Many people use the words “clean, disinfect and sanitize” interchangeably. The fact is, they mean very different things.
It’s more important now than ever to understand the nuances between these terms, so you can ensure the cleanest possible surface for your clients or home.
Clean: Mixing a cleaner with water to remove dirt or a stain is cleaning. The correct cleaner depends on your job’s surface and the substance needing removal. Pressure Works carries a wide range of cleaners from Action Degreaser to Gutter Klean, each for a specific purpose. If you’re having a hard time deciding exactly what you need, our experts can help.
While cleaning is a necessary step in sanitizing and disinfecting procedures, it does not kill bacteria, viruses or fungi. It may look clean, but it’s not hygienic.
Sanitize: Sanitization is the process of reducing, but not eliminating germs. Officially, it means removing 99.9% of bacteria, making the area safe for public health standards. Don’t forget to clean the surface first, or the sanitizer doesn’t work effectively.
Disinfect: Disinfection removes the .1% typically left behind during sanitization. There’s been a recent push to disinfect high-touch areas of germ exposure, such as bathrooms, children’s playgrounds and apartment complexes. That small percentage makes a huge difference when it comes to the possible spread of infection. The best disinfectant is a properly diluted bleach solution.
Pressure Works also carries handy Bleach Masks, to cover the lingering smell after bleach use.
Always use a cleaner first and then disinfect or sanitize the surface according to the job requirements. As always, follow the instructions carefully and use appropriate protective gear when working with harsh chemicals.
If you have any questions, Pressure Works associates can help! Contact us today with any questions or to place an order by phone.