Many people use the terms cleaning (or sanitation) and disinfection synonymously, but, they in fact, could not be more different. With the advent of COVID-19 and the explosion of options and opinions regarding cleaning and disinfection, we feel it’s our duty to dispel some myths. The distinction between disinfecting and cleaning matters a lot, and could end up being the difference between sickness and health long-term.
Cleaning vs Disinfecting
Cleaning (or sanitation) refers to the removal of dirt from a surface. When using a microfiber cloth and cleaning solution, surfaces are cleaned and 90% of the viruses and bacteria trapped (not killed) into the microfiber cloth. However, the surface is not disinfected. This is true even when using a disinfectant! That’s not to underestimate the importance of cleaning. Regular cleaning has been shown to combat illness and it’s something that should be done to maintain a healthy environment.
Disinfection, on the other hand, is a process that involves the use of a particular disinfectant on a pre-cleaned surface. In order to truly stem the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of spreading the disease as much as possible, the CDC is recommending that surfaces first be cleaned and then treated with a disinfectant. Don’t believe us? Read the label on Lysol’s All-Purpose Disinfecting Cleaner, “To disinfect, pre-clean the surface. Spray area until thoroughly wet…allow product to sit for 2 minutes…” This is a direct quote from the label of one of the most popular disinfecting cleaners. Unfortunately, commercials make it look like you can just spray and wipe.
Why is pre-cleaning important? The debris on an uncleaned surface will simply absorb the disinfectant and not allow it to properly treat the surface. This is particularly the case if the surfaces (like kitchen or bathroom counters) are used frequently but not cleaned on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the only way to disinfect is to pre-clean the surface. This is true even when high-tech devices such as electrostatic sprayers are being used.
What Areas are Most Important to Disinfect?
When an infected person coughs or sneezes, they are expelling droplets that will land on any and every surface. The main target for disinfection is frequently touched and the highest traffic areas like phones, door handles, light switches, toilet handles, etc. Keeping common surfaces disinfected is one of the easiest ways public health organizations recommend lowering the risk of infection for common viral diseases
Disinfection Services from Commercial Cleaners Charlotte
We are very happy to offer our professional disinfection services for anyone and everyone that may need them. We have provided this service to dozens, if not hundreds, of clients throughout the city. It is a simple way to keep viruses at bay. Our years of experience enables us to provide you with a customized solution based on your particular needs.