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Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting: What's the Difference?

It's more important than ever to keep your office healthy to protect yourself and your employees from any type of disease or infection. However, there's a lot of confusion about what type of methods you should use. For example, is it better to clean, sanitize or disinfect your business? What's the difference?

In this blog post, we'll discuss

the difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting, including which one is the most important to protect your office from germs and illness.

Read on to learn which methods should be regularly used when cleaning.

What Is Cleaning?

Cleaning is the process of removing dirt, dust, and debris from a surface. This can be done in various ways. For example, you can use wet wipes, dry cloths, or spraying the area with a cleaning solution and a cloth. Cleaning is essential for removing any contaminants that could cause illness. However, it does not necessarily remove the viruses or bacteria from the surface of your office. Instead, it helps to clear the area of any dirt or dust that could harbor the germs.

What Is Disinfecting?

Disinfecting is the process of killing germs, including viruses and bacteria, on a surface. This is considered the only method that will actually kill viruses and is approved by the EPA. Disinfecting high-touch surfaces are one of the most critical steps in preventing the spread of illness and should be done regularly, especially if someone in your office is sick.

What Is Sanitizing?

Sanitizing is the process of reducing the number of germs on a surface to a safe level. Sanitizing is not as effective as disinfecting and typically will not kill all types of viruses or bacteria. Instead, it lowers the number of germs to a point where they are not likely to cause illness or a safe level which is determined by public health standards.

Sanitizing can be done with a variety of different methods, including using a sanitizing solution or heat. It's typically used in an environment where disinfecting is not possible, such as a restaurant or any other type of food prep area, due to the fact that it has fewer chemicals.

Why Should I Know The Difference?

With this knowledge, it becomes easier than ever to understand what cleaning and disinfecting your business should look like. Cleaning is necessary for removing any dirt, dust, or debris that could harbor germs, disinfecting should be done on a regular basis to kill any viruses or bacteria present, and sanitizing should be used in areas where disinfecting is not possible.


In conclusion, it is essential to know the difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting in order to keep your office healthy. By understanding which one is the most important for your situation, you can take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from germs and illness.

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