Home Disinfection 101: How is Disinfecting Different from Cleaning?

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whats-the-difference-between-cleaning-and-disinfectingThe coronavirus outbreak has disrupted our lives and thrown the world into chaos. Although things seem to be getting better with each passing day, it’ll still be awhile before we’re able to leave our homes without fear of infection. 

Until that time comes, we must all make sure our homes are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. This is not as easy as it seems. For one, many Americans are unaware that there’s a big difference between a home disinfection and a regular house cleaning in Terre Haute.

In this article, we’ll set the record straight by answering some frequently asked questions about home disinfection and cleaning in general, and how it helps you keep COVID-19 out of your house. Read on to learn more!

What’s the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?

Did you know that cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing are terms that have completely different meanings? Unfortunately, many Americans have no idea about this and simply use these words interchangeably.

This isn’t a problem under normal circumstances, but it can be dangerous during the coronavirus pandemic because it might make you think a surface has been properly disinfected when that’s not the case. 

Here’s a brief explanation of what each of these terms means:


This refers to the act of washing or wiping something using water and soap, or some other general purpose household product. When you clean an item or a surface, you remove dust and dirt from it, and possibly kill or remove some germs (but not all). 


This is when you apply a household disinfectant to a surface or an item. If a purpose-made disinfectant is unavailable, you can also substitute solutions with 60% or more alcohol content, or water-and-bleach mixtures. Disinfection destroys microbes and parasites, but it doesn’t remove grime and dust from a surface.


An object or surface that has only been cleaned or disinfected (but not both) is said to have been sanitized. When we perform a standard house cleaning, what we’re actually doing is sanitizing. This is acceptable during normal times, but you should strive to both clean and disinfect your home during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

How often should you disinfect your house?

Under regular circumstances, you only need to disinfect toilet bowls and seats, bathtubs and showers, kitchen counters, and other sensitive areas. You should also disinfect the interior of your kitchen appliances (the fridge, the oven, the microwave, etc.) when performing a deep cleaning.

Needless to say, things aren’t so simple these days. Depending on how often you and the other members of your household go outside during the pandemic, you should consider disinfecting frequently-touched items at least once or twice a week.

When disinfecting, pay special attention to the following:

  • Handles of all types
  • Doorknobs
  • Light switches
  • Keyboards
  • Computer mice
  • Touchscreens
  • Toilet seats
  • TV remotes
  • Game controllers
  • Phone chargers
  • Laundry racks
  • Keys
  • Faucets
  • Kitchen counters
  • Desks
  • Tables

Where can I book a professional house cleaning in Terre Haute and nearby communities?

how-often-should-you-disinfect-your-houseCleaning and disinfecting a home on a regular basis while also having to work or take care of children isn’t easy during the best of times. To say that the coronavirus pandemic has made it even worse would be a massive understatement. 

Here at KCB Maids, we understand what you’re going through, which is why we’d like to lend you a helping hand. As the leading cleaning company in Terre Haute and the rest of Vigo County, we’re superbly equipped to give your home a first-rate cleaning and disinfection. 

Book your cleaning today, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Collet Park while we make the germs go away! 

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