- Cleaning refers to the physical removal and reduction of foreign (e.g., dust, soil, grease, oils) and organic (e.g., blood, body secretion, microorganisms) materials from a surface through the use of mechanical action, water, and detergents (PIDAC, 2018).
- Disinfecting refers to the process of deactivating and killing most microorganisms through the use of disinfectants (PIDAC, 2018).
- Products that contain disinfectants must include a drug identification number or DIN, which is regulated by Health Canada (PIDAC, 2018).
- High-touch areas are surfaces that are frequently touched by healthcare providers and clients. It is essential to frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces to prevent transmission of microorganisms.
- When cleaning remove visible soil before disinfecting, clean from high to low points and from dirty to dirtiest, and change wipes when they begin to dry out.