Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sanitizing
Written by Desert Oasis Cleaners

Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sanitizing

Keeping areas clean is a part of everyday life. Some methods of cleaning are better than others, while some are a little more in-depth. Below are the break down of them.

Where are germs found?

Germs are a part of our day-to-day lives. Some of them are beneficial, but others are damaging and are the cause of diseases. They are found everywhere – the air we breathe, the ground we walk on, and the water we use. They’re on people’s skin and inside their bodies. Germs are also found on the things and surfaces that we touch.

Oftentimes those germs can spread to you, making you sick. For instance, there could be germs on a game controller. You might get infected with them when you touch the controller and then touch your nose or wipe your eyes or have a meal with your hands.

What ways can I avoid contacting germs from objects and surfaces?

To avoid getting infected by germs from objects and surfaces, it is vital to keep your hands clean by washing them often. However, it is almost impossible to wash your hands each time you touch something. Therefore, it’s also important to regularly clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

What are the differences between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing?

Some people think that disinfecting is the same as cleaning or sanitizing. However, each of them is different:


Cleaning eliminates dirt, dust, grime, and germs from objects and/or surfaces. When cleaning, you are going to likely use soap (or cleanser) and water to physically clean off the objects and surfaces. This might not necessarily wipe out the germs. Nevertheless, because you removed most of them, there are less germs that might spread infection to you or others.


Disinfecting utilizes chemicals (disinfectants) to eliminate germs on objects and surfaces. Many general disinfectants are alcohol and bleach solutions. You typically need to keep the disinfectant on the objects and surfaces for a certain amount of time to kill the germs. Disinfecting doesn’t necessarily clean soiled surfaces or remove germs.


Sanitizing can be done by either cleaning, disinfecting, or combined. Sanitizing means that you are decreasing the number of germs to safer levels. What is determined as safe levels depends on public health regulations or requirements at a workplace, office, school, etc. For instance, there are sanitizing practices for restaurants and other facilities that prepare food. What you do to sanitize is going to vary, subject to your needs. You could be mopping a floor using a floor mop, chemicals, and water. You might utilize a dishwasher to sanitize dishes. Or you could utilize an anti-bacterial wipe on a computer mouse.

When you clean and disinfect an object or surface at the same time, you are able to further lessen the risk of infection spreading around. There are products available that clean and disinfect simultaneously.

Which surfaces and objects do I need to clean and disinfect?

To stop the spreading of infection, you should routinely clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are often touched. For instance, in your office, this would include office desks, doorknobs, computer mouses and office chairs, light switches, keyboards, phone handset, etc.

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