Debunking Common Myths about Commercial Cleaning

by Lawton Brothers | Dec 29, 2023


Commercial cleaning is an essential aspect of maintaining a clean and healthy environment for a business and its employees. However, many misconceptions come with maintaining a clean and hygienic workplace. Let’s explore some of these common myths and discover their truths.

Myth 1: Only Clean When There Is Visible Dirt
To maintain a safe and clean environment, it is vital to understand that cleanliness is more than what meets the eye. Many microorganisms can’t be seen that pose a significant health risk. Regular cleaning routines, even when surfaces appear clean, are crucial to fighting off germs and viruses.

Myth 2: All Cleaning Products are the Same
One of the biggest misconceptions is that all cleaning products are interchangeable. In reality, the choice of cleaning products depends heavily on the specific needs of your workspace. It is important to consider how the product is effectively used and what surfaces it works best on. A single product will not be able to clean all the surfaces in your facility adequately.

Myth 3: Hand Sanitizers Kill Germs Instantly
Unfortunately, this is not true. Hand sanitizers don’t kill germs instantly, nor do they kill all germs. Firstly, hand sanitizer won’t clean your hands. If your hands are visibly soiled, you must wash them. Additionally, in many cases, hand sanitizer is used incorrectly, and the cleaning process is thereby stopped or negated anyway.

Myth 4: Cleaning Doesn’t Need to Happen Every Day
A clean and hygienic workplace is the result of regular, consistent cleaning efforts. Neglecting cleaning can lead to the accumulation of dirt, germs, and bacteria, which not only pose health risks but also make the workplace less inviting. If left too long, a biofilm (bacterial populations that adhere to the surface interfaces in water systems) can build up on surfaces.

Myth 5: Hot Water Kills All Germs
One of the most persistent cleaning myths is that hot water alone can effectively kill germs and bacteria. In reality, water has to be at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit to kill bacteria (much higher than what the human body can tolerate without pain and higher than what your tap water can reach). Additionally, using hot water in tandem with chemicals is also not the best way to kill bacteria and inactivate viruses. In many cases, too hot of water will destroy the chemical components that are the active ingredients in a cleaner/disinfectant. It is always best to use a product that is intended to kill germs and to follow the instructions on the label for the best result.

More Ways to Clean
At Lawton Bros, we know a thing or two about clean. With over 77 years in the industry, we’ve got the knowledge and the products to keep your facility in top shape. Have some questions about your cleaning routine? Looking for a new product? Look no further! Lawton Bros is just a call away: 800.432.0813.
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