The following question has probably never arisen for you: Is cleaning the same as disinfecting? However, due to the coronavirus pandemic we are going through, today we are going to reveal to you how these two actions differ and thus decide which products to use.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the EU, assure that cleaning “removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects”.
Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but eliminating them decreases their number and reduces the risk of spreading the infection.
While disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfection works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects.
This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or kill germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, you can further reduce the risk of spreading the infection.
For its part, disinfection reduces the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to reduce the risk of the infection spreading.
And well, why is it important to know the difference? Knowing these characteristics, you will be able to better choose the product that you will use to clean and disinfect various surfaces such as a dirty floor should not require aggressive chemicals, as they could damage it and these are more suitable for disinfecting the toilet.