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Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sanitizing: Is There a Difference?


July 04, 2016

There is a lot of misconception about the terms cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing, to the point that people use them interchangeably. This confusion can even lead to critical bad practices. Imagine if a doctor cleans a wound instead of disinfecting it! To clear up this mess, we are going to explain the differences between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing, and we will focus on one of the most innovative sanitizing techniques: Ozone Sanitizing.

Cleaning is the action of removing dirt, marks, or stains from a surface or an object with the use of water and a detergent. When you clean something, you remove the dirt and germs from the item you're cleaning, but it doesn't kill the germs. You remove the number of germs from that item by moving them to another place, but you do not kill the germs. Let's say you are cleaning your cutting board. You normally clean your block with a sponge and soap and then rinse it. To your eyes, your cutting board is clean, but under the microscope, the number of germs and bacteria found is just unbelievable. What you are doing is removing the visible things on your cutting board, and while it may remove some of the germs and bacteria present, it doesn't remove them all. What you did was transfer the germs and bacteria from your cutting board to your sponge. The chances are that when you clean something else with that same sponge, you will be cross-contaminating the next item, and so on.

Disinfecting uses antimicrobial agents to destroy or inactivate microorganisms. When you disinfect an item, you don't necessarily kill all the germs, viruses, and bacteria present on that surface or item. One important thing to take into account is that disinfecting is not a substitute for cleaning. You must first remove the dirt and debris on the surface or item you want to disinfect. To better understand what disinfecting is, imagine for a moment that you have a pet and it urinated on your living room floor. You would first go and use toilet paper with water to wipe off the urine. Then, to disinfect the floor and reduce the amount of germs, you would mop the floor with a solution of water and chlorine. If we go to the example mentioned above, when you have a wound, you or your doctor will apply alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to disinfect the wound. You can also disinfect your floor or tables. One thing you should take into account when disinfecting is the product you are using, as some disinfectants can be dangerous for people with asthma or allergies. For example, chlorine bleach can trigger an asthma attack.
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Sanitizing is the action of making something hygienic to maintain health and prevent diseases. This is done either with high heat, ozone gas, or a chemical solution. Sanitizing lowers the number of germs, viruses, and bacteria on surfaces or objects to a safe level. There are several sanitizing methods like the use of heat, steam, hot water, chlorine, and ozone. There are many sanitizing methods, but one of the most effective and innovative sanitizing methods is ozone sanitizing.

Ozone sanitizing is one of the most innovative sanitizing techniques. Ozone is a gas that can penetrate any porous object, killing germs, viruses, and bacteria by rupturing the organism's cell wall, leaving only harmless waste.

Using ultramodern technology, Germinator Mobile Sanitizing safely uses ozone sanitizing to disinfect items found in homes, offices, hospitals, restaurants, and hospitality industry businesses. Germinator Mobile Sanitizing is the top choice for ozone sanitizing in the United States. Our ozone sanitizing technology is mobile and can come directly to your home or office. Conveniently, our ozone sanitizing occurs on-location and is complete in only 30-60 minutes. There are many sanitizing methods, but one of the most effective and innovative sanitizing methods is ozone sanitizing.

Ozone sanitizing redefines the concept of healthy living by using breakthrough technology. Our method is 100% natural and is safe for the entire family, including children and pets. Best of all we come to your location and do all the dirty work for you. Our method is scientifically proven to eliminate 99.9% of germs, viruses, and bacteria.

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