Cleaning and Disinfecting

What’s the difference?

Cleaning refers to the removal of dirt and impurities, including germs from surfaces. Cleaning alone does not kill the germs. But, by removing the germs it decreases their number and therefore risk of spreading infection.

Disinfecting works by using chemicals, for example EPA-registered disinfectants, to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. But, killing germs remaining on a surface after cleaning further reduces risk of spreading infection.

Please see CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting for more detailed information.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

What does this mean for us?

The process of disinfecting requires “dwell time” in order for a surface to be truly “disinfected” and meet the “kill” claims of the product being used. Most disinfectants on the CDC/EPA COVID-19 list require a surface to remain wet (dwell time) with disinfectant for up to 10 minutes for the surface to be “99% disinfected”.

The specific guidelines for disinfecting can be found at the CDC and EPA websites and on MSD [Material Safety Data] sheets for disinfectants.

Daytime Cleaning

We clearly understand the challenges this presents during daytime cleaning processes. For those customers who are unable to have surfaces remain wet and unusable for that length of time, we thoroughly spray and immediately wipe down surfaces with our EPA-approved disinfectant. We will not allow surfaces to remain wet.

This process of wiping down surfaces with disinfectant using clean microfiber cloths cleans the surface, removes germs, and helps reduce the spread of the virus and germs. In this case, disinfection (99% kill claims) will not be an expectation on the part of the Customer

Nighttime Cleaning

For facilities that are cleaned after business hours, we are performing cleaning according to the agreed upon contracted specifications. It is important to understand again that disinfecting requires dwell time. This can add significant time to each job site budget depending on the number of areas to be truly disinfected. This level of service may not have originally been accounted for. It is important to clarify whether true disinfecting is required or if wiping clean with a disinfectant product and clean microfiber cloths is acceptable. If you are unsure about your needs or have further questions, please let us know.

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