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Commercial cleaning vs janitorial services

All companies must keep their buildings, shops, warehouses and premises clean, as this significantly impacts customer impressions and employee satisfaction. Filthy workspaces are unattractive to prospective customers and can damage a company’s reputation. Studies have also proven that a clean workspace boosts employee morale and productivity.

The options available to businesses are to use an in-house cleaning team or hire a professional cleaning service, like IWESCO. Many people confuse the terms “commercial cleaning” and “janitorial service” - they are not the same. These terms actually describe different types of cleaning services.

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 go beyond simple mopping and vacuuming. They will offer full disinfection, sanitisation, hygiene and even pest control. These deep-cleaning processes are necessary for the ongoing health of employees and the safety of customers.

While many companies hire a commercial cleaning service for a one-time job, they can also be contracted to return a few times per year. These jobs may include carpet cleaning, large surface cleaning, window washing, tile and grout cleaning, power washing, fogging disinfection and more - all of which require specialised equipment and knowledge.

What is a janitorial service?

A janitorial service is more basic. It includes regular cleaning tasks that can be done daily or weekly, such as sweeping, mopping, vacuuming and dusting. These tasks are no less important than commercial cleaning jobs, but they only require basic tools and understanding.

Janitorial tasks are often performed by in-house cleaning teams, however, if your office or warehouse is large, then a professional janitorial service may be required. These jobs are important for the maintenance of the premises and day-to-day cleanliness. They are what can make or break the first impressions of customers or the happiness of employees.

Janitorial tasks include cleaning the toilets, washrooms, kitchen or canteen, sweeping floors, mopping tiles, wiping mirrors, vacuuming the carpets, dusting shelves and window blinds and taking out the rubbish bins.

How to decide between commercial cleaning or janitorial services?

Every company should make use of both cleaning services for complete cleanliness and hygiene. A commercial cleaning service will provide expert results that last a long time, whereas janitorial services provide quick results on a daily basis. When it comes to specialised cleaning requirements, then a contract cleaner is your best solution.

IWESCO offers a range of commercial cleaning services throughout South Africa. We can perform once-off cleaning or regular contract services for any business. In addition, we offer other services, including waste control, hygiene, pest control and garden maintenance as a one-stop solution for all business needs. For more information about our cleaning services or to book an appointment, please contact us today.


IWESCO offers specialised cleaning and waste control services to industrial and commercial customers in South Africa. These services are aimed at minimising our customers’ impact on the environment. Our services also include pest control, garden maintenance, fogging and disinfecting. Our staff are highly trained to offer the most professional services. IWESCO is a Level 2 B-BBEE supplier with ISO 14001 certification for environmental management.

We are a one-stop shop for all your contract cleaning and waste control needs and have a national footprint. Our head office is located in Tshwane but we can provide services to any industrial and commercial client in the major metropolitan areas around South Africa, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Mbombela and more.

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