Why is cleaning the most important step of the environmental disinfectant process?

• Organic body soils such as blood and inorganic dust soils act as a barrier between chemical disinfectants and germs on surfaces. Organic soils “absorb” chemical action and reduce antimicrobial efficacy especially in the case of bleach and alcohols.

• Some soils such as fecal matter and blood may sustain dangerous organisms over several days on otherwise dry surfaces.

• Patients perceive effective disinfection through sight and smell. The cleaning power and pleasant light lemon scent of Pathex provides reassurance to patients.