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Understand the Three Tiers of Cleaning: Surface Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

A clean and hygienic environment is a must, especially in commercial spaces with high foot traffic. To achieve peak cleanliness, it's necessary to understand the three tiers of cleaning: surface cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. 

Each tier serves a distinct purpose in removing dirt, eliminating germs, and promoting a healthy environment. At Stratus Building Solutions, we specialize in providing janitorial services that encompass all three tiers, ensuring that your space remains pristine and hygienic at all times.


1. Surface Cleaning: Removing Visible Dirt and Debris

Surface cleaning is the first tier of cleaning and involves the removal of visible dirt, dust, and debris from surfaces. While surface cleaning alone may not eliminate harmful germs and bacteria, it contributes to a neat and tidy environment. Common surface cleaning tasks include dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, and wiping down surfaces with a general-purpose cleaner.

At Stratus Building Solutions, our janitorial services include thorough surface cleaning to ensure that your space looks and feels clean. Our trained professionals pay attention to detail, addressing every surface from floors and countertops to furniture and fixtures. By regularly performing surface cleaning tasks, we help create a welcoming and pleasing environment for employees, clients, and visitors.


2. Sanitizing: Reducing the Number of Germs on Surfaces

Sanitizing is the second tier of cleaning and involves reducing the number of germs on surfaces to a safe level. While surface cleaning removes visible dirt and debris, sanitizing targets bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms present on surfaces. Common sanitizing methods include using EPA-approved disinfectants or sanitizers to kill or deter the growth of germs.

At Stratus Building Solutions, we understand the importance of proper sanitization in maintaining a healthy environment. Our janitorial services include targeted sanitization of high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, handrails, and shared equipment. By focusing on areas prone to contamination, we help reduce the risk of illness and promote a hygienic workplace for everyone.


3. Disinfecting: Killing Germs and Pathogens on Surfaces

Disinfecting is the highest tier of cleaning and involves killing germs and pathogens on surfaces to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. While sanitizing reduces the number of germs, disinfecting goes a step further by eliminating them entirely. Disinfectants are typically stronger than sanitizers and are effective against a broader range of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

At Stratus Building Solutions, we use EPA-approved disinfectants that are proven to kill a wide variety of germs and pathogens. Our janitorial services include thorough disinfection of surfaces in high-traffic areas such as restrooms, break rooms, and shared workspaces. By incorporating disinfection into our cleaning regimen, we provide added peace of mind and help protect the health and well-being of everyone in your facility.

When you understand the three tiers of cleaning—surface cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting—it is possible to maintain a clean and hygienic environment. At Stratus Building Solutions, we specialize in providing janitorial services that encompass all three tiers, ensuring that your space remains pristine and free from harmful germs. 

With our attention to detail, expertise, and commitment to quality, you can trust us to fulfill the right service at the right time, keeping your facility clean, healthy, and inviting for all. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive cleaning solutions and how we can meet your janitorial needs.


 About The Author

barbara costanzo

Barbara Costanzo, Marketing Manager at Stratus Business Solutions is an experienced marketing expert and graphic designer with an expertise for brand social strategy. She crafts compelling marketing campaigns and dynamic visual content that enhances our brand presence. Barbara’s strategic approach and creative skills make her a key player in advancing Stratus's position as a leader in the commercial cleaning industry.