FIRST, YOU SHOULD KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DISINFECTING, SANITIZING, AND CLEANING:
Disinfecting kills 100% of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Only an EPA registered disinfectant will actually disinfect (Tip: An EPA number will be visible on the product label). An EPA-registered disinfectant has been tested and registered with the Environmental Protection Agency. As part of the registration process, the EPA evaluates the product efficacy and that the claims on the label are accurate.
Sanitizing kills and reduces the number of bacteria on a surface by 99% percent but does little to nothing about viruses and fungi. Sanitizing decreases the population of bacteria to meet acceptable public health standards. The majority of cleaning/sanitizing/disinfectant chemicals purchased in retail stores are actually only cleaners and/or sanitizers.
Cleaning removes dirt and bacteria from objects and surfaces. If you are using soap and/or water then you are cleaning. Cleaning lowers the spreading of bacteria but has little effect reducing the number of viruses or fungi.
If there are 1 million bacteria, viruses, and fungi on a surface then an EPA registered disinfectant will kill 100% of them. A good sanitizer will reduce the number of bacteria down to 10,000 but does nothing about virus and fungi. Cleaning makes the surface look nice but not much else.
The bottom line:
Sanitizing is better than only Cleaning, but complete elimination of bacteria, virus and fungi is only accomplished when you Disinfect with an EPA registered disinfectant.
Here are some quick tips:
- You only need to disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often. The most common surfaces that the flu virus camps out on are desks, countertops, door handles, keyboards and faucet handles. Use your EPA registered disinfectant on these surfaces daily (the flu virus can infect a person for up to 48 hours after being deposited on a surface).
- Use an EPA-registered product that both cleans and disinfects instead of using multiple products that only clean or disinfect.
- It’s not necessary to disinfect floors and walls other than in restrooms and locker rooms. It’s OK to use a simple cleaning solution for floors/walls in hallways and common areas.
- Use EPA registered disinfectant wipes on electronics, phones and computers instead of liquid or aerosol disinfectants.
- Be safe and do not mix cleaners and disinfectants unless the labels indicate it is safe to do so. Combining products like chlorine, ammonia, and bleach can result in serious injury or death.
- To ensure you are getting an EPA registered disinfectant purchase your disinfectants through a specialty chemical company not retail stores.
- Use disinfectant bombs frequently during flu season, here is Kinzua Environmental’s disinfectant, deodorizing bomb:
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