Since the pandemic, people have been more conscious of the importance of maintaining clean surroundings to diminish the risk of diseases. With this knowledge comes new terms that may confuse the general public. What is the difference between cleaning and sanitizing?

Cleaning is the removal of visible dirt and debris from surfaces. This can be done through sweeping, dusting, mopping, or wiping. Cleaning does not necessarily kill germs but decreases their numbers and therefore the risk of infection.

Sanitizing is the reduction of germs on surfaces to a safe level, as determined by public health standards. This is usually done through the use of chemicals. For example, bleach and alcohol are commonly used as a sanitizer because it has been proven to kill most bacteria and viruses.

So, in short, cleaning removes the dirt while sanitizing reduces the number of germs.

Why Is Sanitizing Important?

Sanitizing is important because it significantly reduces the risk of transmission of diseases. High-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, light switches, toilets, faucets, and sinks should be cleaned and then sanitized regularly.

Which Comes First?

Cleaning and sanitizing are both important steps in infection control. Cleaning should always come first because it removes the majority of germs, dirt, and debris from surfaces. This ensures that sanitizing chemicals can then effectively kill the remaining germs.

What Products Can Be Used to Clean and Sanitize?

There are many products that can be used to clean surfaces, such as soap and water, detergent, and vinegar. However, sanitizing requires the use of chemicals, such as Vital Oxide, to kill germs.

Who to Call for Professional Sanitization?

Green Technology Durham Distribution is a professional disinfecting company that uses Vital Oxide. Combining their knowledge with touchless electrostatic fogging technology, GTDD can deliver an effective and environment-friendly solution at a blazing fast speed.