The Cleaning and Disinfection Cycle

 

The complete cleaning and disinfection cycle is a process made up of three basic steps:

  1. #1- REMOVE GROSS ORGANIC MATERIAL
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  2. #2- CLEAN WITH A DETERGENT
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  3. #3- DISINFECT WITH A SPECIFIC DISINFECTANT
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#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!

#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 a detergent first.

#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.