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Difference between commercial cleaning and janitorial services

All companies must maintain a spotless environment within their buildings, shops, warehouses and other facilities as it positively affects both employee and customer satisfaction. Unsanitary workplaces can negatively impact potential clients and hurt a company’s reputation. Additionally, studies have shown that a clean workplace increases productivity and employee morale.

Businesses can either employ an in-house cleaning team or a professional cleaning service like IWESCO. “Commercial cleaning” and “janitorial services” are two different things that a lot of people erroneously believe to be synonymous.


What is commercial cleaning?

This involves major cleaning tasks that only need to be done a few times per year. A commercial cleaning service will perform more than just vacuuming and mopping. They will provide complete sanitisation, disinfection, hygiene and even pest control services. The continuous well-being of employees and the safety of customers rely on these intensive cleaning processes.

While many companies only employ a commercial cleaning service once, they can also be contracted to return a few times annually. These jobs may involve cleaning carpets, large surfaces, windows, tile and grout, power washing, fogging, disinfection and more, but they all call for specialised equipment and knowledge.


What is a janitorial service?

A janitorial service is more basic. It involves regular cleaning tasks like sweeping, mopping, vacuuming and dusting, which can be performed daily or weekly. These duties are just as important as those associated with commercial cleaning, but they require basic equipment and understanding.

In-house cleaning teams commonly handle janitorial duties, but if your office or warehouse is large, a professional cleaning service may be necessary. The maintenance of the premises and day-to-day cleanliness depend on these jobs. They have the power to positively or negatively impact both employees’ happiness and customers’ first impressions of the company.

Cleaning the restrooms, kitchen, canteen, sweeping the floors, mopping the tiles, wiping mirrors, vacuuming the carpets, dusting the shelves and window blinds, and taking out the rubbish bins are all examples of janitorial duties.


How to decide between commercial cleaning or janitorial services?

For complete cleanliness and hygiene, every company should employ both cleaning services. Janitorial services provide quick results on a daily basis, while commercial cleaning services provide expert results that last a long time. The best solution, when it comes to specialised cleaning, is a contract cleaner.

Throughout South Africa, IWESCO offers a range of commercial cleaning services. They are able to provide once-off cleaning or regular contract services for any business. As a one-stop solution for all business needs, they also offer additional services including waste control, hygiene, pest control and garden maintenance.

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Written by Taryn Hill

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