Easing the lockdown: Cleaning vs Disinfecting

  • 17 Aug 2020

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It's likely that your regularly-scheduled office cleaning has taken on a whole new meaning since the coronavirus pandemic.

Office hygiene is important to protect yourself and your colleagues from bacteria, viruses and the illnesses they can cause. It's impossible to eliminate all germs, but arming yourself with knowledge on the importance of regular disinfection, and where to take the fight to bacteria and viruses within the office, will help you in the battle.

So, what is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?

Concentrated disinfectant, such as Zoflora, kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses whilst also removing the bacteria that causes odours. A disinfectant also stops bacteria reproduction on clothes and sponges.


An everyday ‘cleaner’ cannot eliminate germs or bacteria; it removes dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects.  Because cleaners do not kill bacteria, items such cleaning sponges and cloths tend to harvest germs which have the ability to reproduce and spread, and in turn, spread illnesses to you and those around you.

This is why it’s important to use a concentrated disinfectant as part of your regular cleaning routine.

Did you know?

  • It’s estimated that the telephone ear and mouth piece carries up to 1,400 BACTERIA
  • The average office desk is home to 20,000 germs per square inch

What areas of your workplace should be disinfected?

Depending on your office, facility and industry, different areas within your building will have different protocols on if they should be cleaned or cleaned and disinfected.

High-touch points should always be disinfected. Depending on the surface and facility, you may have to disinfect high-touch surfaces several times a day.

High-touch areas include:



Light Switches

Soap Dispensers

Chair Handles

How to Use Zoflora to disinfect your office space

A little goes a long way!

Zoflora is versatile, easy-to-use and should always be in your toolkit when you're taking on germs around the workplace. Just dilute in water at a ratio of 1 in 40 and wipe down the surfaces with a cloth, or use neat for odour elimination and busting bugs down drains, plug holes and toilet bowls.


Whether you spray it, soak it, wipe it or mop it, we've put together some simple usage instructions for a hygienically clean office.

Spray It. Make bacteria busting part of your daily routine and create a handy, easy to use Zoflora trigger spray. Great for the disinfection of surfaces and regularly touched items such as door handles and taps, as well as odour eliminating clean-ups.

Soak It. Use Zoflora straight from the bottle to fight nasty odours caused by bacteria in your drains and plugholes. Or give your toilet bowls an injection of bacteria-busting fragrance and disinfect your toilet brush at the same time. Remember, Zoflora is flammable when not diluted so do not expose it to open flames or apply direct heat.

Wipe It. Tackle surfaces around the office from desks to meeting rooms using a cloth and bucket. For best results, remove heavy soiling first then wipe away the bacteria and viruses to leave the area hygienically clean and smelling fragrant. But remember, Zoflora should not come into contact with polished wood. With soft furnishings always check for colour fastness first.

Mop It From office floors to public bathrooms, Zoflora can be diluted in water and used with a mop on tiles, lino and most other hard flooring.

Visit: https://www.zoflora.co.uk/ for more information on how to best use Zoflora at work.

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