Transitional Deep Cleans: How do we do them and why they are necessary
Upon signing a new cleaning contract with a school, we always start with a ‘transitional deep clean’. This is a major project that we undertake to prepare a site for routine cleaning, especially if some areas were previously missed with prior cleaning services. The project itself can vary depending on the size, cleanliness and time to prepare a site. Usually, a team of around 6 cleaners are assigned to perform a thorough clean in every classroom, office, corridor, hall and bathroom. Employees are assigned in pairs; cleaning everything from blinds and windows, to dusting of shelves and boxes; removing sticky residue; scrubbing chairs and tables as well as carpet and floor cleaning if required. It is a difficult but extremely rewarding project to work on and the before and after images (as seen on our blog posts like this one : click here) perfectly reflect the transformation that had occurred.
But why are such projects necessary?
In our eyes, hiring a new cleaning service without a deep clean is like writing on a whiteboard that is already covered in text. It is still possible, but can be more difficult. Instead, a ‘clean slate’ approach is advisable where new routine cleaning can begin from a clean, hygienic environment- without prior build up of dust and dirt.It also allows cleaners to get to know the location they will be working at more thoroughly. During a deep clean, cleaners can spot: areas that may normally be missed, items that collect the most dust and dirt or items that appear to be frequently used. This allows them to apply what they have found at the deep clean to their routine cleaning- offering a more thorough and efficient service and staff and students can really see the difference that the new cleaning is making.
With some cases, it’s just much simpler to do a deep clean before routine cleaning begins as projects such as carpet cleans are very time consuming and best to do when staff and students aren’t present to minimise the risk and disruption for them.