe to inhabit as possible with the benefit of protecting your employees and customers’ health. 

Cleaning helps to prepare the space by removing any clutter and loose dirt whether that be with a brush, mop or hoover. Once the space is cleared, the disinfection process will be much easier to carry out and once finished, the space will be thoroughly cleaned of bacteria on all levels. 

It is important to note that different surfaces may require different levels of cleaning and disinfection. For example, high-touch surfaces such as door handles, light switches, and countertops may require more frequent disinfection than less frequently touched surfaces. Additionally, different types of bacteria may require different disinfectants and cleaning agents in order to fully eliminate the germs.

What Does Sanitising Do?

Sanitising is an important step in maintaining a clean and healthy environment by reducing the amount of harmful germs and bacteria in the workplace, especially bacteria that has an adverse effect on the health of your employees, whether that be allergies or illness caused by infection or contamination. 

It is a common procedure used in the healthcare and food industries to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and lower the risk of food being contaminated and unsafe to eat. 

It’s always best to sanitise an area to maintain the safety of your clients and workers and leave your business reliable and with a high reputation. This involves sanitising high-risk areas like doorknobs, phones and sink taps that are touched often as well as providing the people in your office with outlets such as sanitary wipes and hand gels to reinforce protection against infections. 

What Does a Disinfectant Do?

A disinfectant is a chemical substance applied to surfaces that eliminates harmful bacteria that can cause infection. This is especially useful in high-risk areas such as hospitals, schools, and public transportation.where a large number of people gather and come and go over the course of a day. 

Disinfectants use chemicals to kill germs but it doesn’t clean dirt and remove all germs which is where the cleaning process comes in. 

The chemicals in the disinfectant break down the protective layers of the microbe and destroys its reproductive viability so that the bacteria can’t multiply and spread, making it an effective method when it comes to stopping an infection in its tracks and keeping the people in your workspace safe and healthy.

Cleaning and disinfection are two distinct processes that are both essential for maintaining a clean and healthy environment. Using both processes in tandem is the best way to reduce the risk of infection and promote good health. 

We will provide a regular cleaning of your workspace to remove surface level bacteria and keep your business looking presentable and professional before performing scheduled deep cleans that thoroughly disinfect and sanitise your office, affording you the most protection possible and creating a healthy work environment.

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