Flu season is well and truly underway and as most people know, confined spaces like hospitals, schools and offices are prime breeding ground for bugs. While there are a number of ways to reduce the spread of colds and flu in your commercial building, thorough cleaning and disinfecting is one of the best and most effective at any time of year.
What exactly is the difference between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitising? We often hear them referred to interchangeably but in reality they are three very distinct levels of cleaning. All are useful and in many cases mandatory in certain healthcare settings.
Knowing the difference between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitising means you can make sure your facility is being cleaned to an acceptable standard and safeguard the health of your staff, clients and any visitors.
- Cleaning: This uses soap or detergent to remove dirt and germs from objects and surfaces. While it doesn’t actually kill germs, cleaning does remove them and therefore reduce the risk of spread.
- Disinfecting: This kills germs by using chemicals. While it may not clean the surface as such or remove the germs it does kill them so again can be useful when reducing the chances of germs spreading around.
- Sanitising: Sanitising a surface or area removes germs to a specified minimum standard. When you are working in a daycare or hospital setting, sanitising is often a legal requirement. This can be done by either removing or killing germs, or more often, a combination of both.
While routine cleaning and disinfecting are part of standard hygiene practices, during flu season and in high traffic areas it’s a good idea to spend some extra time sanitising surfaces and objects that are touched frequently. This can include door handles, desks, computer keyboards, toys and phones.
Look for a reputable professional cleaning service that is able to disinfect and sanitise your surfaces to the required standard if you want to ensure your employees and customers are fully protected.