The Cleaning & Disinfection Cycle

The Complete Cleaning & Disinfection Cycle is a Process Made up of Three Basic Steps:

#1- REMOVE GROSS ORGANIC MATERIAL

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#2- CLEAN WITH A DETERGENT

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#3- DISINFECT WITH A SPECIFIC DISINFECTANT

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stop sign icon#1 Remove Gross Organic Material
  • Remember that if you spray poop with disinfectant you DO NOT have disinfected poop… you just have a pile of wet poop!
  • All gross organic material must be removed first.
  • Everyone can pick up!

stop sign icon#2 Clean with a Detergent
  • Disinfectants cannot penetrate organic material like dirt, body fluids, oils or grease.
  • These materials have to be broken down and removed and cleaned with detergent first.

stop sign icon#3 Disinfect with a Specific Disinfectant
  • Disinfectant can only work on previously cleaned surfaces or objects.
  • All disinfectants require a specific wet contact time to truly disinfect.
  • Some disinfectants must be rinsed away after the contact time.
  • They must all be prepared with accurate concentrations and you have to know what their “life expectancy” is, i.e. how long after being prepared do they remain fully active.
  • Although some disinfectants do have some detergent qualities, their primary job is to reduce the level of infective particles below a level that is harmful to health.

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