• Cleaning (also called sanitizing) is the first step in infection control.
  • Cleaning (also called sanitizing) is the removal of visible or surface debris from an object or surface. No pathogens (germs) are destroyed, they are simply removed.
  • Examples of cleaning (sanitizing):
    * Washing with warm, soapy water.
    * Using a chemical cleaner (Ship-Shape) to remove hair product residue.
    * Prepares item for disinfection (Step #2).