Learn From the Experts: What’s the Difference?

With the COVID-19 outbreak still on peoples minds, never before have so many people thought about their cleaning methods – we, at ServiceMaster Elite, have received many calls for decontamination services as well as calls regarding the best methods for daily cleaning. Its important to understand that there are differences between Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sanitizing – each one has a purpose and each one should not be confused with each other. So, what’s the difference between Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting?

What's the Difference? Clean, Sanitize or Disinfect

What is Cleaning?

Cleaning removes germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from the surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

ServiceMaster Elite has released a video on the best practices for home owners and business owners alike to implement in their cleaning process, check it today, so you can implement these practices immediately.

What is sanitizing?

Sanitizing lowers the numbers of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.

What is disinfecting?

Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

Want to understand the difference better, check out this video that visually explains the difference between sanitizing and disinfecting.

ServiceMaster Elite – Decontamination Experts

ServiceMaster Elite are experts in decontamination and virus remediation, we have the knowledge to assist you through the COVID-19 process. Check out our decontamination services for more information or call us at 877-561-9651 for 24/7/365 decontamination services.


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