Choosing the right chemical for the job


We recently published a post identifying the difference between cleaners, sanitisers and disinfectants. To follow on from that post we though it would be useful to give you a heads up about which chemicals to use in what scenario so that you’re better equipped to clean!

  • An all-purpose cleaner will be sufficient for most surfaces where the likelihood of cross-contamination is low. More importantly, a cleaner should always be used to remove visible soil from any surface prior to sanitizing or disinfecting.
  • A sanitizer is most often used in food service areas and healthcare facilities. Sanitizers can also be used in office environments where a cleaner may not be strong enough, but a disinfectant isn’t necessary.
  • Disinfectants are most commonly used in medical facilities where drug-resistant organisms like MRSA or C.diff are an issue as disinfectants can make kill pathogens that sanitizers cannot. If you have a situation where you know there’s potential for additional germs that aren’t going away with sanitation, then you take the step of applying a disinfectant. Regardless of environment, disinfectants are the go-to chemical during an outbreak of illness, such as norovirus.

Based on the differences between cleaners, sanitizers and disinfectants, you might wonder, if disinfectants will kill nearly everything in their path, why not always use them? Well, in addition to being overkill, disinfectants can be a budget buster when used needlessly…

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