Let’s learn the difference between traditional cleaning and sterilizing using Technology, and how we should practice it daily.
For the most of this year, we have been told and reminded over and again about the importance of sanitizing, and hygiene to reduce the risk of catching diseases especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are countless reports and articles from health organisations that teach us how to minimize exposure to the virus and what are some of the most practical methods we can practice not only at home, on our daily commute, and also at our workplace to keep ourselves and the ones around us safe. Of the many things that we need to know, one thing is to be able to differentiate between the effectiveness of cleaning, sanitizing, and sterilizing and how we can put conscious effort to fight the virus.
The Differences Between Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Sterilizing
While we know what cleaning entails, and have most probably done it ourselves, we know that cleaning is a means to get rid of the dust and dirt on surfaces that should not be dirty because not only is it unsightly, it also creates a conducive environment for unwanted microorganisms to grow. Meanwhile, sanitizing is the act of killing bacteria on a specific area which results in a significant percentage of the bacteria to be eliminated. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, people have been sanitizing their hands ever more frequently and it is effective in lowering the risk of the virus spread especially after coming in contact with common objects or items that are touched by multiple other people regularly. Sterilizing on the other hand, is to completely destroy bacteria and viruses so that the risk of contamination is entirely eliminated. This is often practiced by medical professionals in surgical rooms where even a small amount of bacteria into an open wound can lead to infections and serious complications.
Cleaning is Not Enough
After months of nationwide lockdown to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, most countries are beginning to reopen their economy and allowing businesses to open its doors to the public once again, and office workers who have been working from home for the past months are gradually coming back to the office. Prior to reopening, the business owners are required to follow a strict set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) to have the premises cleaned and sanitized. Many proprietors and smaller operators would have to do the cleaning themselves, while the larger ones could engage the services of professional cleaners. Although charging an arm and a leg for professional cleaning, many business owners feel that it is necessary. Cleaners would do more than the usual sweeping and mopping of the floors, they would clean all corners and most surfaces of the premise including sanitizing the high-touch places. High-touch areas are spots that many people would have physical contact with in a day. These spots or surfaces include door handles, knobs, lift buttons, faucets, toilet flush, and other common items that people share, like the pantry mugs, utensils, staplers and other stationery. After the professional cleaners have done their job, we would be able to see and smell the difference. But having the premise sparkling clean does not necessarily mean that the area if safe from bacteria and viruses, and that is why cleaning is not enough.
The Need to Sterilize
The COVID-19 virus travel in the air as droplets when it is sneezed or coughed from an infected person. These carriers may enter a premise that has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized and contaminating it with their virus. Although the SOPs require premises to be cleaned regularly, it does not prevent airborne viruses from filling up the space around us. By walking into a confined space with other people and where there have been many others, we are inevitably breathing the same air as them plus whatever that has been exhaled from their lungs, in other words, we are breathing in the breath of other people especially in confined areas and the threat become worse when some people do not wear their face masks. That is why, there is a need to sterilize the air around us whether it is at home, in the office or other premises that we may operate. Sterilizing is not easy and some methods are just not practical. For example, using disinfectant sprays regularly is not only costly but also harmful to the human eyes and skin, UV light sterilizers can indeed effectively disinfect just about any item, but it comes with the limitation of distance. Most UV light sterilizers need to be within a few feet away from the object to be able to kill the bacteria and viruses completely.
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