Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

The importance of having not just a clean, but a disinfected and sanitized environment is essential for the health and safety of your staff, business, and clients. It’s important to remember the differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. They are different:

  • Cleaning removes dirt and organic matter from surfaces using soap or detergents.
  • Sanitizing kills bacteria on surfaces using chemicals. It is not intended to kill viruses.
  • Disinfecting kills viruses and bacteria on surfaces using chemicals.

Regardless of the setting, it is a top priority for us all. That’s why MasVida Health Care Solutions created the MasVida Infection Prevention (MViP) program. Covid-19 is of course at the forefront of all our minds when we think of infections and their prevention – but the myriad of other transmittable strains of viruses, bacteria, and diseases that are also present on almost every surface also poses a threat. And even more to the point, a recent study suggests that the Omicron variant can survive longer than earlier versions on plastic surfaces1.

That imagery should spark a question of what to do about it and how to best protect those in your given environment. The answer is to have a solid and thorough Infection Prevention plan, the right products, and a consistent and correct application of those products. “The primary role of an infection prevention program is to reduce the risk for hospital-acquired infection, thereby protecting patients, employees, health sciences students, volunteers, and visitors. HAIs develop in 1.7 million patients yearly in the United States, accounting for approximately 100,000 deaths,2according to the National Institutes of Health. MasVida’s Infection Prevention program gets ahead of the issue by addressing the education, needs, high-touch points, and surprisingly neglected areas of any given facility from a professional perspective with your staff, residents, patients, and families’ health in mind.

Understanding begins with being aware of the different levels of contamination that are being faced, and educating staff members of best practices. Cleaning is a great start and an important first step in infection prevention ensuring the consistent removal of visible soil and other organic matter from objects and surfaces. This means getting everything you can see and perceive to a level that looks unsoiled. However, there is more to this than meets the eye. Tiny microbial life exists everywhere and has varying degrees of difficulty of elimination, which is where disinfection comes in. To disinfect something is to ensure a cleansed surface with significantly reduced organisms, using a higher caliber of product. This makes high-traffic areas considerably safer. However, in high-risk environments with the presence of the vulnerable or elderly population, further measures must be taken to ensure everything is fully disinfected. The highest standard of environmental infection prevention is one that is sanitary. This means routine application of the correct products consistently and thoroughly to rid surfaces of substances, micro-organisms, and spores.

The fight against deadly pathogens has never been more important. MasVida’s Infection Prevention plans meet clients at every level with service bundles and customization to match. See the difference by checking out MViP today and learning what a custom IP plan can do for your facility. Better outcomes begin with better solutions, that’s the power of MasVida.

About MasVida Health

MasVida Health is a global provider of enhanced, comprehensive, and effective cleaning, surface disinfection, hand hygiene, and DME solutions. Our floor-to-ceiling, science-based approach provides safer and healthier environments, reduces costs, and improves quality of life. Learn more about MasVida Health by visiting