Disinfection vs. Cleaning - What's the Difference?
Due to the pandemic and businesses now preparing to re-open, we are getting a lot of calls asking for a “deep clean”. Yet, when we ask them questions to determine what they are really looking for, we are discovering what they are really seeking is disinfection. This also prompts a discussion of the differences between cleaning and disinfection. It is important to know the difference, ask the right questions, and know what service you're getting.
What is Deep Cleaning?
Deep cleaning is generally just a surface clean, or what some people refer to as a good, “spring cleaning”. For instance, cleaning cabinets (inside and out), deep scrubbing of certain areas or surfaces, cleaning out and washing refrigerators, etc. However, this does not mean a cleaning of undersides of tables and high traffic items like light switches, door knobs, or chair arms.
It is these places, that we touch often in our homes and businesses, where germs and viruses can linger. If you are looking to eliminate viruses, as well as other germs and bacteria, you need more than just a deep cleaning.
Sanitization, Disinfection or Sterilization?
The terms sanitization, disinfection, and sterilization sound similar, but they are very different.
Sanitization reduces overall pathogenic microbes on surfaces. While disinfection requires the disinfectant to remain on a surface for a period of time in order to be effective.
According to the CDC, “Cleaning refers to the removal of dirt and impurities, including germs, from surfaces. Cleaning alone does not kill germs. But by removing the germs, it decreases their number and therefore any risk of spreading infection.” Source: CDC.gov
Whereas, disinfecting works by using chemicals, for example EPA-registered disinfectants and/or hospital-grade products, to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. But by disinfecting, you can kill germs that remain on a surface after cleaning to further reduce any risk of spreading infection.
This is why it is important to ask the right questions and understand what service you will be provided. At Millennium Cleaning we use a hospital-grade disinfectant when performing electrostatic and/or chemical spraying (refer to our page on the FAQ’s on electrostatic spraying to answer other, detailed questions).
If you are looking for a disinfection services that includes a full wipe-down of all surfaces, door knobs, handles, chair arms, etc., this is a separate service we offer as well.
We can create a disinfection package that suits all your needs. Just let us know what you are looking for and we can tailor it to your business and needs!
Contact Millennium Cleaning Services today to find out how we can keep you, your staff, and customers safe, along with effectively treat your space to fight the spread of COVID-19