Cleaning Vs Disinfecting: What’s the Difference?

Cleaning and disinfecting are both completely different. For example, it’s like saying waxing a car is the same and shampooing it. Both are different methods of cleaning and require different products and techniques to do such a task.

Whether you’re cleaning an office or a domestic property, the standard of clean is just as important. But what’s the difference between cleaning and disinfecting? At C4 Cleaning, we explain…

Clean or Disinfect?

In your workplace, there are different areas that need to be cleaned and disinfected: the toilets, countertops, floors etc. With so many surfaces in a building or business it can be hard to know what is best for each one. So how do you know if you should clean or disinfect? There are a few things you need to consider before deciding which method will work best for your needs. First of all, cleaning removes dirt and grime while disinfecting destroys bacteria and other germs on surfaces. When using chemicals such as bleach (to clean) or alcohol-based cleaners (to disinfect), ventilation is key because they release fumes into the air that can cause irritation if inhaled too closely over time. You should have a balance between cleaning and disinfecting as they will work hand in hand to ensure a clean and safe working environment.


Quite simply, to clean something is to remove the dirt, grime or dust. It is a process used to improve an area, make it look more presentable and take away any unpleasant dirt or dust etc. There are various cleaning methods, some of which include:

  • Dusting
  • Hovering
  • Polishing

 The way in which you clean in particular rooms can vary. For example, bathroom cleaning is different to cleaning a desk or office. You should never cross use any clothes or mop heads etc. when cleaning different parts of a home or office. This will prevent transferring bacteria from one place to another.

If you are using microfiber cloths to clean, you could stick to the following colours…

      • Pink for sink
      • Blue for loo (or bathroom)
      • Yellow for dusting
      • Green for clean
      • If you do have a spare colour use it for another task

A top tip we would suggest when cleaning general areas or stains is to use white microfibre cloths, this will allow you to see the dirt transfer to the cloth so you know if the product and cleaning is working.


Disinfecting an area is a method of cleaning that removes germs, bacteria and any virus on the surface. You can also consider sanitise cleaning, which is another disinfectant method.

To disinfect, you could spray an area with disinfectant, wait five minutes and wipe the product away. Disinfecting should be done regularly on top of a general clean to ensure that any germs and bacteria are killed.

Especially in the times of today, disinfecting areas regularly is more important than ever before. Not only should you disinfect at home, but in your workplace too. This is one of the best ways to avoid flu, viruses and even deter Covid-19.

Cleaning & Disinfecting with C4 Cleaning

Both cleaning and disinfecting are both important and effective ways to keep an office or workplace clean. Cleaning a desk for example would ensure that the area is presentable and any dirt is removed. To then disinfect the area would ensure that any bacteria or germs have been killed. Together, cleaning and disinfecting are the perfect duo for keeping your workplace presentable and safe, improving work morale and productivity and any unwanted absences.

For more information regarding our cleaning services, please be sure to contact us today.

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