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The process of sanitising, decontaminating or deep cleaning might seem to be interchangeable, but there’s a significant difference between them. Cleaning broadly refers to the removal of dust, dirt and debris. Whereas, sanitising, decontaminating and deep cleaning all eliminate harmful, invisible bacteria, viruses or fungi. Despite having a similar effect, knowing the differences between them can be extremely helpful. You can not only improve your warehouse’s cleaning efficiency, but also better your health and safety standards. So, what are the differences between them?

1. Sanitising

 According to CDC, sanitising “lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.”

Generally, sanitising is a little more gentle than disinfecting. Sanitising is a step beyond cleaning that reduces the amount of bacteria present by 99.9%. This is why sanitising is particularly important for surfaces that come in contact with food. By making the area sanitary or free of visible dirt contaminants, you can safeguard both your employees and consumer’s health.


2. Decontaminating

Decontamination is defined as “the process of cleansing an object or substance to remove contaminants such as micro-organisms or hazardous materials, including chemicals, radioactive substances, and infectious diseases.”

The purpose of this method is to prevent the spread of microorganisms and other contaminants, particularly those dangerous to human health or the environment. It is important to take note that sanitising is meant to reduce, not kill, the occurrence and growth of bacteria, viruses or fungi. The surfaces in your warehouse or factory that have greater risk for contamination will require additional decontamination for safety. 


3. Deep Cleaning

With the spread of coronavirus, many businesses are now seeking the help of professional cleaning companies for a deep clean. The process ensures that forgotten virus-carrying surfaces are intensely cleaned, removing all grime, dirt and harmful bacteria. As cleaning professionals, they are able to access and clean areas that are often forgotten and don’t receive regular cleaning. 

When you perform a deep clean of your warehouse or factory, you must allot several hours to use heavy-duty cleaning equipment and supplies on every area and piece of equipment in your facility. If you have decided the services of a professional industrial cleaner would be beneficial to your business, it is recommended that you schedule them in the evening or weekends. This way the deep cleaning process will not affect your daily operations or productive work hours.



Envirobridge specialist cleaning teams can handle deep cleaning services, achieved to a benchmark standard. Whether it is high level warehouse cleaning, factory cleaning or comprehensive industrial floor cleaning, in occupied areas or empty areas, we aim to work with you to make sure that the end cleaning product presents a sparkling clean professional image to your public and customers.

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