Jim’s Cleaning's professional cleaner will know well the difference between disinfectants and detergents, as well as the proper use of each and which tasks around your home call for either product. However, it is common for most people to have both chemicals in their house and so the team at Jim’s Cleaning have provided you with the following brief summary - so that you can ensure you use the best product for both the job at hand and the care of your home.
A disinfectant is a chemical capable of killing some germs (microbes) under certain conditions. Disinfectants do not clean dirt or grease, this is the job of detergents.
Disinfectants and detergents should never be mixed together unless recommended by the manufacturer, as the two kinds of chemicals may work against one another producing a solution which neither kills germs nor assists in cleaning. The strength of disinfectant solutions is important: if they are too weak they will not kill germs, and if they are too strong they may be harmful.
Use of disinfectants:
Disinfectants are used in areas where it is necessary to kill germs (microbes) for the safety and health of humans and animals, such as toilets, sinks, food preparations areas, hospitals, floors, drains, kitchens, etc. Disinfectants can also be used to clean items such as mops, buckets, brushes, cleaning cloths, clothes, etc.
Are disinfectants dangerous?
Disinfectants can indeed be dangerous if they are too strong – in other words, not properly diluted.
Disinfectants can harm the skin and eyes and give off strong fumes. There are many disinfectant products on the market, so be absolutely sure that the one you use is recommended for the job you are doing and you follow the manufactures instructions. If you are unsure, the best idea is to call in a Jim’s Cleaning professional for advice.
A detergent is a chemical that is a wetting agent and, when combined with clean, hot water, dissolves grease and cleans more easily. A detergent is a cleaner; it does not kill germs (microbes). Also, it is important to change detergent water frequently, otherwise germs (microbes) carried in the dirt will be moved from place to place.
Use of detergents:
Detergents are used anywhere where it is necessary to remove dirt or grease, such as floors, toilets, benches, showers, sinks, etc. In some cases you may need to use a detergent and then a disinfectant – but never mix the two products together.
Are detergents dangerous?
Disinfectants can sometimes be dangerous. There are many different products on the market, so be absolutely sure that the one you use is the correct detergent for the job at hand, and that you follow the manufactures instructions.