Disinfectant vs Sanitizer: What’s the Difference?

Disinfectants and sanitizers are two words that sound similar but have very different meanings. See how to use them correctly and what you need to know about each.

Operating a business, living in a condo, or managing a public facility during a pandemic has been like playing the popular game on Netflix, The Floor is Lava. Tensions can be high, and one has no idea the obstacles that will get in the way from day to day.

The province has issued various guidelines and protocols to keep people safe and business operations open while trying to lower the number of COVID cases. However, finding the best option for each environment can be overwhelming.

When we are out in the community, local Highlands agents are often asked questions about the difference between sanitizers and disinfectants. Which will last longer? What technique will help a business survive a pandemic? When to take which action to ensure the safety of high-risk family members.

These are all useful questions, and a good understanding of each term will help you to find the best solution to keep your environment safe and clean.

Okay, so we know what the problem is. Now it’s time to take action!

What is disinfecting?

Disinfecting is usually achieved through the use of EPA-approved chemicals. These chemicals are designed to kill harmful pathogens on a surface that can spread deadly disease. Disinfecting is most effective when a basic cleaning has already been done. First, clean, then disinfect. Disinfectants kill bacteria, mold, fungi, and viruses.

What is sanitizing?

Sanitizing lowers the level of bacteria and germs on a surface – either by killing them or removing them to a safe level, according to public health standards.

So, When Should You Sanitize and When Should You Disinfect?

Sanitization is important to maintain health and hygiene. It’s especially important on communal surfaces like countertops, doorknobs, light switches, and touchpads where there is a higher risk of contracting germs or bacteria.

Disinfecting should always be done when someone in the household is ill or if someone has a compromised immune system. Viruses like the Coronavirus are known to exist on surfaces and even the air for hours after being exposed.

The Highlands Solution

Our products work to disinfect, as well as sanitize. Our non-toxic, food safe liquid is applied to facilities by using a using an Ultra-Low Volume Fogger.  It is the most cost-effective way to remove a wide range of viruses and their mutations.

  • Re-Opening Disinfection

Is your business ready to re-open? Our fast-acting disinfecting service can eliminate pathogens on surfaces in as little as 10 minutes, allowing your business to safely re-open in less than an hour after treatment.

Many businesses around the country remain open despite the challenges associated with the pandemic. The key to success for most of these businesses is practicing the correct prevention and care techniques.

  • Scheduled Sanitizing & Preventative Maintenance

A good way to ensure the safety of everyone involved in your building is through regular sanitization programs and preventative maintenance. It also keeps your building healthy and beautiful so you can operate efficiently. Our company, with its unique understanding of facility dynamics and health risks, will design a custom program for you. With minimal impact on your operations, we will follow stringent protocols set forth by industry standard.

Summing it all up…

It is ultimately you who is responsible for the health of the home and business operations. The Pandemic has forced us all to re-evaluate and rethink how we operate day to day; applying safety protocols will be key in pushing through this difficult time.

For more information on how we can help you with fogging and disinfecting your place, please call 604.474.3388. 

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