Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting

Cleaning is the process of removing unwanted substances, such as dust, debris, and other impurities from an object or environment.

The method of cleaning that we are probably most familiar with is to wash with water and some kind of soap or detergent, either by hand or with a machine. To keep our environment clean, we take on the laborious chore of mopping the floor, vacuuming the carpets or laundering our clothes.

While cleaning is able to remove dust and larger particles, cleaning alone is not enough to eliminate microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses. More needs to be done to combat these, such as the use of disinfectants.

disinfecting surface

What is Disinfecting?

Disinfecting is the use of chemical agents (disinfectants) or sometimes ultraviolet light type C (UV-C) to deactivate or destroy bacteria and viruses on hard nonporous surfaces.

Disinfectants or UV-C works by destroying the cell wall or interfering with the metabolism of bacteria and viruses and are frequently used in hospitals, clinics, childcare centres, kitchens and bathrooms.

professional staff disinfecting workplace

In order to effectively eliminate bacteria and viruses, disinfectants need to contain effective active ingredients. During this period where we are battling COVID-19, NEA has provided a list of active ingredients that are needed to effectively kill the coronavirus.

So, is Cleaning Disinfecting?

Many of us may think that with regular cleaning, we are able to keep our homes and offices clean and safe. However, the fact is that regular cleaning does not eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses that we may inadvertently bring with us on our hands or clothes.

During flu seasons and a pandemic, there is a greater need to keep our environment clean in order to prevent people from falling ill. Disinfecting hard and nonporous surfaces, on top of our regular cleaning routine, is one of the most reliable ways to help lower the risk of spreading germs especially from high touch point areas.

Contact us for more information or to speak to a professional about disinfecting your home or office.

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