Disinfected Surfaces – Are they Really Clean?

Every Single Thing Is Clean

A recent post on InfectionControl.tips has shed some interesting light on cleaning practices in today’s society. Many of us have our own perspective of what ‘clean’ means, and some perspectives vary drastically from person to person, but science remains the same: a hard quantified or qualified fact. With this in mind, ask yourself: “If a surface looks clean, is it actually sterile from bacteria and other microorganisms?”

As the articles states, a clean surface will not support the growth of microorganisms but how do we know if a surface is actually clean? Recent hospital studies have found that only 25%-45% of touch-points nearest to the patient met the definition of ‘clean’. When measurements and interventions were employed, the rate of ‘clean’ went to 75%.

One option for measurement and intervention is using the Integrated Cleaning and Measurement (TM) (ICMTM) approach. This approach is a four-step model: measure, compare, experiment, and implement. It is an open-source system and is not restricted by a single method or product. Rather, the system accepts best practice equipment and approaches, provided they are accompanied by measurement data confirming their effectiveness to other methods.

Businesses need to be aware of the implications of their cleaning practices, as simply cleaning a surface does not mean that you’ve removed the bacteria growing there. With antibiotic-resistant organisms proliferating on common touch-points for up to 56+ days, the action of cleaning and measuring is becoming more important.

Swish offers a number of cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting products that are effective at helping to prevent the spread of bacteria and microorganisms. We believe the cleaning process is just as important as the products you use to get the job done. Please contact us for more information about best practices and product solutions.

Swish Maintenance recommends the use of the following products that are tested by third party labs and have demonstrated the ability to kill 99.9% or more of listed pathogens when used according to label instructions. This testing is reviewed and approved by Health Canada and the US EPA.

  • ES64 Enviro Solutions Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner Concentrate (Canada and US)
  • ES65H Enviro Solutions Neutral Disinfectant Concentrate (Canada and US)
  • PCS 5000 Oxidizing Disinfectant Ready To Use/ PCS 5000 Oxidizing Disinfectant Wipes (Canada)
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