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Cleaning vs. Sanitizing vs. Disinfecting Your Commercial Facility


In our daily lives, we use the word “clean” to mean a lot of things. We clean our plates, we clean our hands, we clean our rooms, we clean our cars. But for a commercial cleaning company like New England Cleaning Services, Inc., we mean “clean” in a specific way. How does it differ from sanitizing or disinfecting? Read on to find out!


Cleaning your commercial business

For many people, cleaning may seem like the be-all and end-all of maintaining a commercial facility because if it’s not dirty it must be clean, right? Actually, there are many different ways to clean which yield vastly different results, but when we clean, we are essentially removing dirt, debris, and any other organic matter from a surface. A commercial cleaning company has access to powerful cleaning equipment that allows it to clean surfaces effectively so that any dust, dirt, grime, and residue is completely removed. A more effective clean results in longer-lasting results and a more positive impression for your business.


Sanitizing and disinfecting goes beyond cleaning

So what about sanitizing and disinfecting? A clean surface does not necessarily mean that it is germ-free. While soap or cleanser can remove visible dirt, it can still leave a surface that leaves contaminants and pathogens that are harmful to your health. Sanitizing is the process by which bacteria are killed or reduced by 99.999 percent within 30 seconds in order to make a surface touch-safe. Areas that typically require sanitizing are surfaces that come into contact with food or areas that need to wiped quickly and effectively. Sanitizing a surface is much better than a simple clean, but it does not address viruses or fungi on surfaces.


Disinfecting is the process by which ALL germs are destroyed within 10 minutes of application. Disinfecting is especially crucial for healthcare facilities where all pathogens need to be destroyed to reduce the chances of the spread of infections. Stronger disinfectant solutions are typically used to remove harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi in order to prevent health issues and outbreaks. When it comes to safety, disinfecting is the most powerful and safest method.


We can help

No matter what type of commercial facility you have, keeping it clean AND germ-free is an important part of maintaining a healthy and safe environment for everyone. No one understands this importance more than a professional commercial cleaning company like New England Cleaning Services, Inc. because we provide cleaning and disinfecting services to clients all over the eastern Massachusetts area. With 40 years of experience under our belt, we are confident in our ability to not only clean but also deliver disinfection services using the most advanced, effective techniques.


Have questions about our methods of cleaning, sanitizing or disinfecting? Want to set up regular cleanings or project services to improve your commercial facility? Contact our office in Waltham, MA at (781) 890-2000 today!