Cleaning vs disinfection

Cleaning and disinfecting are two different processes:

Cleaning means physically removing germs, dirt and organic matter from surfaces. Disinfecting means using chemicals such as Det-Sol 500 or 5000 to kill germs on surfaces.

It’s important to clean before disinfecting because organic matter and dirt can reduce the ability of disinfectants to kill germs.

A combination of cleaning and disinfection will be most effective in removing the COVID-19 virus.

Cleaning reduces the soil load on the surface, allowing the disinfectant to work and kill the COVID-19 virus.

Disinfectant may not kill the virus if the surface has not been cleaned with a detergent first.

Routine cleaning Workplaces should clean surfaces at least daily.

Surfaces and fittings should be cleaned more frequently when: visibly soiled, used repeatedly by a number of people (e.g. trolleys, checkouts, EFTPOS machines), and after any spillage.

For example, in a busy retail environment with many customers and others entering a workplace each day, more frequent disinfection is recommended to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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