Cleaners, Sanitizers, and Disinfectants

Open a janitorial supply closet in your building, and you might find a large quantity of chemical agents. It may be slightly overwhelming. Without prior knowledge as to their specific uses, you might believe these are all cleaning solutions of varying types. That’s what the janitors do, right? They clean.

Actually, they do so much more.

The differences between cleaners, sanitizers, and disinfectants are very important, and a knowledgeable janitorial crew will know how to use each of these solutions to their fullest potential. They each work in different ways and are found in different strengths, and without their use the spread of contagions would be alarming.

Cleaning solutions are designed specifically to remove dirt, dust, and debris from surfaces. With this chemical, things you can see and feel are eliminated from your desk top or your break room counters. That dried up bit of Fred’s lunch from this afternoon, or the sticky spot from Betty’s soda spill need to be attacked with cleaners. But if your janitorial service stopped here, your employees and staff could be in danger.

Sanitizers reduce the bacteria, viruses, and fungi present on surfaces that you come into contact with every day. In order for a solution to be considered a sanitizer, it must be able to reduce microorganisms by 99.9% within 30 seconds of application. Sanitizers are quick and effective and without them, your sickly cubicle neighbor could be giving you that persistent cough he’s been complaining about for a week.

Disinfectants are even more intense. These solutions must meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) guidelines by reducing the levels of pathogens by 99.999% within 5-10 minutes after application. While disinfectants may need more “dwell time” in order to work at these levels, this is simply because they continue killing effectively for much longer than a sanitizer. This is your best defense. Using these chemicals in an office full of people is important, as some of the more stubborn microorganisms hide from and resist the cleaning efforts of even the most diligent of janitorial service providers.

By choosing City Wide to manager your Janitorial Services, you can be sure that your cleaning, sanitization, and disinfection needs are met. We will work with you to have your facility proactively treated before, during, and after the cold and flu season. With those colder months quickly approaching, now is the time to schedule a meeting with your local City Wide representative to discuss our preventative services and develop your building’s Workplace Wellness Action Plan.