Standard Cleaning vs. Deep Cleaning – What’s the Difference?

Nov 20, 2020
Standard Cleaning vs. Deep Cleaning – What’s the Difference?

Now more than ever, commercial property managers and owners need to have their facilities deep cleaned by professionals. Eliminating any potentially contaminated areas or surfaces inside your business premises protects both your employees and your customers from the threat of COVID-19. 

There is, however, a significant sticking point for many owners and managers: what is the actual difference between standard commercial cleaning services and deep cleaning from a professional commercial cleaning service? Let’s take a look at what is typically covered under each type of service, and highlight the benefits of a deep cleaning over a standard cleaning.

Standard Commercial Cleaning: What’s included?

Most standard office or other commercial property cleaning services include the following:

-Furniture

General dusting and a quick wipe down with cleaning wipes is the typical procedure for standard furniture cleaning. Spills on tables and desks will be cleaned up as needed, but any kind of upholstery work or heavy-duty stain removal is generally not included.

-Floors

Vacuuming carpeted areas and mopping floors are included by most commercial cleaners, and there may be some basic stain removal services as needed for an additional fee. Overall though, standard cleaning isn’t going to involve moving furniture and getting the flooring as clean as possible.

-Restrooms

Basic sanitation of toilets and urinals is usually included, as well as wiping down sinks and mirrors with basic antibacterial cleaner. As for descaling any surfaces or stain removal, it is unlikely to be a standard service. Additionally, any floor cleaning will be basic mopping with regular floor cleaner.

-Doorways/Windows

A quick wipe down with standard surface cleaner is the most you can expect with standard cleaning. Standard glass cleaning on doors is included, but if you need full-size storefront windows cleaned you can expect it to be an additional service charge. More importantly though, none of these included services is likely to be using antibacterial cleaners, disinfectant or sanitizer.

-Equipment

Computers, copiers, telephones and monitors are probably not going to get anything other than a quick dusting to keep them looking nice. No disinfecting or sanitizing wipe down means that germs and bacteria will remain on all surfaces. Unless your workers do their own disinfecting and sanitizing, they will be working constantly with contaminated equipment. 

-Break Rooms/Kitchenette

General surface cleaning with standard kitchen surface cleaner is what most commercial cleaning services offer for shared spaces. Cleaning out the microwave, refrigerator and other appliances is definitely going to be an additional service charge, too.

-Office Waste

Emptying trash cans is an important part of keeping an office space clean and organized, and most commercial cleaners offer this as a basic service. If said trash cans aren’t being disinfected and sanitized regularly though, they become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria that can spread illness and create unpleasant odors that permeate the workplace.

Deep Cleaning for Commercial Spaces: What’s The Difference?

Ordering a deep cleaning for your commercial space may be more expensive than engaging standard commercial cleaning services, but it can significantly improve the work environment and help protect both your customers and your employees. Here the most significant benefits of a commercial deep cleaning:

-Furniture

All surfaces of every piece of furniture in the building will be cleaned, disinfected and sanitized using CDC-recommended disinfectant and sanitizer. Electrostatic sprayers are the most common application method, and they are usually used after all surfaces have been wiped down with an antibacterial surface cleaner. Additionally, any upholstery will be steam cleaned to remove any stains and deep set contaminants from the padding and fabric covers. 

-Floors

For waxed floors, a deep cleaning involves stripping and refinishing the floor completely. Hard flooring surfaces will be swept, mopped and steam cleaned before sanitization. Carpets will be vacuumed, then shampooed and steam cleaned to remove any contaminants, allergens,  bacteria or fungi.

-Restrooms

A diluted acid wash of all floors, ceramics and plumbing fixtures removes scaling and stains on all surfaces. Thorough disinfection and sanitization protocols are integral to a deep clean, as they can ensure that all high touch plastic and metal fixtures like soap dispensers, paper towel holders and door handles are free of germs and bacteria. 

-Doorways/Windows

Instead of a quick wipe down, any dirt and grime that has built up on the surfaces of the doors and around the handles. Any dirt or debris that has collected is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria, so it is essential to eliminate it before doors and handles can be properly disinfected and sanitized.

-Air Ducts

Proper deep cleaning of your HVAC system involves more than just exchanging HEPA filters and some vacuuming. A thorough cleaning crew will vacuum and sanitize every inch your facility’s air ducts to ensure that your ventilation system remains free of obstructions that could cause germs, bacteria or mold to accumulate.

-Equipment

All keyboards, monitors, copiers, mice, printers and other high traffic devices are cleaned, disinfected and sanitized while disconnected from power. Keyboards will be vacuumed to remove any dirt and debris, and cooling fans will be vacuumed to remove accumulated dust and dirt. 

-Break Rooms/Kitchenette

The microwave, refrigerator and all appliances will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before sanitization. Tile floors will be stripped and rewaxed, and all surfaces will be cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized with an electrostatic air sprayer. Any furniture will receive the same deep cleaning protocols.

-Office Waste

In addition to emptying trash bags, every trash can, waste and recycling bin will be bleached and scrubbed before it is treated with sanitizer. 

Does your commercial space or office need a deep cleaning? Dallas Janitorial Services provides superior deep cleaning designed specifically to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We also provide standard commercial cleaning that will help you maintain the highest level of sanitization for your customers and employees. Contact us today for more information.

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