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The Differences Between Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
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The Differences Between Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting

Cleaning high-touch surfaces frequently and thoroughly can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Following the proper disinfecting process is vital to properly disinfect hard surfaces. The process involves two steps:

1. Cleaning

2. Either sanitizing or disinfecting

 So what are the differences between these three methods?

Cleaning

Cleaning is the physical removal of debris or foreign material from a surface. Debris and foreign materials can compromise the effectiveness of a disinfectant.

 

Sanitizing

Sanitization is the destruction of surface-level microorganisms at a 99.99% effective rate, as determined safe by public health codes or regulations. Sanitizers generally have fewer kill claims compared to disinfectants and some require no rinsing. They usually have a shorter contact time* than disinfectants, around 30 to 60 seconds. Sanitizers are preferred in food prep areas, restaurant tables, gyms and for workout equipment.

 

Disinfecting

Disinfection is the destruction of almost all microorganisms on a surface. Disinfectants kill disease-causing bacteria. Some also destroy viruses and fungi and reduce the level of pathogenic bacteria by 99.999% in between a two to ten minute contact time*. The EPA requires this level of effectiveness for all disinfectants, including Triple Quick™, Quick Defense™ NDC™ and Ecolution® Disinfectant, which are approved to combat the spread of human coronavirus.

 

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

If you would like a quote on one of State’s cleaning, sanitizing or disinfectant products, call 833-699-7864 to be put in touch with your local representative.

Or, refer to our CONTACT US form.

 

*contact time: the time a surface must be thoroughly covered and visibly wet with product