We’ve all heard that a surface that looks clean can still be infected with microorganisms. This warning goes to the heart of the difference between products termed cleaners, sanitizers, and disinfectants. Using a degreaser or cleaner to clean flooring, kitchen counters, bathrooms, and other surfaces removes large particles, but does not have an impact on any microscopic particles that are present on the surface. Those microscopic particles include viruses, bacteria, and pathogens, which can remain behind and continue to pose a health threat.
A product labeled as a sanitizer has been tested and proven to kill bacteria, making it more powerful than a basic cleaning product. While this is valuable and is sufficient for many household and commercial applications, it is not tested to kill viruses, a major concern in healthcare settings.
If a product carries the term disinfectant, it is registered with the EPA as a product that kills both bacteria and viruses. Not all disinfectants are equally powerful or target the same microorganisms, of course, but they carry a certification for a high degree of effectiveness against the pathogens listed on their product labels. HydrolyteⓇ, the branded disinfectant offered by PCT, is listed to kill such important pathogens as C. diff, salmonella, TB, and norovirus, among others.