The Maids of Portland, Maine

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

What are the differences between cleaning and disinfecting or sanitizing?

Clean: Physically remove dirt, germs and debris from a surface by scrubbing, washing and rinsing. It is done using soap or detergent and water

Sanitize: Apply a product that kills 99.9% of the germs identified on its label.

Disinfect: Apply a product that kills nearly 100% of the germs identified on its label.

Daily Practices That Matter…

  1. Wash your hands often
  2. Understand the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting
  3. Choose the right product(s) for the job
  4. Read, understand and follow instructions for time between using and rinsing products
  5. Never mix products unless the label indicates that it is safe to do so
  6. Store products in a locked location that children cannot access
  7. Call the Poison help line at (800) 222-1222 if an accidental exposure occurs

  Courtesy of: American Cleaning Institute

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