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Do You Know The Differences Between Cleaning, Sanitation, and Disinfection?

Updated: Aug 30, 2021

As we continue in the United States to combat the spread of COVID-19, information continues to update. We still go by the information that COVID-19 can live up to 3-5 hours or up to 9 days on surfaces.

Amy’s Angels Cleaning knows that many will not be able to constantly hire cleaning services. Whether you become a customer or not, we want to ensure you are aware of the differences in terms we use.

The following terms are often misunderstood. We want to ensure that you understand the terms better and utilize the knowledge to ensure the safety of your home.


Cleaning refers to the removal of both VISIBLE and INVISIBLE soil.


Sanitation refers to REDUCING the number of microorganisms to a safe level.


Disinfection refers to the process of ELIMINATING many or all microorganisms except bacteria spores (e.g. highly resistant structures)


Sterilization refers to the process of destroying all life forms of microbial life (sterilization is often carried in healthcare facilities).

If you will be cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting your home, know that it will take time. You CANNOT sanitize and disinfect if you DO NOT clean first!

Yes, you can place the sanitation and disinfection solutions but it will not work properly. Cleaning first will remove the layers of dirt and debris. These layers will prevent the solution from ever reaching the microorganisms hiding under. Remember just because a surface looks clean does NOT mean it is.

TIP: Before starting your Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting of your home choose ONE area to load all your equipment.

Why does it matter?

Choosing one area to place your products and equipment will prevent you from smearing unwanted germs, bacteria, etc. to the already disinfected/sanitized areas. This is what we often call cross-contamination. AVOID at all costs or else you will set back your hard cleaning work!

Use appropriate equipment. Some products have strong solutions that require to be diluted and use appropriate masks such as chemical respirators. Others will require to leave your home while the product is taking effect. Please ensure that you know how each product is used and how often. Your long term health is important so be on the lookout for safer products.

If you prefer to do the cleaning and seek assistance for sanitation and disinfection do hire professionals that meet your expectations!

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