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Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting are all necessary for a healthy home and understanding the differences is a must.

The process of cleaning removes dust, dirt and debris from surfaces by scrubbing, washing and rinsing. Sanitizing, on the other hand, reduces the bacteria while disinfecting destroys or inactivates bacteria and viruses on hard and nonporous surfaces. Disinfecting is a very effective way of eliminating germs that will prevent them from spreading, so this will lower the possibility of spreading germs from surfaces through touch.

Many people assume that sanitizing and disinfecting are similar, but this is false because disinfectants are the only products that can actually kill viruses found on hard surfaces. Sanitizers do not have this capability, and while they can reduce bacteria, they cannot protect you against viruses, whereas a disinfectant can. Disinfectants can eliminate both bacteria and viruses, so it is very different from cleaning and sanitizing.

When you clean, you will likely use soap and water to physically clean surfaces and objects. This will help remove dust, dirt, germs and crumbs but will not kill the germs, and even if you are successful in getting rid of some of them, some germs may still be present. Sanitizing will help you lower the number of germs that are present, and this can be done in a number of ways. The use of a mop, a chemical and water, for example, would help sanitize your floors, and a dishwasher can sanitize your dishes. The use of an antibacterial wipe would also help you sanitize different objects like a remote. Disinfecting uses chemicals to kill the germs both on surfaces and objects, and bleach and alcohol solutions are common disinfectants. It is recommended that you leave the disinfectant on the surfaces and objects for a specific period of time, as this will ensure the successful removal of germs, and the product will be able to kill them.

Combining these steps will further lower the risk of germs and viruses, so you can clean and disinfect if you want peace of mind. It is a must that you clean and disinfect your surfaces regularly, especially if they are in high-traffic areas as these objects are touched often. This includes doorknobs, light switches, faucets, toilet handles and toys, just to name a few examples.

It’s also important that you clean and disinfect safely, and reading the labels on products will help you do these correctly. Always follow the instructions and pay attention to any warning signs that are present on the label. Don’t mix your cleaners and disinfectants unless the labels say it’s okay and prioritize safety at all times. You should also check to see if gloves are needed to protect your hands when using the products.

If you want your home or office space to be clean and germ-free, Vortex Cleaning can help. We use the right products and tools to provide you with a clean environment, and our experience sets us apart. If you are looking for reputable cleaners you can trust, contact us today!