Disinfection vs. Cleaning: What’s the Difference?

Disinfection vs. Cleaning: What’s the Difference?

As we transition to living with COVID-19, you may have heard terms such as ‘disinfection misting’, ‘fumigation’, and ‘COVID-19 cleaning’ used regularly. So, what exactly is disinfection cleaning, and how does it differ to standard commercial cleaning?


Appearance upkeep vs. thorough disinfection

Commercial cleaning and disinfection cleaning both have a key role in the safety of your staff and customers, with the latter increasingly becoming non-negotiable.

The biggest difference between the two is its purpose. Commercial cleaning is focused on maintaining the upkeep of your premises and may consist of activities such as vacuuming, mopping, microfibre cleaning, emptying bins, and restocking paper towels and toilet rolls.

On the other hand, disinfection cleaning is necessary to prevent the spread of germs within your premises. Focusing on disinfecting and sanitising your space, disinfection cleaning may include activities such as wiping frequently touched surfaces like door handles and elevator buttons, using a portable machine to efficiently ‘mist’ disinfectant into the air, and using specific chemicals proven to be effective against COVID-19.

It is important to note that while standard commercial cleaning will definitely eliminate some germs, it is not comparable to professional disinfection cleaning.


Choosing a disinfection cleaning provider

If you are looking for a professional disinfection cleaning provider, here are key things to consider:

  • Do they use a disinfectant that is approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to eliminate all strains of Coronavirus?
  • How long does the product take to work?
  • Is it hospital-grade?
  • Is it non-toxic and safe to use around people?
  • Will you need to shut down business operations during the clean?
  • How often will you need to have your premises disinfected?


With the prevalence of COVID-19, many products claiming to kill Coronavirus have become available. We recommend verifying these claims by checking the TGA website and discussing any concerns you may have with your cleaning provider.

CMBM use the TGA approved, hospital-grade Nanocyn® Disinfectant & Sanitiser to safely eliminate all strains of COVID-19, including Omicron. Nanocyn® has the fastest elimination time of any 100% natural product in Australia – 15 seconds.

 Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration ARTG Entry: 292455



To find out more about our disinfection cleaning services, please contact us on 1800 26 26 37 or at helpdesk@cmbm.com.au.

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