Clean vs. Disinfect


In the midst of the COVID pandemic, the topic of returning to school has been on top of everyone’s mind. Whether you have children that might be going to school, or you’re a teacher, or know someone that’s a teacher, almost everyone will be effected by this decision. Guaranteeing kids and staff safety are of paramount importance when deciding if schools should open back up this fall or not.

The CDC has guidelines on how to clean and disinfect schools to help so the spread of the flu. These guidelines could easily be applied when helping to ensure a clean, and safe, environment this fall. Step one is to know the difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing.

Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.

You can read more about these guidelines HERE. When you put together your plan for regular cleaning of all your floor surfaces, make sure Zephyr is your first call for quality cleaning tools!