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Commercial Cleaning – Difference Between Cleaning and Sanitising

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When it comes to your office cleaning, there are two levels of clean. The first is neat and tidy and looking good to the human eye. This is what dusting, vacuuming and wiping down counters gets you. It’s a good start, but it’s not going to be enough when it comes to the food or hospitality industry. 

A sanitised commercial cleaning, meaning that anti-bacterial sanitizers are used, is a much deeper cleanse. You’ll still have all the services that a standard commercial cleaning service offers, but also get the peace of mind of knowing that germs don’t stand a chance on your property. 

So, what’s the difference between sanitisers and disinfectants then? A sanitiser usually produces a more powerful chemical reaction that works fast. It will destroy most of the germs and bacteria in under a minute.  

This makes it ideal to use in a kitchen situation where you need to get clean dishes out fast or when you’re working with raw food.  

A disinfectant, on the other hand, works more slowly. You’re looking at around ten minutes to get the full effect. The advantage, though, is that it will kill all germs. So, these are more important in environments that need to be absolutely clean, like hospitals and doctor’s surgeries.   

In either event, sanitising, or disinfecting, is a cut above your standard commercial office cleaning service. So, before you choose your cleaners, Leeds, you need to know which service is more fitting for your business and whether the service will offer that.  

And, unfortunately, it may not be enough to take the company at their word about the kind of job that they do. It’s difficult to tell the difference between a clean surface and one that has been sanitised or disinfected because the bacteria are not visible to the human eye.  

You’ll need to get a professional cleaning crew in from a company that prides itself on its sterling reputation. A company that has built its business on providing the best possible service and that won’t cut corners when it comes to cleaning supplies.  

At Clear Choice, we understand that your business relies on our service to keep your staff and clients safe and protected. As a result, we’ll only use top-of-the-line cleaning products that are proven to work well.  

Can you do both? 

Yes, if you use the right product range the surface can be both cleaned and sanitised at the same time. It is important to approach the situation carefully though and keep the sanitisation tools separate from the normal cleaning tools.  

Say, for example, that you need to sanitise your countertops in the kitchen. If you move straight from sanitising the counters to wiping down the walls with the same cloths, you could effectively be moving germs from one location to the next.  

Remember that sanitisers will not kill all the bacteria. For this reason, it’s better to keep both functions completely separate or to switch over to using disinfectants instead.  

Overall, though, it’s best to ensure that you’re matching the cleaning techniques used to your needs. For example, a public bathroom in a restaurant is normally a high-traffic area that must be disinfected because of the number of people that use it.  

A disinfectant does a better job of killing off viruses and other pathogens than a sanitiser. Most sanitisers target bacteria but are not effective when it comes to viruses. So, a sanitizer works really well in a kitchen environment where you control who comes and goes. 

A disinfectant is better in areas where you have less control over who comes and goes. To determine what will work best for your business, it’s good practice to consult a professional cleaner and see what they suggest.  

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