Bacteria, Fungi Spores, Oh My!

When you’re in the cleaning business, questions often arise regarding disinfecting and sanitizing. Antimicrobials offer protection from unseen germs and bacteria on many surfaces. There are three levels of antimicrobials that kill or limit microbes and the spores they use to reproduce.

Sterilizer – In the spectrum of antimicrobial activity, a sterilizer is the strongest killing 100% of microbes and spores.

Sanitizer – To sanitize a surface simply means to reduce levels of harmful microbes to a a safe level. However, most chemical sanitizers have little to no effect on certain bacteria like Tuberculosis. Improper use may create resistant strains of harmful bacteria.

Disinfectants – The term disinfectant can only be used on the label of products that have been tested and proven to kill or destroy at least 99% of all microorganisms. Such disinfectants are regulated by the EPA. Common household bleach is also a disinfectant available to consumers. Disinfectant label directions must be strictly adhered to as misuse can lead to damage to materials or health risks.

So what should you use?

Since sterilizers are only typically needed for critical jobs like surgical instruments, we are left with disinfectants and sanitizers. When making the decision to use a sanitizer instead of a disinfectant, you should weigh the risk presented by the microorganism against the risk involved with the chemical itself.

When making a decision about your home and the kitchen counter in particular, keeping it clean usually means maintaining a sanitary condition. If you’re preparing raw meats on the counter, you may consider using a good sanitizer/cleaner. However, a strong disinfectant might be more appropriate in the bathroom.

A clean home is important but the most important thing to remember is that all cleaning agents, sanitizers and diinfectants should be stored and used according to the label directions. Failure to do so could cause more harm than good.

At B/P Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, our goal is to clean not only for appearances but also for your health. Please call us today if you have any questions. We look forward to working with you!

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