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Office Cleaning: Cleaning vs. Disinfecting

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What is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?

Cleanliness has always been vital to keeping office workers’ health, job performance, and satisfaction. This practice begins with informed, meticulous cleaning and disinfecting practices. With commercial equipment, experienced cleaners and professional cleaning companies clean by the highest quality standards and ensure your employees’ health is safe and keeps your business running smoothly.

What is Cleaning?

Cleaning and disinfecting procedures are vital in keeping a clean, germ-free, and productive workplace. However, using them as if they were similar can be inefficient and ineffective. “Cleaning” is the application of detergent or soap and water to eliminate germs from surfaces, thus lessening the risk of spreading infectious diseases. Cleaning does not inevitably kill germs, but it does lower the number of germs.

Cleaning should be a priority for daily office maintenance. Everyday cleaning is recommended when there is no potential infection in the office space. For example, you want to disinfect the high-touch surfaces when someone in your office is sick. 

What is Disinfecting?

In contrast, “disinfecting” is a method using chemicals to destroy harmful pathogens on surfaces. The usual disinfectants include:

  • Bleach
  • Alcohol
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Chlorine
  • Formaldehyde – A strong-smelling, colorless gas used in many household products.

These disinfectants are potent in killing germs. Sanitizers do kill germs, but they are not as strong as disinfectants. Disinfectants kill germs, and sanitizers clean, simultaneously letting them end germs.

Maintaining a Safe Office Space

Practicing safe habits in the workplace is essential in preventing infectious diseases. This approach will limit exposure and maintain the office running without disruptions. Follow these tips for keeping a safe, germ-free office:

  • Promote Hand Washing. Regularly communicate expectations and handwashing practices to your employees.
  • Reduce Contact Surfaces. Search for unique ways to lessen high contact points and make cleaning effortless. You can avoid the spread of disease by having motion sensor bathroom fixtures.
  • Keep Cleaning Supplies and Disinfecting Wipes Accessible. Install hand sanitizer stations and disinfect wipes in locations accessible to everyone in the office. Keep a record of your cleaning supplies to always have them in stock.

Call Misty Clean Today for a Professional Residential or Commercial Cleaning!

Every home or commercial building is unique, and every business or homeowner requires different cleaning services than the next. It’s important to hire a professional cleaning company that can customize their services to your needs, rather than paying for services you don’t need. Whether you need the carpet deep cleaned or you’re looking for the entire home or office to be sanitized, Misty Clean can help. If you’re ready to get your home Misty Clean, give us a call at (410) 255-4111 or visit us online. For more cleaning tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.


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