Understanding the Difference Between Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting
Many of us are confused, or sometimes we mean the same thing when we talk about cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. In the midst of COVID-19, parents and teachers need to make sure they clearly understand the differences between these terms for the safety and welfare of our children.
- Cleaning means the removal of dirt and impurities on a surface or an object. It works by applying soap or detergent with water. It would be best if you used friction to remove the dirt and germs on the surfaces physically.
- Sanitizing is the lowering of the number of germs on surfaces to a safe threshold level according to health standards. The process works by applying sanitizing solutions during cleaning.
- Disinfecting is the total killing of germs and pathogens. It works by applying chemical solutions. It does not necessarily need the surface to be clean when you disinfect. The complete elimination of viruses can either lower or prevent the spread of infectious diseases.