Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Cleaner, Sanitizer, Disinfectant, Virucide, Sterilant - There's a BIG Difference
A cleaner simply aids in removing soil from a surface. Although cleaning does remove germs from surfaces - it doesn't kill them.
A sanitizes lowers the number of bacteria on surfaces to levels that are considered safe by public health organizations. These products tend to be faster and safer than disinfectants, but disinfectants usually have broader kill claims.
A disinfectant kills infectious fungi, bacteria and viruses (but not bacterial spores) on hard environmental surfaces.
A virucide destroys or irreversibly inactivates viruses in the inanimate environment
A sterilant is used to destroy or eliminate all forms of microbial life including:
All forms of bacteria and their spores