Clean does not mean germ-free
Are you familiar with the expression, ‘looks can be deceiving’? It means that things are not always as they appear to be.
When it comes to cleaning, looks certainly can be deceiving.
A surface might appear clean but still be riddled with germs.
That’s way you’ll hear us talk about cleaning and disinfecting. There’s a difference.
Cleaning is the physical removal of germs (bacteria and viruses), dirt and grime from surfaces using a detergent and water solution.
Disinfecting refers to the use of chemicals to kill germs on surfaces.
Safe Work Australia emphasises that it’s important to clean before disinfecting because dirt and grime can reduce the ability of disinfectants to kill germs.