The importance of maintaining a clean home is a widely held belief. What’s less cut and dry for many is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting, and just how important disinfecting is to removing viruses, bacteria and other dangerous pathogens from all areas of the home. As we move forward in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, an understanding of the disinfection process and how it works is a vital part of making sure our homes remain a safe haven.

Cleaning vs. Disinfecting: What’s the Difference

Generally speaking, cleaning refers to removing contaminants, debris, dust and dirt from the home by dusting and wiping down surfaces, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping. This is an important part of keeping a healthy home, but by no means is it the only part. The real clincher—and the part of the process that removes the most harmful buildups, bacterias, viruses and other pathogens—is disinfecting.

What does disinfecting your home entail?

Disinfecting your home requires the use of EPA-approved household disinfectants, leaving cleaning products on surfaces for a specified amount of time to kill viruses and bacteria, and carefully following the instructions on each product to make sure they are being used safely and effectively.

Disinfecting also requires that specific precautions, like maintaining proper ventilation and wearing protective gear to cover skin and eyes, are taken. To properly disinfect a home, it is important to completely understand how to address different surfaces and materials, like the differences between disinfecting a couch or pillows and disinfecting a bathroom. This knowledge ensures that the disinfecting process is both effective and safe.

Why is disinfecting your home important?

Disinfecting your home is important because it is disinfecting, not just cleaning, that removes the most harmful buildups and pathogens from your home, the ones that cause illnesses like COVID-19. Because the science around how the new coronavirus is spread is still evolving, and we are not quite sure how it can and cannot be spread, disinfecting all areas of the home, particularly high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces, remains one of the best defenses we have.

But this isn’t a practice only to be used in a pandemic, and COVID-19 isn’t the only dangerous possible outcome from an infected home. Molds and other buildups that occur regularly can be harmful as well, and a regular disinfecting schedule is vital in keeping a healthy, comfortable home. Because the disinfecting process requires the use of strong chemicals and cleaners, it’s best to be handled by professionals.

At Carmen’s Cleaning, we offer disinfection services as an add-on to a regular weekly or bi-weekly cleaning, as a stand alone service, or as an addition to a deep-cleaning of the home. Whatever your need, we can meet it, always in a safe, respectful and reliable fashion. Our professionally trained staff adheres to strict safety guidelines as part of our dedicated effort to bring your family the peace of mind that comes with a truly clean home.