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Disinfect vs. Sanitize: Keeping Your Delaware Home Truly Clean!

Keeping your home clean is essential, but with so many cleaning products on the shelves, it can be confusing to know which one to use for the job. Two terms often get thrown around interchangeably – disinfecting and sanitizing. But wait, aren't they the same thing? Not quite! Let's break down the difference and help you choose the right cleaning solution for your Delaware home.

Disinfect or Sanitize


Disinfecting vs. Sanitizing: What's the Difference?


Disinfecting: This refers to the process of killing or inactivating viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. Disinfectants work by destroying the cell walls of these microorganisms, rendering them unable to reproduce and spread illness.


Sanitizing: Sanitizing reduces the number of bacteria and viruses on a surface to a safe level, as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While sanitizing doesn't necessarily eliminate all germs, it significantly reduces the risk of them causing illness.



Here's a simple analogy:


Disinfect and Sanitize

Think of your kitchen floor. Disinfecting would be like wiping it down with a powerful disinfectant, killing all the bacteria and viruses present.


Sanitizing would be like sweeping and mopping the floor, significantly reducing the number of germs but not necessarily eliminating them all.



When to Disinfect:


  • High-touch surfaces: Doorknobs, light switches, countertops, bathroom surfaces, and electronics (follow manufacturer's instructions) should be disinfected regularly, especially in households with young children, elderly individuals, or those with compromised immune systems.


  • After someone is sick: If someone in your home is sick, disinfecting surfaces they've come in contact with can help prevent further spread of illness.


  • Food preparation areas: Disinfecting cutting boards, countertops, and utensils before and after food preparation can help prevent foodborne illnesses.

When to Sanitize:


  • Regular cleaning: When you're simply cleaning up spills or dust on surfaces, sanitizing is sufficient.

  • Toys and play areas: Regularly sanitizing toys and play areas, especially in households with young children, can help reduce the spread of germs.

  • Laundry: Washing clothes on a hot cycle helps sanitize them.


Choosing the Right Product:


  • Read the label: Always read the product label carefully to see if it's a disinfectant or a sanitizer.

  • Follow the instructions: Disinfectants often require a specific contact time to be effective, so be sure to follow the directions on the label.

  • Consider eco-friendly options: Look for disinfectants and sanitizers that are safe for children and pets and contain fewer harsh chemicals.


SonRock Cleaning: Your Partners in a Clean & Healthy Home


At SonRock Cleaning, we understand the importance of maintaining a clean and healthy home environment in Delaware. We offer a variety of cleaning services, including:


  • Disinfecting deep cleans: We use hospital-grade disinfectants to tackle germs and bacteria in high-traffic areas.


  • Regular cleaning with sanitization: Our cleaning crews prioritize sanitizing high-touch surfaces to keep your home clean and reduce the risk of illness.

  • Eco-friendly cleaning options: We offer cleaning solutions that are safe for your family and the environment.


Contact SonRock Cleaning today for a free quote and let us help you create a cleaner, healthier, and happier home!



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