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Residential v.s. Commercial Cleaning: What’s the Difference?

Posted On: May 27th, 2019 Author: Stephen Matthews

This guide will show you exactly the difference between residential and commercial cleaning by Clean Group.   Let’s get started.

 

For most people, “residential” and “commercial” cleaning can be used interchangeably. They think that either type of cleaning service can be applied to both homes and commercial establishments. However, although both pertain to cleaning, they are two entirely different kinds of services. Today, we’ll try to break down differences to help you understand the two, often confused terms.

 

Target Clients and Property Type

As the word implies, residential cleaning caters to places where families reside. Commercial cleaning, on the other hand, caters to any establishment where a business is conducted. These may be offices, shops and stores, schools, medical facilities, warehouses and more. The former is hired by homeowners, while the latter is hired by business owners.

Rates and Billing Options

Rates for residential cleaning services are mostly based on the amount of work required. The more chores the cleaners need to do, the higher the bill the client has to pay. Moreover, residential cleaning services are commonly billed on the same day the service is rendered. That means the client has to pay right after the work is done.

Conversely, commercial cleaning services offer more flexible billing options. Not only that but they are also offered in packages. Depending on their needs, clients can avail cleaning packages for routine cleaning or specialised cleaning services. Clients can be billed either monthly, weekly or yearly depending on their agreement with their cleaning service provider.

Timing and Schedule

When it comes to cleaning schedules, residential cleaning follows a more rigid schedule. While the cleaners can clean with or without the presence of the homeowners, they can only work in the morning. It will not be possible for them to perform their cleaning tasks while the entire family is sleeping at night.

Commercial cleaning, however, allows nighttime cleaning. In fact, it is the most ideal cleaning schedule since the staff aren’t around at night. The cleaners will, then, be able to complete their work quickly and efficiently without disrupting the company’s daily operation.

Space Covered

Residential cleaners clean areas that can only be found in homes. These include the living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms. Because of this, residential cleaning usually covers a smaller area than its commercial counterpart.

Commercial cleaners, on the other hand, has to cover much bigger spaces. They clean an entire office building, the whole warehouse or all the rooms in a school. Because of this, commercial cleaning is more laborious and takes more time than the latter.

Cleaning Methods

Unlike residential cleaning, which only deals with homes, commercial cleaning requires skills and expertise. It deals with a wide variety of commercial spaces, so commercial cleaners need to be versatile. They should know the different cleaning methods that apply to each kind of property.

Moreover, aside from routine cleaning services, commercial cleaners should also be well-versed in specialised cleaning services. That’s because, delicate items in commercial spaces such as windows, carpets and upholstery, and floors require special care and attention.

 

These major differences between residential and commercial cleaning explain why choosing the right kind of service for your property is a must. If your business needs cleaning, let Clean Group can help you. They are a commercial cleaning company that provides reliable cleaning services to a wide variety of business in Sydney.

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This is Stephen from Clean Group. I work as a full-time commercial cleaning manager and part-time writer with Clean Group - a commercial cleaning company based in Sydney, Australia. I have over 10 years of experience in working with different cleaning companies around Sydney, providing as well as managing office cleaning, carpet cleaning and other commercial cleaning jobs for both households and individuals in Australia. I also share cleaning tips and write about my experience on this website.

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