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Deep Cleaning Vs Regular Cleaning For Your London Office

27 March 2024

Deep Cleaning Vs Regular Cleaning For Your London Office

In this guide we’ll explore the main differences between regular and deep cleaning for a typical London office.


During the height of COVID-19, many predicted a sharp decline in the number of London offices, as businesses maintained productivity through the remote working period.


However, while many companies no longer expect staff to come in five days a week, most continue to encourage employees to work in their offices as often as possible. Some staff work better when surrounded by colleagues, there are types of projects that are more efficient to manage in-person, and so on.


In fact, investment in new London offices returned to pre-pandemic levels back in 2022, with more than £11bn spent the previous year according to CBRE data reported in City A.M.


Naturally, all these offices require cleaning – not just to encourage staff to attend, but to ensure their health and safety first and foremost. But what is a deep clean exactly?


And should you be looking into a regular or deep cleaning service? Let’s take a look at the key differences of deep cleaning vs regular cleaning.


What is deep cleaning?


In addition to the usual procedures, deep cleaning focuses on all the areas in an office that don’t receive attention during regular cleaning. Therefore, it’s a much more extensive process than regular cleaning.


Deep cleaning requires much more work and time to make sure every nook and cranny is completely sanitised. Similar to a deep house cleaning, in your office, a specialist team of cleaners use advanced cleaning equipment, cleaning solutions and sophisticated techniques that go beyond ordinary processes.


A deep clean helps remove any ingrained dirt, bacteria or germs in an office’s hard-to-reach areas, achieving an outstanding level of cleanliness. 


In contrast, what does a regular clean involve?


More regular cleaning is very important when you have a frequently used office, because dirt and also germs will build up quickly and continuously. 


The objective is to maintain a high level of cleanliness that creates a strong first impression to clients and visitors, but also satisfies the staff that work on-site more regularly. 


Typical activities of regular cleaning include:


  • Emptying all bins and replacing their liners
  • Dusting and wiping tables, desks, chairs and other furniture
  • Vacuuming or mopping floors
  • Polishing mirrors and using glass cleaner
  • Cleaning bathrooms
  • Cleaning the kitchen
  • Sanitising and disinfecting surfaces
  • Using a vacuum cleaner
  • And more


Regular cleaning includes the general tasks for a hygienic, tidy and organised working environment in your office on a daily basis. Here is a comprehensive office cleaning checklist including a deep cleaning checklist.


What does a deep clean include?


Deep cleaning is a more thorough cleaning because it tackles the areas needing attention after a longer period of time. It takes longer, requires more equipment and cleaning supplies and involves moving more things around to reach every hidden area of the office.


For example, in addition to regular activities, deep cleaning can involve:


  • Cleaning under and behind furniture
  • Cleaning behind office appliances
  • Unclogging drains and pipes
  • Cleaning walls to remove marks
  • Cleaning door and window frames
  • Wiping down skirting boards
  • Disinfecting light switches and door handles
  • Descaling taps
  • Disinfecting microwaves and fridges
  • Oven cleaning
  • Window cleaning
  • Washing carpets
  • Cleaning air vents and ceiling fans
  • Cleaning light fixtures
  • Dusting all surfaces
  • And more


The specific deep cleaning requirements will depend on your precise office layout, features and requirements. When thinking about how to optimise your office space planning, also think about things like ventilation and indoor air quality or implementing a clear desk policy.


Beyond keeping your office a safe and fully sanitised place to work, find out how to boost employee productivity with a clean office too.


How often does my office need deep cleaning?


How often your office requires a deep clean depends on several factors, such as how many people use it and what the different spaces are used for.


For example, some offices schedule a deep clean for once a month. The majority of our customers used our monthly misting programme during COVID-19.


Other offices commission deep cleaning less often. By using a daily office cleaning service, they’re covering the essentials – such as the bathrooms, bins, desks, chairs, floors, and so on.


Then again, some of our daily office cleaning services in London include deep cleans and sanitisation, as well as specialist floor cleaning.


It’s also a good idea to schedule an ad hoc deep spring cleaning after certain events or circumstances, beyond any fixed schedule.


We hope you’ve found this guide useful. For other guides, check out our blog – recently we’ve covered how to manage suppliers as well as some suggestion box ideas for the office.


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Are there any office deep cleaning services near me?


For a professional deep cleaning service in London, look no further than Think FM.


With more than 20 years of experience, we have received outstanding reviews and have a superb client retention record.


We run a 24/7 service, so you don’t need to worry about our staff getting in the way of your business activities.


In short, we do what we say we’re going to do and our management team checks in regularly on all commercial cleaning contracts.


For more information about our deep clean service or other services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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