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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLEANING AND DISINFECTING

  Did you know there is a big difference between cleaning and disinfecting? 

According to the CDC, the definiton of cleaning is the removal of visible soil (e.g., organic and inorganic material) from objects and surfaces. This is normally accomplished manually or mechanically using water and detergents. Thorough CLEANING is essential before disinfecting because inorganic and organic materials that remain on the surface will interfere with the effectiveness of the disinfectant. 

According to the CDC. the definition of disinfection is  the process that eliminates many or all pathogenic microorganisms. It is essential that a surface is cleaned before it can be properly disinfected. To be effective, cleaning and disinfecting must be a 4-step process. Surfaces must be cleaned, rinsed, disinfected, and allowed to air dry.


What is the 4-Step Process to clean and disinfected?

 1. Clean the surface   

 2. Rinse the surface   

   3. Sanitize the surface 

 4. Allow to air dry       


Did you know that traditional bleach and amonia-based products can be harmful to use when disinfecting?

There is a reason these dangerous chemicals have to include "poison control" instructions on their labels. According to the American Lung Association,  volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other chemicals released when using cleaning supplies contribute to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions and headaches.  Unlike traditonal bleach and amonia-based products, you are safe when using Sterile Complete products. 


Did you know there is a difference between an Antiseptic and Disinfectant? 

 Antiseptic is applied to the body while disinfected is applied to a nonliving surface.