Cleaning vs Sanitisation – The Post COVID Debate for the ages!

We have all seen it – almost every article and post has a reference to the “new normal” and how it will involve a world with better hygiene and more cleaning. Deep Cleaning, Enhanced-Cleaning, Bio-Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning…

A word not so readily heard is this one: “Sanitisation”

Its not a new word, or a new concept, but it is a word that the wider population will need to be increasingly familiar with in the days, weeks, months and years to come. Why you ask? The answer is this:

Cleaning and Sanitisation are NOT the same thing. Plain and simple.

Here are the simplest definitions of the two words:

Clean: make clean; remove dirt, marks, or stains from.

Sanitise (Sanitize): make something sanitary (free of germs)

The Key difference being the reference to germs.

Cleaning is a way of making something look OK.

Sanitising is the removal of dangerous organic materials including bacteria & viruses.

Technically: Sanitising or Sanitisation is: the method of making a surface acceptably safe for humans to touch from the risk of organic materials.

So many cleaning companies are calling their “Deep Clean” and “Enhanced Clean” services, Sanitisation Services. Really all they are doing is more of the same thing – more “wiping”, more “spraying”, more “mopping”. None of these are near as effective as true sanitisation using fogging or misting.

Make sure you are getting what you pay for!