According to the CDC, “cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection. Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. 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.”
It’s likely that most people and companies out there are disinfecting right now, judging by the empty bleach shelves, sudden increase in disinfectants and janitorial companies, and inability to find Clorox wipes anywhere. While disinfecting is important, we need to be sure we are also cleaning, otherwise you are just moving things around.
Cleaning removes dirt, debris, impurities, and lowers the number of germs on a hard surface. While this doesn’t kill germs, it does lower germ numbers by removal. If you are familiar with oxidizers like bleach, it is the free form of chlorine within the product which has the most germ-killing abilities. Once the free form of chlorine becomes bound, it is less biocidal, meaning its ability to kill germs weakens. What binds the free form of chlorine? Dirt, debris, and impurities; the material you should be removing by cleaning.
At Pioneer Texas our standard practice is putting this all together in order to ensure that our clients are properly cleaned and disinfected. By doing so, we are allowing our epa approved products to work at their best so that you can! Simply disinfecting will not give you the most effective result. The free chlorine in your bleach solutions and disinfectants are great. However, if the disinfectants are binding with debris or other material, it becomes less effective at killing germs. In the future, remember to ask your janitorial company if they are in fact cleaning before disinfecting. If not, the products are being wasted, money is being wasted, and most importantly they aren’t keeping you as safe as you deserve………..
Pioneer Texas always seeks 100% approval from all our clients and are fully equipped to take care of your cleaning and disinfecting needs. Please do not hesitate to reach out today, we have teams on standby ready to assist, today!
As always, Thank you for your consideration and business!
Chief Happiness Officer