Should you clean, sanitize, or disinfect ?
According to commercial cleaning expert, Robert Neitzel "Cleaning a surface simply removes visible debris, dirt and dust. Sanitizing a surface makes that surface sanitary or free of visible dirt contaminants that could affect your health... Disinfecting a surface will “kill” the microscopic organisms as claimed on the label of a particular product."
- A traditional all-purpose cleaner is designed to lift dirt off a surface. While many germs will be physically removed during this process, the all-purpose cleaner won’t remove all contagious and sickness-causing germs.
- A disinfectant, on the other hand, is designed to kill bacteria, germs, etc.. It is not designed to lift dirt off a surface or make it shiny like an all-purpose cleaner.