Sep 23, 2022
People use the words ‘cleaning’ and ‘sanitising’ interchangeably in the mistaken belief that they mean the same thing. However, there is a difference between these two terms.
Cleaning is the process of removing visible dirt, soil, grease, clutter, food waste, and even bad odours from a surface. On the other hand, sanitising is the process of reducing pathogens that can spread diseases, contamination, and/or spoilage. They are two separate processes, and both are important to ensure clean and sanitary conditions. Cleaning alone is insufficient since common cleaning agents are not intended to destroy microorganisms.
It’s also important to note that an item must be thoroughly cleaned before it can be sanitised. Most sanitisers may not work effectively if not all visible contamination has been removed.
Sanitising should not be confused with sterilising, which is the process of removing all microorganisms completely. Sterilisation is performed in places like hospital operating rooms.