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The Differences Between Disinfecting and Sanitizing

As a professional cleaning company, we are often asked by our clients to disinfect one area or sanitize another, and for good reason... Performing such tasks can help prevent the spread of germs and illness throughout the workplace, keeping employees healthier, and more productive, as a result. However, you might be surprised to learn that there is an actual, legal, difference between the two processes as established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The Differences Between Disinfecting and Sanitizing
Sanitizers are defined as agents that destroy 99.999% of bacteria in 30 seconds; however, viruses and fungi are purposefully excluded from this definition. Restaurant kitchens serve as good examples in this instance; their sanitizing units must kill as many germs as possible in a very short period of time so they can provide fast turnaround of plates and utensils.
Disinfectants, meanwhile, are defined as agents that destroy 99.999% of all bacteria and pathogens (disease causing organisms) between 5 to 10 minutes after application. Unlike sanitizers, disinfectants may kill viruses and fungi, although it is not guaranteed. Specialized cleaning for medical offices requires stronger, more effective means of cleaning due to the risk of infection or contamination via the transfer of blood or other bodily fluids. This makes disinfectants the only option to use in such settings. 
Thankfully, the experts at Eagle Building Maintenance and Janitorial Services (Eagle BMJ) understand the particulars of using both forms of cleaning agents when performing healthcare and medical facilities cleaning services, just as we have for the last 20 years.

Contact Eagle BMJ today at (888) 730-1123 to arrange for a FREE, no obligation, on-site consultation. See for yourself how we can provide solutions for all your medical office cleaning needs and so much more!

Posted: 11/18/2015 3:26:08 PM by Eagle BMJ | with 0 comments