Facts About Cleaning and Disinfection

Facts About Cleaning and Disinfection
Cleaning and Disinfection
Why is it important?
Frequent cleaning and disinfection helps to prevent the spread of germs that may cause illness.
What is it?
Cleaning is an important first step because it physically removes dirt, organic matter and most germs
from surfaces, but does not destroy some harmful germs that may remain. All surfaces must be
thoroughly cleaned before disinfection. This ensures that germs are not hidden from the disinfectant
when it is applied.
Disinfection is the process that destroys most disease-causing germs that remain on surfaces.
How often should it be done?
Routinely - for frequently touched surfaces; shared surfaces / items
More often - when illness levels have increased
Immediately - when surfaces are contaminated with blood or body fluids
How is it done?
What
Why
How
Step 1 : Clean
 To physically remove dirt, organic
matter, and most germs before
disinfection
 Use detergent / soap, water, clean
brush / cloth and scrub
Step 2: Rinse
 To remove soap and dirt residue
 To make disinfectants effective
 Use clean water and clean cloth
Step 3: Disinfect
 To destroy disease causing germs
that remain on surfaces
 Fully immerse tools in disinfectant
solution at proper strength for a
required contact time
over . . .
For more information
Durham Region Health Department
905-666-6241 1-800-841-2729 durham.ca
If you require this information in an accessible format, contact 1-800-841-2729.
Cleaning and Disinfection
What do I look for?
Read the label and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Things to consider when buying
cleaning and disinfection products:
Type: Is the product just a cleaner,
disinfectant or a combination?
DIN: Drug Identification Number
issued by Health Canada for all
approved disinfectants
Pre-clean / Clean: Must remove all
dirt before sanitizing or disinfecting
Sanitize: A lower kill level of some
germs
Disinfect: A higher kill level of
more types of germs
Contact Time: The time required
for the disinfectant to be left wet on
the surface to kill the germs
Can household bleach be used as a disinfectant?
Household bleach can be diluted with water and is an effective and inexpensive disinfectant.
The product labels will inform you of the intended use of the bleach and whether it can be used as a
disinfectant. Remember to always follow manufacturer’s instructions.
More information can be obtained from
Durham Region Health Department, Environmental Help Line
905-723-3818 or 1-888-777-9613
October 2016
For more information
Durham Region Health Department
905-666-6241 1-800-841-2729 durham.ca
If you require this information in an accessible format, contact 1-800-841-2729.
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