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How do I know if I need to clean, sanitize or disinfect?

CLEAN:

General surface cleaning works by using soap or detergents, water and friction to physically remove germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection by removing them.

SANITIZER:

A product that reduces, but does not necessarily eliminate, microorganisms in the air, on surfaces or on inanimate objects, and whose label is registered as a "sanitizer" under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA; 7 U.S.C. section 136 et seq.)

DISINFECTANT:

Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA, 7 U.S.C. 136, et seq.), a disinfectant is a product labeled to destroy or irreversibly inactivate infectious or other undesirable bacteria, pathogenic fungi, or viruses on surfaces or inanimate objects and whose label is registered as a "disinfectant" under the Act.

 

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