· By Tara Tyrrell
Antibacterial vs Regular Surface Cleaners: Which To Use & When? - CleanHQ
Homes are full of germs and muck, even more so when you have kids and pets around. And it seems that no matter how much effort you put in, the house is never clean enough – or not clean for long. Given the current pandemic (or during any flu-season), it is imperative that you keep a clean house if you have been out and about or have had visitors. But is a regular surface cleaner enough, or do you need something stronger? In this article we discuss the difference between regular surface cleaners and antibacterial cleaners, which is best and when.
What are regular surface cleaners?
Regular surface cleaners are designed to do just as the name suggests: clean. They remove organic matter from surfaces and usually contain soaps and detergent.
When to use it
You can use regular surface cleaners on anything, but they’re best if you simply want to remove dirt or grime from rarely used areas – such as clearing off the dust on your bookshelves or blinds. Research has found that most surface cleaners will have some antibacterial properties thanks to the chemicals used to create them, but they aren’t going to be as effective as specific antibacterial cleaners.
What are antibacterial cleaners?
Antibacterial cleaners are designed to remove bacteria and germs from surfaces, with some types said to eliminate 99.9% of germs. These cleaners are more effective in the long run when it comes to maintaining a healthy home environment.
When to use it
Antibacterial cleaners are ideal for everyday use in common areas and places that are used often, particularly for sanitary purposes, food preparation, and so on. Use them daily on kitchen benches and toilets, clean your shower weekly (or daily if someone is ill in the house) with anti-bacterial cleaners, and so on. It is important to note that these cleaners are only effective if they are used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. In most cases, the disinfectants need to be left on for at least 10 minutes before they begin to work.
Which Is Better?
While regular surface cleaners are great for giving your house a good clean and scrubbing long-lasting muck away, if you want to keep the family safe from harmful germs and bacteria, you want a disinfectant. The important thing to note here though is that before you use a disinfectant, you also need to make sure the space is clean. If you want a germicide to work, it needs to touch to the germs and if you have grime or dust on the surface, disinfecting it won’t be effective.
As such, if you can get a cleaner that has cleaning and bacterial properties, you’re hitting the nail on the head. Fortunately, CleanHQ makes it easy to do both with the Fabulosa range. This range includes concentrated disinfectant that not only cleans and shines, but also kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. It’s a win-win. Click here to check it out for yourself online.