With the current health pandemic, businesses and individuals have more responsibilities when it comes to cleanliness.
As businesses have re-opened their doors to customers in B.C., following the recommendations from public health authorities to increase cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection procedures to further protect the health of people who work, visit, or occupy a building or public environment are a MUST.
What is the difference between them?
Whether you do the cleaning yourself or entrust this responsibility to us as your professional cleaning company, make sure you know the difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting:
Cleaning is the process of removing unwanted substances, debris such as dirt, infectious agents, and other impurities, from an object, environment or surfaces. Think of this as cleaning the stuff you can see. This operation still reduces the presence of germs by 80%. Usually you use soap and water for this. You're not necessarily killing germs but by removing them physically, you're lowering their number and your risk of infection.
Sanitizing lowers the number of germs to a safe level as judged by public health standards. It can involve either cleaning or disinfecting (or both).
Usually you sanitize in kitchens and other areas that come into contact with food. For example, you sanitize dishes and utensils after using them. You may also sanitize toys that children put in their mouths.
If you're trying to get rid of bacteria and viruses (for instance during flu season or a coronavirus outbreak), you'll want to disinfect rather than sanitize. EPA-approved sanitizers only take care of bacteria, while EPA-approved disinfectants kill both bacteria and viruses.
Disinfecting uses chemicals to destroy germs not visible to the naked eye rather than simply reducing them. Disinfecting kills and eliminates viruses and bacteria at a rate of 99.999%.
It is recommended that you disinfect areas that are in contact with contaminants and bodily fluids such as washrooms, and all frequently touched areas such as door and cupboard handles, light switches, faucets, to name a few. The procedure may not necessarily clean a dirty surface, but by disinfecting it, you reduce the risk of infection. You might disinfect areas where you change a baby's diaper. Hospitals disinfect areas that have come into contact with blood or other body fluids.
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Remember, sanitizing and disinfection are ineffective if you haven’t cleaned first. Disinfectants can’t destroy germs that are under too much dirt!
We will customize a plan suitable for your property to clean and disinfect your business.
We are fully insured, bonded and covered by the Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia. We are members in good standing with the Better Business Bureau and the British Columbia Contract Cleaners’ Association.
OUR PHILOSOPHY IS THAT NO TWO BUSINESSES HAVE IDENTICAL NEEDS, NOR DO THEY WARRANT IDENTICAL TREATMENT.
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