Author: Lisa Hill | Last Updated: May 2023
Now that the majority of us have returned to regularly attending offices, pubs and restaurants; more thorough cleans are required; commercial cleaning is, therefore, a service that is seeing an increase in demand. In this article, we answer all of your frequently asked questions on all things commercial cleaning.
What is considered commercial cleaning?
The scope of commercial cleaning includes floors, walls, furniture, lighting, ceilings, windows, and dining and kitchen areas; they often require specialist tools and methods.
What’s the difference between domestic and commercial cleaning?
Domestic cleaning services are for smaller areas and would include familiar tasks like hoovering, cleaning baths and showers, dusting and basic sanitation.
What does a commercial cleaner do?
A commercial cleaner is a person or company that provides cleaning services to commercial businesses. They can be hired for one-off cleans or they can do daily, weekly or monthly cleans for contracted clients. Their tasks can include:
- Regular tasks such as cleaning toilets, desks, carpets, and surfaces. They will also take care of removing rubbish bins, refilling toilet rolls etc.
- Monthly tasks including emptying out communal fridges, cleaning appliances, windows etc.
Commercial Floor Cleaning methods
Commercial floor cleaners utilise a range of specialised methods to clean flooring in commercial properties. The methods are divided into two categories: wet and dry.
Some of the wet methods include steam cleaning, which uses high-temperature steam to remove oil and dirt, and deep extraction, which is a method used in carpet and fabric cleaning. Steam cleaning technology has proved successful for office deep cleans as it destroys bacteria and viruses by breaking down their proteins. This provides businesses with superior sanitisation and sterilisation services. There are also various floor maintenance methods which are used for cleaning and maintaining tiled floors.
In the dry cleaning methods, commercial cleaners use encapsulation, which is where a deep-cleaning compound spreads over the carpet, dissolves into the run and absorbs dust and dirt before crystallising, as well as rotowash, which is a tool with rotating brushes that lift off dirt and suck it into a vacuum.
Make no mistake, however, these methods must always be carried out by a trained professional with the proper equipment. For example, commercial vacuum cleaners are required for the heavy-duty needs of office buildings and other indoor public places. Pressure washers are also used to clean building entrances, brickwork and sidewalks. The highly pressurised water jets are able to break down and blast away dirt, mould and other contaminants.
Specialist commercial cleaning
There are a few different types of specialist commercial cleaning. These include:
Covid commercial cleaning
In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, there is a specially designed deep clean method to tackle safety in the workplace. This is a deep cleaning service that is suitable for all types of commercial premises from office spaces, schools and restaurants to industrial and warehouse or storage units and can include misting.
Certain premises require the removal of hazardous materials. This can include things like needles in doctor’s offices, nuclear waste at a power plant, and biohazards from labs. It’s important that these premises have professional and highly trained commercial cleaners in place to properly dispose of any dangerous substances or materials.
Deep carpet cleaning
Another specialist commercial cleaning service is deep carpet cleaning; this involves cleaning the carpet below the exterior to remove dirt, marks and smells. This is a more intense clean than standard carpet cleaning with spray bottles.
At Spotless, our carpet cleaning uses the highly effective Hot Water Extraction technique. We have been using this method of carpet cleaning for over 10 years and find it gives the most effective results for office and commercial carpet cleaning spaces usually stained from high traffic and drink spillages. The machines use high pressure to push hot water and chemicals into the stained fabric to dislodge the dirt particles. At the same time, the machine is extracting around 95% of the moisture back into the machine, along with the dirt.
Hard floor cleaning
Hard floors such as concrete, vinyl, stone, wood and tiles can also be deep cleaned using a range of machines. The cleaning service is great for end-of-lease, handovers, as a maintenance measure for health and safety, or just a one-off for visiting clients or auditors.
How much does commercial cleaning cost?
The cost of a commercial clean will vary depending on the type of cleaning required, the frequency of the clean and the size of the premises. Bespoke quotes can be given based on the information provided.