There are certain standards of cleanliness that vary depending on the area being cleaned. What a family may consider clean in a home is strikingly different than what is considered clean in an operating room. With ServiceMaster’s cleaning program, each facility we clean does have different standards of cleanliness.
Knowing and understanding the difference in cleanliness required is important to providing the proper cleaning service for the type of facility being cleaned.
What is the difference between clean, sanitize and sterilize?
CLEAN – Cleaning is the removal of visible dirt, grime and the like. Cleaning will remove some of the allergens and bacteria that can make people ill. This level of cleanliness is perfect for places where there is not a huge chance of pathogens passing from one person to another.
SANITIZE – Sanitizing is most commonly done in the food industry. Sanitizing means killing bacteria on surfaces with a 99.9 percent effectiveness. This seems like an impressive amount, but sanitizing will not take out viruses or fungi – flu and other viruses will remain in areas that food has been, is, or will be.
STERILIZE – Most people would not want to enter an operating room or get a tattoo if the room and/or equipment had not been sterilized. Sterilizing essentially does cleaning and sanitizing plus eliminates the viruses and fungi that sanitation alone will not remove. Sterilizing is the most effective and thorough way to be confident that your office, church or school cleaned. Sterilization will also help minimize issues of viral spread that lead to sickness and absences.
The ServiceMaster ABC has the professional technicians, equipment and processes to do all three services for you.
If you would like to inquire about our cleaning, sanitizing and sterilizing services, call or email us today!
One of our customer service technicians will be with you in short order.
This blog has been updated and was original published on July 19, 2016.