Disinfecting and sanitizing are words that are often used interchangeably and can lead to confusion among people. Both processes are very useful, but are often used in different circumstances. Sanitizing is often used when dealing with surfaces that come in contact with food, whereas disinfecting may be used if something has come in contact with someone who may have been sick.
Disinfecting is used to destroy germs instead of just decreasing the amount of them. You must clean the area prior to disinfecting since it won’t necessarily clean a dirty area, but by disinfecting you lessen the chance of infection.
Sanitizing reduces the number of germs to a safe amount as determined by public health standards.
When trying to destroy bacteria and viruses, you will need to disinfect instead of sanitize. Sanitizers get rid of bacteria, whereas disinfectants take care of both bacteria and viruses. Sanitizing is a better solution than just cleaning, but reducing pathogens on surfaces is much better when disinfecting.
Sanitizing and disinfecting can also differ in how long it takes for the product to work, and usually disinfecting takes longer than sanitizing. This makes it very important for you to follow the directions included with the product for effective use.
Sanitizing and disinfecting are both great options, but knowing the difference and what is right for your circumstances will make all the difference!
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