cleaning disinfecting and sanitizing“The average American spends over one hour a day cleaning house, that includes chores like folding laundry, dusting furniture, scrubbing toilets, washing baseboards, and so forth.”

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What is the difference between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing and what role do each of those play in our daily cleaning lives.

Definitions of each is as follows:


“Cleaning is the process of removing unwanted substances, such as dirt, infectious agents, and other impurities, from an object or environment.”


“Disinfecting is the process to clean, especially with a chemical, in order to destroy bacteria.”


“Sanitizing is the process to make clean and hygienic”.

So, within that daily hour of cleaning it is imperative to understand what tasks need to be cleaned, disinfected and sanitized in order to be efficient with your efforts.

While a simple cleaning may be suffice for such things as living rooms and basements where there is more of a pile of a debris that needs to be put away when it comes to our kitchens and bathrooms disinfecting and sanitizing are a must.

As you can imagine bathrooms are particularly dirty, due to the nature of what transpires in there, and require heavy disinfecting. There are several high level chemicals which can be used to eliminate the germs and bacteria which breed in those spaces.

However, it is important to read all application directions as some of these chemicals are so potent that they may require gloves or a mask to avoid breathing in fumes.

Furthermore, you should have a multitude of different colored cleaning clothes specific to a certain area to clean to avoid cross contamination.

While disinfecting is essential in the bathroom, when it comes to the kitchen you may think that sanitizing will do the job however, you will be surprises at the level of germs and bacteria that find their way into your kitchen; hence kitchen cleaning is necessary for avoiding diseases.

Personally, I have a method of cleaning all surfaces with a towel to remove the dirt and food crumbs then I follow that with a wipe down utilizing disinfectant wipes which say they kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria.

kitchen sponge However, I never realized what is the most bacterial laced object in your kitchen – your SPONGE!

“We found 362 different species of bacteria, and locally, the density of bacteria reached up to 45 billion per square centimeter,” says Markus Egert, a microbiologist at Furtwangen University in Germany, who led the study. This number is jaw dropping and really makes you think – the tools you use to clean are becoming the filthiest and should be cleaned and disinfected themselves.

It is recommended to either wash your sponges in the dishwasher, nuke them for a minute or use a new every couple of weeks. This will help prevent the spread of germs and bacteria which is the primary goal when it comes to providing a safe environment for our families.

risk free guarantee As you can see cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing all have very important roles in our daily lives in regards to living, breathing and enjoying a clean environment.

However, each one of those methods have specific purposes – call us the cleaning professionals to get an insight on how to be the most efficient in your daily cleanings.
We will gladly share our years of knowledge through experience with you to help you navigate your cleaning process.


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