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Commercial Cleaning Guide

Author: Lisa Hill | Last Updated: November 2021

As people return to offices, pubs and restaurants and more thorough cleans are required, commercial cleaning is 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?

Commercial cleaning is the routine and general cleaning of any commercial premise. This can include the cleaning of hotels, shops, restaurants, pubs, offices, warehouses and more.

The scope of commercial cleaning includes floors, walls, furniture, lighting, ceilings, windows, dining and kitchen areas, and often requires specialist tools and methods.

What’s the difference between domestic and commercial cleaning?

Commercial cleaning is done on business premises like hotels, offices, and warehouses, whereas domestic cleaning is carried out in residential environments.

Domestic cleaning services are for smaller areas and would include familiar tasks like hoovering, cleaning baths and showers, dusting and basic sanitation. On the other hand, commercial cleaning services are used for larger spaces and venues like businesses and factories.

What does a commercial cleaner do?

A commercial cleaner is the 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, surfaces,. They will also take care of removing rubbish bins, refilling toilet rolls etc..
  • Monthly tasks like emptying out communal fridges, cleaning appliances, windows etc..

Commercial cleaners also cover a wider range of specialised cleaning services that include: office deep cleaning, deep carpet cleaning, commercial office cleaning, medical and healthcare cleaning, commercial carpet cleaning and hard floor cleaning.

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. 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.

Commercial cleaners will also use specialist 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, mold and other contaminants.

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.

Specialist commercial cleaning

There are a few different types of specialist commercial cleaning. These include:

  • Covid 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 for all types of commercial premises from office spaces, schools and restaurants to industrial and warehouse or storage units and can include misting.

  • Hazardous materials

Certain premises require the removal of hazardous materials. This can include things like needles in doctor’s offices, nuclear waste at a power plant, 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 drinks 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.

If you’d like to know more about our commercial cleaning services, you can request a quote or get in touch with one of our team today.