Cleaning vs. Disinfection: What’s the Difference?

  • Date: 04-2020

A “deep cleaning” might look nice and feel good, but if you’re looking for disinfection services, you need to do your homework. Beware of what other companies may promise. There is a real difference between cleaning and disinfection. It’s important for homeowners to know what they are paying for.

What is Deep Cleaning?

Deep cleaning is generally just a surface clean, or what some people refer to as a “spring cleaning” at home. Often, these cleaning crews may miss the undersides of tables and high traffic items like light switches, door knobs, or chair arms.

It is these places, that we touch often in our homes and businesses, where germs and viruses can linger. If you are looking to eliminate viruses, as well as other germs and bacteria, you need more than just a deep cleaning.

Sanitization, Disinfection or Sterilization?

The terms sanitization, disinfection, and sterilization sound similar, but they are very different.

Sanitization reduces overall pathogenic microbes on surfaces. While disinfection requires the disinfectant to remain on a surface for a period of time in order to be effective.

According to the CDC, “Cleaning refers to the removal of dirt and impurities, including germs, from surfaces. Cleaning alone does not kill germs. But by removing the germs, it decreases their number and therefore any risk of spreading infection.” Source: CDC.gov

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 by disinfecting, you can kill germs that remain on a surface after cleaning to further reduce any risk of spreading infection.

This is why it is important to understand what products a cleaning company is going to use, and what process they are going to use to perform the cleaning. At Green Home Solutions, all of our disinfection services include a full wipe-down of all surfaces, followed by the application of a disinfectant.

If you are looking for the same process used in operating rooms, we have that too. Our Level 3 – Hospital Grade Disinfection or Dry Fog application fills the room with a hospital grade disinfectant that penetrates surfaces to make sure viruses and germs are eliminated.

To learn more about our three levels of disinfection services, click here.

In this time of uncertainty, it’s not wise to turn to experimental treatments from companies that pop up overnight. You want to be sure the product you choose is on the CDC-approved list. You want a company who has the experience and expertise to ensure the job is done right.

Contact Green Home Solutions today to find out how we can effectively treat your space to fight the spread of COVID-19.