Disinfection vs. Cleaning – What’s the Difference?

Now we are preparing to re-open our business, and are getting numerous calls asking for a “deep clean service”. Yet, when we do ask them questions to determine what level of cleaning they are really looking for, we are discovering what they are really seeking is for disinfection services. This also prompts a debate of the differences between cleaning and disinfection services.  We would like to let you know  the importance of knowing the difference.

What is Deep Cleaning?

Deep cleaning for the most part is just a surface clean, or what some people refer to as a good, “spring cleaning”.

For instance, cleaning the kitchen cabinets (inside and out), deep scrubbing with some elbow grease of certain areas or surfaces, cleaning out stoves and washing refrigerators, etc. However, this does not mean a cleaning of undersides of tables and high traffic items like light switches, door knobs, etc.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 have similarities , but they are completely 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.

Whereas, disinfecting works by using chemicals, for example EPA-registered disinfectants and/or hospital-grade products, 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 ask the right questions and understand what service you will be provided. At Royal Cleaning Services we use a hospital-grade disinfectant when performing electrostatic and/or chemical spraying.

If you are looking for a disinfection service that includes a full wipe-down of all surfaces, door knobs, handles, chair arms, etc., this is a separate service we offer as well.

We can create a disinfection package that suits all your needs. Just let us know what you are looking for and we can tailor it to your business and needs!

Give us a call at Royal Cleaning Services today to find out how we can keep you, your staff, and customers safe, along with effectively treat your space to fight the spread of COVID-19

You can learn more much more on https://roycleaningservices.com/disinfectant-sanitize-cleaning-disinfecting/ or please call me Roger at