Recent years have witnessed an increased focus on antibiotic-resistant bacteria, prominently the reporting on MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) incidents in the U.S. This raises questions about its implications for office cleaning.

An understandable query arises: Can the use of surface disinfectants during commercial cleaning, perhaps by companies like Colonial Commercial Cleaning, lead bacteria to develop resistance?

Fortunately, for several reasons, the answer is a resounding “No.” The underlying rationale relates to the distinct operational mechanisms of antibiotics and disinfectants. Infection experts Darrel Hicks and Nicole Kenny elucidate this difference using an analogy: think of it as a key versus a sledgehammer.