What is the difference between cleaning and disinfection for hygienic Cannabis cultivation?

Cleaning and disinfection are of great importance for hygienic Cannabis cultivation. It’s the only way to prevent diseases, bacteria and pests, and to prevent infection of crops. Cleaning and disinfection are therefore necessary parts for Cannabis crop and production quality. 

What is the difference between cleaning and disinfection for hygienic Cannabis cultivation?


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How humidity builds up in Cannabis greenhouses and indoor cannabis cultivation
There are several reasons humidity builds up in a grow room. The two leading factors are transpiration and temperature. Active, living plants transpire water vapor as part of their physiological activity. In a closed environment, this vapor rapidly builds up in the air and may quickly reach saturation. The relative humidity is a factor of both the amount of water vapor in the air and temperature. At lower temperatures, the air can hold less vapor. This drives the relative humidity up. Even a short drop in temperature can cause humidity spikes. When relative humidity reaches 100%, water begins to condense on cooler surfaces, such as railings, pipes or even the plants themselves. 


What is cleaning? 
Cleaning is the removal of dirt such as dust, dirt or grease. For this, you use a cleaning agent. Cleaning does not kill microorganisms.

What is disinfection? 
Disinfection is killing, inactivating or removing pathogenic organisms, such as bacteria and viruses. By combating the microorganisms, they cannot spread further. Disinfection should be done immediately after cleaning a surface.

First cleaning, then disinfecting 
For optimal hygiene, ensure you first clean the material or surface to be cleaned with a cleaning product. This will remove dirt and grease. By removing this dirt and grease layer, you can properly reach the bacteria, molds and germs that are found underneath with the disinfection product. The second step is disinfecting. You can remove stubborn bacteria, molds and germs with a disinfecting product. A cleaning product will not do this. A surface may look clean after using a cleaning product, but it isn’t always so!

Decision aid 
To choose the appropriate cleaning or disinfecting product you can utilize the decision aid. Decide if you are cleaning or disinfecting and click to view the various cleaning and disinfecting products.


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