When to Clean, Disinfect, Sanitize, and Sterilize

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Know the Difference between Clean, Disinfect, Sanitize and Sterilize

Sometimes, the subtle differences between words can get lost in translation which is often the case with the following words: clean, disinfect, sanitize, and sterilize.

What is Cleaning?

Cleaning is the mechanical act of removing germs and microbes, using soaps or detergents, from a surface, whether natural or inanimate. The action reduces the frequency of germs and lowers the risk of spreading infection.

What is Disinfecting?

Disinfecting something means successfully killing germs and bacteria on objects and surfaces.

Disinfecting something means successfully killing germs and bacteria on objects and surfaces. It is done using chemicals that might or might not clean surfaces, so you must disinfect before cleaning objects and surfaces. 

What is Sanitizing?

Sanitization is the act of cleaning and disinfection to a safe or required level. It works to reduce the number of germs and bacteria on objects and surfaces. When you sanitize something, you clean it and disinfect it to kill germs to the approved level to reduce the spread of infections.

What is Sterilizing?

Finally, sterilization is a method used in healthcare and research facilities to kill and remove all microbes, including bacteria, fungi, respective spores, and viruses from all surfaces and objects. Sterilization has different types that involve the use of high heat and pressure, chemicals, and radiation to eliminate germs. 

Living with the coronavirus has made it very important to sanitize and disinfect surfaces. High-traffic surfaces, such as doorknobs, seats, chairs, and floors should be cleaned at least twice a day or more as needed. You should disinfect the surfaces once every 24 hours to 3 days or more if there is a risk of contamination

Since chemicals are used to disinfect and sanitize surfaces, it is better to contact professionals for handling these processes. They are well-versed in the appropriate methods and possess the right tools to efficiently disinfect and sanitize surfaces and areas, as well as test the disinfection level with advanced testing technologies. Contact us at KG Facility Solutions today for all your cleaning needs!

Air Purification is Key to Office COVID Protection

Whether it’s about boosting workplace efficiency or improving employee well-being, businesses must now pay more attention to enhancing their entire office surroundings. Consequently, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, most workplace quality improvements are being implemented in tandem with office COVID prevention efforts. So, why not invest in a system that protects everyone by eliminating over 99% of airborne SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) viral particles within 3 minutes?

How Air Purification Protects Workplaces from COVID-19

Aerosol research shows that respiratory particles may pass and stay airborne for longer periods, making proper indoor air hygiene a critical component for protection against coronavirus — and when we say “air hygiene,” nothing works quite like air purifiers. In addition to effective air cleaning, purifiers supplement the regular ventilation in offices, keeping viruses at bay.

Types of Air Purification Systems

Enhance Cleaning and Disinfection Workplace Protocols
Air purification technology prevents the growth of bacteria, fungus, mold, viruses, and other airborne and surface contaminants.

ActivePure® is an air purification technology that prevents the growth of bacteria, fungus, mold, viruses, and other airborne and surface contaminants by eliminating them in the first place. The different types of air purification systems offered by ActivePure® include Pure & Clean, Aerus Mobile, Beyond Guardian, Hydroxyl Blaster, AP 500, PureCloud, Guardian In-Duct, and SanctuAiry In-Duct (2,000 | 5,000 | 10,000). For an overview of these COVID-friendly technologies, click here.

Clean Air vs. Office Environment

It’s a universal truth that clean air makes a better, more productive, safe, and healthy office environment. The question is, how? Research from Harvard and Syracuse Universities reveals that the poor air circulating in most offices may be hindering worker performance.

To prove the research, some employees were requested to carry out their usual office responsibilities in a typical office building workplace. But on alternate days, the same employees were asked to repeat their specific tasks (this time with better ventilation). Results showed that employees in the pure air atmosphere outperformed those in the regular office setting by 61 percent. Moreover, the cognitive function improved by more than 100 percent by doubling the ventilation.

Not sure which solution is right for your office COVID prevention and protection? Contact us today.