In the early part of the 1900s, a woman named Mary Mallon worked in the New York City area for several families. She appeared healthy, yet she was a carrier of a deadly disease and the cause of several serious outbreaks. She’s presumed to have infected 51 people, at least three of whom died. One of the reasons she spread the disease so easily is that she was a cook and didn’t believe in personal hygiene. Today, she’s better known as Typhoid Mary.
While the cleaning equipment you use is inorganic and unlikely to cause such a scenario, the question remains: Should you regularly clean and decontaminate it, especially after cleaning such areas as healthcare facilities or the residence of a hoarder where pathogens exist? What about areas where there was a serious mold contamination problem?