Did you know the average desk harbours 400x more bacteria than a toilet seat? As unsettling as that is, it’s a great reminder of why cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting are a powerful trifecta when it comes to tackling germ hot spots around the workplace! Kimberly-Clark lays out what to do to break the chain of germ transmission.

Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces and objects using soap and water, reducing both germs and the risk of spreading infection

Sanitizing lowers the numbers of germs on surfaces and objects to a safe level per public health requirements by cleaning or disinfecting

Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects using chemicals, and is highly effective at reducing the spread of infection if done after cleaning

Step 1: Clean the surface of commonly-touched objects — use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Step 2: Disinfect the surface using EPA-registered or Health Canada-approved household disinfectants. 

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