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Cleaning vs Disinfecting

Coronavirus under microscopeWhile washroom hygiene is crucial, creating more hygienic workplaces, healthcare facilities and places to shop and eat does not stop there.

The Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends prioritising the daily cleaning and disinfecting of hotspots in facilities from offices, to schools, hospitals, shops, and places to eat.

Objects that are touched by lots of people throughout the day, such as door handles, sink fixtures, and counter tops, should be cleaned and disinfected frequently in order to break the chain of germ transmission.

Many of our clients are needing to think in a different way about what, how and how often they clean, to keep people safe. Understanding the difference between cleaning and disinfecting enables facilities to manage hygiene more
effectively and prioritise frequently touched surfaces.

Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and other impurities from surfaces or objects by using detergent (or soap and water) to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Meanwhile, disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects by using chemicals.  This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

Adopting a two-step cleaning process is the key and the guidance from the World Health Organization is to use a ‘2-step Clean and Disinfect process’.

The recommendations are to routinely clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails and doorknobs.

Science indicates why these surfaces need daily hygiene protocols in addition to good hand hygiene standards in facilities.

The average desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, a keyboard harbours 8,900 bacteria and a mobile phone harbours 6,300 bacteria, according to various studies.

No matter which surface areas they come into contact with throughout the day, give your employees, visitors, patients and customers greater peace of mind by providing proven cleaning and disinfecting solutions to help break the chain of germ transmission.

Reassuring customers and employees with visible hygiene actions has never been more important for a business’ survival, and yet not all are behaving this way.

For proven cleaning and disinfecting solutions please get in touch – we are ready and waiting for your call!

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