Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Difference between Sanitizing and Disinfecting – Cleaning tip #2

In the cleaning industry, there are misunderstandings about disinfects and sanitizers.

If it is a food service area, then you'll be interested in sanitizers. If it's a medical facility, then you'll be more interested in disinfectants.

A disinfectant, is a chemical that completely destroys all organisms. The organisms it kills are disease causing bacteria and pathogens.

From a legal standpoint, disinfectants must reduce the level of pathogenic bacteria by 99.999%, during a time frame of greater than 5 minutes but less than 10 minutes.

A sanitizer in contrast, is a chemical that reduces the number of micro-organisms to a safe level. It does not need to eliminate 100% of all organisms to be effective.

Sanitizers, do not kill viruses and fungi. In a food service situtation the sanitizer must also reduce the bacteria count by 99.999% and are required to kill infectious organisms within 30 seconds.
If it's just general cleaning you are interested in to remove soil, you should consider using an all-purpose cleaner rather than a, disinfectant or sanitizer.

Always use a disinfectant on your restrooms.

1 comment:

Mac said...

Your right! The most important aspect a Janitorial company needs to focus is the flooring of the facility as it is one of the largest and the most important component of the facility on which the machines and manpower are resting.

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