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Difference Between Cleaning, Disinfecting, And Sanitization

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We’re more concerned about hygiene and cleanliness than ever before. A clean space is a healthy space, but not all cleaning jobs are undertaken equally.

Cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitization all help reduce the spread of infectious bacteria, viruses, and diseases that cause illness and death. While the terms are often used interchangeably, there are important and noteworthy differences in the roles they play.

Cleaning VS Sanitization VS Disinfecting


Cleaning removes germs and substances such as dirt and other impurities from an object or environment, typically using soap and water. Cleaning does not kill all germs, bacteria, or viruses. It simply removes or lowers the germ number, which reduces the risk of infection and transmission.

Even if you are later going to disinfect or sanitize an area, it is recommended that you clean with soap and water first to remove any dirt, dust, or particles.

Cleaning is typically used for surfaces such as floors, walls, carpets, and clothing.


Going a step beyond cleaning, sanitization actively kills germs and bacteria to a safe level set by public health and safety standards. Sanitization is required when cleaning a surface that’s come into contact with food but doesn’t protect against all viruses and diseases.

Sanitization is typically used for areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and anywhere food has been.


Disinfecting is used when you need a surface or space clear of ANY bacteria and viruses. A disinfectant kills 99.99% of all microorganisms on contact and is the most effective way to prevent infection and transmission of diseases such as influenza, salmonella, and COVID-19

A disinfectant may not remove dirt or stains, but it will fully decontaminate important high traffic areas such as door handles, chairs, desks, phones, computers, toilets, and sinks.

Fogging For Whole-Room Disinfecting

If you need to disinfect an entire building or room, fogging is one of the most complete and comprehensive ways to remove 99.99% of harmful microorganisms. A ULV (Ultra Low Volume) fogger sprays a fine mist of all-natural disinfectant solutions throughout the room.

Fogging is the only method that guarantees to disinfect every surface and the air. A fogging treatment from Bison Janitorial ensures total and complete disinfection compared to regular cleaning methods that often miss hard to reach areas.

Protection Against Disease And Illness

COVID-19 and other diseases spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Simply touching the same surface or breathing in the air of an infected person can transmit the disease to you and others.

A key way to reduce the risk of exposure, infection, and transmission is through a comprehensive cleaning and disinfection strategy. A thorough and accessible cleaning plan, which may include whole-room fogging, protects you, family, friends, and co-workers from preventable illness and disease.

To keep a safe and hygienic environment, make sure you have a range of cleaning, sanitization, and disinfecting products on hand and make clear guidelines easily accessible.

Bison Janitorial has been serving the Winnipeg community for over 25 years. Our expert team of trained professionals can help you with any janitorial service across any buildings or residence. Our focus is on quality care and customer satisfaction, assuring you that your space will be cleaned and disinfected right the first time.

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