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What is Clean

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

A Clean Kitchen

The requirement for clean depends upon the end-user, or customer. A homeowner may require one type of clean and a business may require a different one. Individuals wishing to maintain a clean home or business may have different needs. 

Additional information concerning cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization can be found in The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/disinfection/introduction.html

When cleaning services are requested it is important for all parties to understand terminology to align services with the customer's request. To do so the following defines 1. Cleaning - is the removal of visible soil (organic and inorganic material) from surfaces of contents and structure. Cleaning is required before disinfecting or sterilization can occur. 2. Disinfection - This is the process to eliminate many or all pathogenic microorganisms, except bacterial spores on inanimate objects. Factors affecting disinfecting effectiveness include, but are not limited to materials affected and what is the level of pathogens affecting the materials, what is the access to the surface being cleaned (crevices, hinges, above floor level.) Removal of pathogens includes applying an EPA Registered liquid chemical and removal by mechanical methods (hand wiping with appropriate towel or extraction.) 3. Sterilization - Sterilization is a process to destroy or eliminate all forms of microbial life. Most often applicable to health-care facilities, laboratories, certain technological research and development labs. Some methods used for sterilization include pressurized steam, dry heat, hydrogen peroxide gas plasma, and liquid chemicals. Sterilization requires specific equipment and supplies designed for services requiring specific to the customer's needs. 

When SERVPRO of Fayetteville is contracted to perform services for cleaning defining the customer's needs is included. Determining services, materials, supplies, and personnel is a factor for all cleaning requests. Once an agreed-upon scope of services is established services can begin. 

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