Disinfecting….. Kills close to 100% of germs on hard surfaces. Cleaning should precede all disinfecting, and all disinfectants must remain on the surface for the full recommended dwell time.
Sanitizing…….. Reduces (does not kill) microorganisms by 99.9 percent — the level deemed safe for humans by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Sanitizing cannot kill viruses.
Cleaning……… Is the process of locating, identifying, containing, removing, and properly disposing of unwanted substances from a surface or area. Cleaning usually involves soap or a cleaning formula and requires some form of agitation, such as hand rubbing or a sponge. Cleaning removes — but does not kill — microorganisms.