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What is the Difference Between Cleaners and Disinfectants?

by | Jan 5, 2021 | Medical & Veterinary Equipment Blog

Here at Georgian Anesthesia and Medical Corp, we want to help you keep your facility as clean and hygienic as possible. To do that, it’s important to use the right cleaning products, and especially the right disinfectants. In this article, we’ll go over the difference between standard cleaners and disinfectants so that you can make informed decisions about how to clean and sanitize your facility.

  • Cleaners- In technical parlance, the term cleaners is used to refer to products such as soap or detergent that are primarily designed to physically remove dirt and grime. Cleaners may, and often do, remove some portion of the germs on a surface along with the dirt, but they are not specifically designed to kill these microbes. In addition, some tools used for cleaning, such as sponges or cloths, simply collect germs and spread them from surface to surface. Because of this, we recommend using a combination of both cleaners and disinfectants to ensure that your facility is spotless and germ-free.
  • Disinfectants- In contrast, disinfectants are products designed to kill a large percentage of germs on the surface to which they are applied, or to render these germs unable to reproduce. When disinfectants reduce the number of germs on a surface to within safe public health parameters, the surface is sanitized. We offer a number of highly-effective disinfectants that will keep your facility safe and dramatically reduce the risk of contagion, and we encourage you to give us a call to learn more about our recommendations.