General Cleaning vs Deep Cleaning: Know The Difference


You may be considering engaging commercial cleaning services for the reason of efficiency in cleaning and assurance of a sanitised and clean space. However, you should know the fine line between regular (general) cleaning and deep cleaning. We will discuss these two types of cleaning, what each type entails, and how often it should be done.

General Cleaning

General cleaning involves the basic cleaning tasks: dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, and more. It is a type of surface cleaning performed more often to maintain the hygiene and cleanliness of an area. General cleaning must be performed every week or two, depending on the size and complexity of your work environment.

Equipment and materials used for general cleaning include, but are not limited to:

  • Broom & dustpan
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Cleaning gloves
  • Mop
  • Cleaning cloths
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Water

Adhering to a regular cleaning schedule can give you the following benefits:

  • You can prevent odours from developing.
  • General cleaning inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria in crucial areas such as the bathroom and the kitchen.
  • Organised rooms imply comfort and order.
  • Every high-foot traffic area gets frequently cleaned.

In addition, here is how general cleaning can personally benefit you and work double time for you. Spring cleaning:

  • Protects your immune system from pollutants that come from uncleaned carpets, furniture, and other surfaces
  • Reduces stress by helping you free yourself from internal mental clutter
  • Helps you lower the risk of developing chronic illness through physical activity
  • Helps boost your productivity by reducing distractions brought about by clutter
  • Encourages a healthier lifestyle

Deep Cleaning

Establishments like offices need at least once-a-year deep cleaning as they can be homes to different germs, viruses, and harmful pathogens even if you maintain a general cleaning routine. Dust and dirt can quickly accumulate even with adherence to regular cleaning tasks. Hence, the need for deep cleaning. It may include:

  • Window cleaning (both internal and external)
  • Steam carpet cleaning
  • Washing of walls
  • Cleaning office chairs, air vents, refrigerators, and microwave ovens
  • Floor scrubbing
  • Wiping the tops and insides of cabinets
  • Thorough cleaning of upholstered office partitions


Here are some valuable tips if you want to perform a deep clean without the presence of professional commercial cleaners.

Prepare the area to be cleaned by removing as much clutter (including the furniture) as possible.
It will be much easier to move around and access hard-to-reach areas if the space is clutter-free. Temporarily keep them behind closed doors to help you simplify your deep cleaning checklist.

Start high, then go low.

Tackle first hard-to-reach surfaces in this order: the ceiling, the trim, light fixtures (including bulbs), and the skirting/baseboard. A clean microfibre mop or an extendable duster is the most suitable tool for these surfaces. Use warm water mixed with a drop of dish soap on surfaces closer to the floor as they are prone to dirt and dust buildup. For the bathroom, add a dash of white vinegar to the same mixture to prevent the formation of mould and mildew. For spots where the mop is inconvenient, you may use a microfibre cloth; rinse it often and wring thoroughly.

Deep clean your windows.

The payoff of deep cleaning your windows is significant. Firstly, vacuum the window sills and tracks before spritzing the window with glass cleaner. Do it from top to bottom. Squeegee the cleaner off after a minute.
For blinds and shades, all you need to do is vacuum them using the brush attachment. For curtains, instead of laundering and ironing them, you can fluff them in the dryer for a few minutes while wiping off the rod and rings. Then you can hang them back up.

Deep clean the floors and hard-to-reach areas.

To do this, you will have to move the furniture. You can utilise furniture slides to make moving easier. Then, you can use your vacuum’s crevice tool to clean the dirt in the corners and along skirtings or baseboards. Microfibre mop and the appropriate cleaner for the surface must be used on hard floors.

Clean the kitchen appliances.

Pay attention to your daily kitchen appliances like the microwave and coffee maker. These appliances infrequently get the attention they need. You can boil vinegar in the coffee machine to eliminate the water calcium buildup and scrub the sink and other sections of the kitchen. Deodorise your microwave oven by removing the microwave plate and washing it thoroughly. Then, run a bowl with water and half a slice of lemon in the microwave for 5 to 6 minutes. This will leave a fresh smell in your microwave.


Cleaning the workplace can be very tedious, regardless of the type of cleaning. While you can employ spring cleaning techniques to remove some dirt and dust, consider engaging commercial cleaners to ensure the cleanliness and proper hygiene of the work environment. Day&Night Services offer a wide range of cleaning services, from general to deep cleaning. By partnering with us, you can use your time to focus on the core operations of your business.

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