It’s a common misconception that cleaning and disinfecting are the same thing. To put it simply, cleaning is the process of removing dirt and disinfection is the process of removing or controlling the spread of viruses and bacteria.
In order to do the latter, you must first, clean! Here are our tips on cleaning and disinfecting:
- Use effective products
Always read the label – Most cleaning products will have a list of the dirt they can remove and the same goes for disinfection products for listing the viruses and bacteria that they are effective against with proper use.
- Follow the label instructions
Instructions on how to use the product effectively can also be found on the label. It’s important to read these, as instructions from product to product may vary. Some require use on a wet surface, some say to spray on to a cloth, not the surface directly and others say that that the product needs to be wiped off after a period of time. It’s important to use the product properly to ensure that the product is effective.
- PPE & Equipment
It’s a good idea to protect yourself whilst using cleaning and disinfection products. Products can get in to broken skin or in to your eyes and cause irritation. Goggles and gloves can help to minimise this risk whilst spraying and wiping in particular.
It’s best to use a microfibre cloth to clean and disinfect with. The micro fibres in the cloth give you better contact with the surface so that you can use the product more effectively. They can also be machine washed afterwards – just remember to wash all cloths separate to any clothing, bedding or other household textiles and at a high temperature.
- Keep it clean!
That goes for your hands and surfaces.
Remember to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Regular hand washing helps to minimise the spread of viruses and infections.
Highly touched surfaces such as door handles, light switches, television remotes etc need regular attention. Ensure that they are free of any dirt and then disinfect.