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:
2. Either sanitizing or disinfecting
So what are the differences between these three methods?
Cleaning is the physical removal of debris or foreign material from a surface. Debris and foreign materials can compromise the effectiveness of a disinfectant.
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.
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*.
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*contact time: the time a surface must be thoroughly covered and visibly wet with product