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.