How Are Commercial Cleaning Services Different From Residential Cleaning Services?

The main difference between commercial cleaning services and residential cleaning services is that one company works in office buildings, and on commercial properties, while the other companies work in private homes.

There are commercial cleaning services that clean residential homes. Many of the services clean homes after new construction. They get all of the window panes cleaned, they remove debris, and they get the homes ready for their occupants.

Let’s take a look at commercial cleaning services and residential cleaning services:

Commercial Cleaning Services

• They generally come to clean at a time when the business is closed to the public

• Sweep all floors that have tile, wood, ceramic, laminate, or linoleum

• Vacuum carpeted sections

• Replace air freshener cartridges as needed

• Clean the bathrooms throughout the building

• Clean the entrance doors and all glass interior doors

• Mop all floor that have tile, ceramic, linoleum, wood, laminate, or vinyl coverings

• Empty all trash receptacles

• Clean break rooms

• Dust office furniture such as desks, file cabinets, and venetian blinds

• Clean ceiling fans, and may replace air conditioner filters

• Shampoo carpets twice a year or as needed

• Polish tile floors twice a year or as needed

• May change light bulbs in fixtures and do simple maintenance jobs

Residential Cleaning Services

• Wash dishes or load the dishwasher

• Wash clothes

• Sweep and mop all floors that do not have carpet

• Make the beds

• Change sheets when necessary

• Water house plants

• Dust all end tables, book cases, and wooden furniture

• Clean ceiling fans and keep them free of dust

• Scrub bathroom including shower and tub

• Clear mirrors

• Hang up clothing and pick up clutter

• Clean out refrigerators

• Clear kitchen counters

• Empty trash baskets in all rooms

Both cleaning service do many of the same jobs but the commercial services will have more varied jobs because every business is different.

Services that work with mainly residential customers will usually send one person, sometimes two people, to a home to do the work. Services that clean businesses may send several employees to do the work needed.

Services that clean residential homes may not do background checks on their employees, but services that clean businesses will do background checks on their employees, because businesses have more confidential materials to be concerned with.

Businesses have to be more careful about what cleansers they allow the services to use when they clean their spaces than homeowners do. The homeowner only has to worry about chemicals causing reactions in their own family members, while a business owner has all of their employees, and customers to consider.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning Pros and Cons – Hot Water Extraction Vs Encapsulation

Carpet in your commercial office or facility is most often a substantial investment. An investment that requires periodic maintenance, like changing the oil in your car or washing and waxing your car. If you don’t wash and wax your car the condition of the paint will deteriorate much faster. The same is true with the carpet in your facility.

Which method of cleaning is right for your needs? In today’s article I’m going to cover the pros and cons of both Hot Water Extraction and Encapsulation. First we must understand what kind of carpet we are maintaining. Most all commercial carpet manufactured today are a loop construction with a olefin chemical composition. Olefin is an oil based product therefore it is oil attracting. Which sometimes make it a challenge to clean. Fear not with the right maintenance schedule based on the amount of foot traffic will give you a clean looking carpet for years to come. At the end of this article I will give a final recommended cleaning schedule.

Let’s first look a the pros and cons of Hot Water Extraction. Let’s put 1 important point to rest. There is no such thing as “steam cleaning”. There isn’t enough moisture to rinse and flush a carpet pile with “all steam”. Besides there is no commercial carpet cleaning machine or truckmount that has the ability to produce steam only at the wand tip. So,, all wand water based cleaning is hot water extraction. Water boils at 212 degrees at sea level. Yes. There can appear to be a flume of steam coming out of the wand tip when cleaning, although it’s still the same effect when you go out on a cold day breathe hard and see vapor or what appears to be steam coming out of your mouth.

Most commercial equipment will push nearly 200 degrees out the wand tip. That’s Hot! This is one of the cons. Too much hot water extraction tends to deteriorate the carpet backing. It can also create another condition called Dry Rot. Technically Dry Rot isn’t Dry Rot. It’s caused when the carpet is wetted then dried too often. It should be called Wet Rot. Another con is the amount of wet time or the amount of time required to dry. Security issues with the doors being unsecured during cleaning which is normally done after hours. The biggest Pro of the Hot Water Extraction process is it’s ability to flush the carpet pile then extract. Almost a total removal of allergens, dust and soiling. Let’s next discuss Encapsulation. Then we will cover how the two working together will create a nearly perfect maintenance plan for your facility.

Pros and Cons of Encapsulation. First I must briefly describe the encapsulation process. Caution: this encapsulation description is not scientific. It is kept basic so most everyone can easily understand.

Encapsulation: is a specialized solution that’s applied to the carpet by some sort of sprayer. Then it is worked into the pile by some sort of agitation – normally a rotary floor machine with a bonnet or carpet safe scrub pad. The solution surrounds the fiber like carpet protection. While on the fiber, it will repel or release more surface soil. When the carpet is vacuumed it will further pull more soiling from the fiber. Eventually the non soil attracting coating on the fibers break off being sucked into the vacuum. The pros of encapsulation are most spots don’t return – the carpet doesn’t get wet enough to wick, dries fast and carpets stay cleaner longer. It also reduces the chances of Dry Rot and does not damage the carpet backing. It’s a much faster cleaning process. The only con I can see with the encapsulation process is not fully flushing the carpet pile. This is where we marry the two processes for a nearly perfect carpet maintenance schedule. The Carpet & Rug Institute, the leading authority on commercial carpet maintenance suggest that for every 3 to 4 encapsulation processes that 1 hot water extraction process be done. This will lessen the amount of times required for hot water extraction and extend the life and look of your commercial carpets without sacrificing indoor air quality or cleanliness.

Depending on how much traffic goes through your facility usually determines the frequency of cleaning. Frequency could be every other month, quarterly or every 6 months. Having your carpets encapulated will also save you money. Encapsulation is a much less costly process because of its quickness and not running truckmount equipment. I’ve heard of encapsulation cleaning as low as 5 cents per square foot. I haven’t seen a reputable company offering hot water extraction any less than 10 cents per square foot.

Your carpet cleaning professional can give you a better idea of what’s best for your facility. I hope this article helps you make an educated & informed decision on the carpet maintenance for your office or facility.

The Three Phases to Post Construction Cleaning

Post construction cleaning is highly beneficial to general contractors, builders, and property owners. They are commonly outsourced after extensive or wide-spread construction work is completed, such as new construction home building, reroofing, drywall remodels, commercial demolitions, and more. Although these services range from light to full-service cleans, they all involve three particular cleaning stages. Continue reading to learn more about commercial construction site cleanup, and where to find trusted drywall installation services you can trust.

Three Phases to Construction Cleaning

There are three general stages, or phases, to construction site cleaning services. There is an initial cleaning plan, regular construction site cleaning, and post construction cleanups. In each phase, a particular degree of cleaning is facilitated with specific tasks and routines. These routines increase the level of safety on site, as well as, allow better functionality and access for the rest of the construction schedule.

Initial Phase of Construction Site Cleaning

Initial construction site cleanup services are required once the framework of a property is completed. When the plumbers and electricians are done with their part of the new construction, the initial cleaning can begin. In this step, stickers are peeled from windows and removed from all major appliances, leftover trash and debris is swept up and removed, a full service deep-sweep and dusting is carried out, and all other unneeded or leftover garbage is discarded. Once all these tasks are accomplished, the site is ready to take on more preparations and construction, such as flooring installations, painting, fixtures, and cabinets.

Phase Two of Construction Cleaning

In this stage, cleaning staffs will facilitate a more detailed and focused degree of cleaning. This includes very careful and meticulous cleaning for areas such as restrooms, bathrooms, sinks, showers, toilets, cabinets, shelving, countertops, and more. Every square inch is covered, from door frames to window ledges. Settled dust, debris, and dirt are wiped clean and all areas are sanitized thoroughly. This step is almost always intended to be completed before the general contractor’s final inspection of the property.

Final Stage of Post-Construction Cleanup

In the final stage of construction site cleanup, staffs go through a “punch list” once all the construction is completed. This includes all cleaning details to make the property perfect for viewings or grand openings. The punch list involves polishing, caulking, sealing, power washing, and “white glove” inspections. It is the last and final step before the property is completely finished.