The Differences between Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

From the onset of the COVID-19 crisis FSIoffice has seen overwhelming demand for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfectant products. Through good public health education customers knew right from the start of the outbreak that these groups of products were needed to clean surfaces and help reduce the spread of infection. Because of this unprecedented demand we have had to source some of these products from non-traditional suppliers and use brands that might not be as familiar to you.

Because of the brands we have sourced to keep up with demand are not as well-known as Clorox or the other major consumer brands we thought it would be a good idea to help you understand the difference between the three major categories of germ reduction and which of the three is the only one to protect you from the spread of COVID-19. We have put together a quick visual guide explaining the difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting products so you can make informed decisions when purchasing cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting products.

Just remember, don’t use disinfecting wipes on your hands but wash them with soap and water to prevent skin damage!


  1. It’s good to know that sanitizing the office basically means limiting the number of germs on the surfaces in the building. My spouse and I are trying to get our office sanitized soon so that employees and customers are comfortable. We need to find a local sanitation company that can help us with this project so that we know things are cleaned properly.


  2. It’s good to learn that disinfecting surfaces is known to be the most effective way of getting rid of germs. My wife and I are wanting to protect ourselves during the pandemic and we were wondering how we could get rid of germs in our home. I’ll be sure to tell her that we should disinfect the surfaces in our home to get rid of germs.


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