When deciding which commercial cleaning company to use, you will hear a lot of companies talk about the need to sanitize vs disinfect and some will use the words interchangeably. They are not the same thing. So, it is important to be sure you know which disinfection definition they are using and whether it meets your standards for a healthy environment.
Sanitize vs Disinfect
There is a lot of confusion about the difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. With an increased focus on healthy work environments, it’s important to know the difference.
Basic cleaning services include the use of products that remove soil, dirt, dust, organic matter, and germs as part of their regular cleaning routine. This will keep your facility clean, but it won’t sanitize or disinfect.
According to the CDC, Sanitizing your workplace means lowering the number of germs on surfaces to a safe level, it handles 99.99 to 99.999% of microorganisms to lower the risk of spreading infection.
Disinfection goes further by destroying or deactivating germs. It eliminates 100% of microorganisms (except in spore form) and 99.9999% of germs to further reduce contamination and infection risk. Disinfecting will not clean surfaces for dirt, soil, or dust. So, for cleaning as well as protection against germs, bacteria, and infection, it is recommended that you do regular cleaning before disinfecting.
OpenWorks uses several broad-spectrum hard surface disinfectants that have proven to be effective against viruses such as Human Coronavirus, SARS-associated Coronavirus, Porcine Respiratory & Reproductive Syndrome Virus (PRRSV), Rotavirus, and Rhinovirus Type 37. Based on EPA Emerging Viral Pathogens Guidelines for Antimicrobial Pesticides, these hard-surface disinfectants can be used against COVID-19 when used in accordance with the directions.
The TotalWorksTM Complete Cleaning & Disinfection System
OpenWorks offers the TotalWorksTM complete commercial cleaning disinfection system which allows customers to choose the level of cleaning and disinfecting service they need:
- SaniCareTM – Our base service that includes daily cleaning of workspace and common areas, and weekly disinfecting of high-touch surfaces.
- SaniWorksTM – Includes all SaniCareTM services, but high-touch surfaces are disinfected daily instead of weekly.
- SaniTechTM – Includes all SaniWorksTM services as well as professional day cleaning and disinfection technicians who clean and disinfect workspaces, common areas, and restrooms multiple times daily.
InfectaGuardTM For Deep Cleaning & Added Disinfection Services
InfectaGuardTM is our in-depth deep cleaning and disinfection service that gives you the peace of mind that your facility is disinfected with EPA-approved anti-microbial disinfectants to prevent the spread of germs that cause infections, such as influenza and COVID-19.
InfectaGuard+TM includes everything offered in the InfectaGuardTM program along with additional protection for COVID-19 (also known as SARS-CoV-2), biohazard cleaning and disinfecting, and application of a six-step process for decontamination recognized by the Global BioRisk Advisory Council (GBAC).
- Incident Site-Risk Assessment – Quality Control
- Forensic Cleaning, including the removal of biological contaminants
- Load Reduction
- Professional Disinfecting
- Post-Site Assessment – Quality Control
Why Choose OpenWorks
OpenWorks is committed to creating a clean, safe, and healthy environment for your employees and customers. Our elite network of service providers uses EPA-registered antimicrobial cleaning and disinfecting products that kill bacteria and viruses, including the flu and coronavirus.
We currently serve more than 4,000 facilities nationwide–over 30 million square feet of office and industrial space. We apply our commercial cleaning and total facilities management approach to provide top-to-bottom cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitation solutions. Contact OpenWorks today for a quote.