Aspect #6: Cleaning & Disinfection

Can surfaces be cleaned and disinfected effectively? The typical response a manufacturer would give is yes, you can use anything to clean all surfaces. Further questioning often begins to reveal a lack of understanding of infection prevention protocol and cleaning and disinfection products.

  The new laminate surface above shows no damage

The new laminate surface above shows no damage

  One cleaning with mildly abrasive cleanser has caused significant damage and microbial reservoirs

One cleaning with mildly abrasive cleanser has caused significant damage and microbial reservoirs

Surface manufacturers don’t know what they don’t know, particularly when it comes to infection control strategies, processes and products. Multiple products may be used, some of which may cause serious damage to surfaces. Many microbial reservoirs are impossible to see. When a room is tested for effective disinfection, testing will provide one result immediately following disinfection, but will often show that microbial counts have rebounded significantly two hours after cleaning.