Cleaning, Disinfecting and Sanitizing, What is the Difference?

Cleaning, Disinfecting and Sanitizing, What is the Difference?

Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting are synonymous, but really have different meanings between the three. They involve different levels when it comes down to cleaning.

Regular Cleaning

Regular cleaning is more of just removing the dust and dirt that accumulates on a day to day basis. Cleaning generally involves removing everything that is visible to the naked eye. This will make everything look spotless and clean, But there can still be underlying germs present. Sometimes you need to go one step further.


Disinfecting goes that other step. It cleans deeper to remove the germs that are left behind with regular cleaning. Products that are used for disinfecting are stronger than your everyday cleaning products. To be qualified as a disinfectant, it should have an EPA number to show that it is approved to remove germs. Naby time various products will need to be used because one product will not be able to kill all germs.


Sanitizing means “it conforms to public health standards”. This deals more with the procedure of the cleaning process. Making sure tables are properly wiped down and other surfaces are cleaned to the same accordance with the regulations. These products might not have an EPA registration number but are required to remove 99.999% of all germs within 30 seconds of application.

The Main Difference

Disinfectants and sanitizers are not intended to clean. When the surface is still dirty (dust, grime), they will not be able to get in under all of that. If a surface is not properly cleaned, disinfectants and sanitizers will not perform to their full effect. These products should only be used after a surface is properly cleaned.

Nevada Building Services has over 35 years’ experience in this part of the industry. We have all of the correct cleaning agents and techniques to get the job done right. We can help you keep your workplace sanitized and protect you, your employees and clients. 

Call or contact us for a free quote and consultation and find out what is involved in keeping germ from spreading throughout the office. We can walk you through our methods and fully customize a plan for you. Keeping a clean and safe environment is important for all. Now is the time to start thinking about having a super sanitary workplace.

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