The Complete Guide to Understanding Antimicrobial Cleaning Technology

by Mike Derryberry • July 20, 2021

Antimicrobial Cleaning Products & ServicesIf you work in an office or own commercial real estate, it is natural to have a heightened awareness about keeping your space clean and well-maintained. With so many cleaning products on the market, you may find it overwhelming when looking for cleaning products and supplies online. For example, you may have come across the term antimicrobial cleaner and had no idea what that term meant and whether it could improve the cleanliness of your office space or building. The following guide answers the most commonly asked questions about antimicrobial cleaning technology and explains how your office or commercial building could benefit from using these types of products.

What Does the Word Antimicrobial Actually Mean?

Simply put, an antimicrobial is an agent that kills or prevents the spread of harmful microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses and molds. Antimicrobial products can differ based on how they are made, regulated and their application instructions. Therefore, it is important to evaluate the antimicrobial products used by any commercial cleaning service you hire.

How Do Antimicrobial Cleaning Products Work?

Antimicrobials work at a cellular level to protect the surfaces in your office or commercial building. They damage the protein, cell membrane, DNA and internal systems of a microbe, causing it to die. The goal of antimicrobial cleaning products is to create an environment where microorganisms like bacteria, mold and mildew cannot grow or spread. Antimicrobial cleaning products are great for public spaces and high-risk environments where cross-contamination frequently occurs.

What Is the Difference Between Antimicrobial Cleaners and Disinfectants?

While disinfectants kill microorganisms on contact, they do not provide protection for an extended period. Once a surface is dry, someone in your office could touch that surface and immediately re-contaminate it.

Meanwhile, a surface treated with antimicrobial cleaner will receive protection for an extended period. The antimicrobial cleaner will suppress the growth of microorganisms on a treated surface through the product’s expected life cycle. Many antimicrobial cleaning products are scientifically proven to kill harmful bacteria, viruses and mold for up to 60-90 days.

What Are the Advantages of Using Antimicrobial Cleaning Technology?

It is essential for you to ensure the health and safety of your employees and customers by keeping your facility as clean as possible. The advantages of using antimicrobial cleaning technology when cleaning your office include:
  • Giving your customers and employees additional peace of mind
  • Reducing the need for time-consuming deep cleans
  • Preventing cross-contamination across all high-touch surfaces
  • Killing harmful bacteria and viruses (like COVID-19) for an extended period
  • Helping your business save money that can go towards business operations
  • Longer lasting and more effective than the majority of traditional disinfectants

Are All Antimicrobial Cleaning Products the Same?

No, not all antimicrobial cleaning products are the same. They can differ based on a variety of factors, including how they are made, regulated and their application instructions. It is important to choose the right solutions provider when selecting an antimicrobial cleaner for your office or commercial building. At Compass Cleaning Solutions, our antimicrobial sealer is designed specifically for commercial cleaning and can help your facility remain free of dangerous microorganisms for several weeks or more. The particular product we use has been tested and verified by two independent labs that are members of the Global Virus Network (GVN).

Further Questions About Antimicrobial Cleaning Technology?

If you have further questions about antimicrobial cleaning technology, then please contact us for more information. A customer representative will speak with you and provide you with more information about the science behind our antimicrobial cleaning products.

We can also answer your questions about our long list of commercial cleaning services, including but not limited to office cleaning, business tenant turnover cleaning and more. Give us a call today at 602-606-7900 to request a free quote. You can visit our location page to find the office closest to you.

About the Author

Mike Derryberry is the principal owner and the Chief Visionary Officer of Compass Cleaning Solutions. Since 2004, he and his company have provided personable, professional and conscientious commercial cleaning services to customers throughout the Phoenix Valley and the surrounding areas. He believes strongly in providing CCS franchise owners with a sustainable business model, giving them the tools, training and franchise support they need to build a successful commercial cleaning business and become financially independent.

For over 17 years, Mike has focused on providing the best quality janitorial services for his Phoenix customers. His belief in the culture and people at Compass Cleaning Solutions has given him the motivation to expand the company and secure a unique place in the commercial cleaning industry. He wants each and every customer to have an exceptional customer service experience and has invested heavily in the development of environmentally safe products and practices. His company employs a variety of advanced technologies, including the use of organic cleaning products, microfiber tools and the most advanced cleaning equipment on the market.

Mike is an eager advocate for good leadership practices and believes wholeheartedly that purpose, values and mission are the essential traits for any successful company. His passion for providing ethical and moral leadership has helped Compass Cleaning Solutions become a top-ranked janitorial business in the Phoenix area. The company was awarded the 2020 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics for the Pacific Southwest. The company was also recognized by as one of the Best Office Cleaners in Phoenix for 2021.