Whether it’s for personal use or commercial cleaning endeavors, choosing the right chemicals for the job at hand is an essential task that you cannot overlook for a second. At a glance, you may feel that cleaners, disinfectants and sanitizers are virtually identical. In truth, though, they are three unique categories of chemicals. If you don’t understand the differences, now is the time to educate yourself on the subject.
All of the chemical products are used for the broad term of ‘cleaning.’ In truth, though, the terms ‘clean’, ‘sanitize’ and ‘disinfect’ are incorrectly interchanged in conversation. Let’s take a look at the unique properties that separate the three.
Cleaning agents are commonly seen as liquids, powders, sprays, or granules. They are used as household products while they also appear in several commercial environments too. Their main functions are to;
- Remove dirt, dust, and debris
- Mask odors by removing the source and providing a new smell
- Enhance the appearances of a room or surface
Cleaners are, therefore, an excellent option for starting the process and will leave the area looking and feeling far more pleasant. However, their functions are limited – not least because they won’t remove bacteria completely.
Sanitizing agents commonly fall into three categories (bleach, quaternary ammonia, and iodine). In addition to removing dirt, they actively sanitize contaminated areas, making them far safer. Their characteristics include:
- Reduces bacteria, viruses and fungi to a point where they meet public health codes
- Reduce microorganisms by 99.9 percent within 30 seconds
- Can come in hand sanitizer formulas too
Sanitizers are preferred over cleaning agents in delicate environments such as healthcare areas and restrooms. As such, they can be deemed a great option for the modern home too, particularly when family members are ill.
Disinfectant agents are closer to sanitizers than regular cleaning agents but do carry unique properties that set them apart from both of the alternatives. They are antimicrobial agents that are applied to the surface of non-living objects to destroy microorganisms, and are characterized as;
- Kills nearly 100 percent of the disease-causing bacteria
- Reduces at least 99.999 percent in 5 to 10 minutes
- Offer complete microbiological sterilization
Disinfectants are the best option, particularly in commercial areas as they actively kill bacteria by damaging the bacteria’s proteins, causing the cells to rupture. Disinfectants are available in various solutions and formats, including alcohols, air disinfectants and oxidizing agents.
The Final Thoughts
All of the three options above can be used to improve the health and appearance of a room, but the impacts they bring do vary. Therefore, you’ll want to consider the following points before making your final decision on the right agent.
- Are you dealing with dirt and dust, or do bacteria need treating too?
- Is it being used at home or in a commercial environment?
- How quickly do you need results to occur?
Answer those questions while understanding the different products that fall into the three categories, and you’ll be sure to make the smartest selection.
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