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What’s the Difference Between a Janitorial Team and a Deep Cleaning Team?

You already have a janitorial crew, so why would you need additional deep cleaning services for your commercial property? Janitorial can handle all of the cleaning needs, right?

The idea that we should view janitorial crews and commercial deep cleaning teams as opposing forces is a misconception. In reality, both teams have unique strengths and tasks that are essential for maintaining the longevity of your commercial property's assets.

Many commercial property owners assume that a daily cleaning crew is sufficient for all their cleaning needs. However, this is not the case. Hiring a commercial deep cleaning team in addition to your janitorial crew can save you money in the long run.

The reason for this is simple: replacing your commercial floors, fabrics, furnishings, and surfaces is much more expensive than having them deep cleaned on a regular basis.

By working together, your janitorial crew and deep cleaning specialists can help extend the life of your assets and prevent the need for costly replacements.

At Corporate Care, our deep cleaning specialists not only help extend the life of your assets but also support your nightly janitorial crew in carrying out their tasks more efficiently.

So, what exactly is the difference between a janitorial crew and a commercial deep cleaning crew? And how can having both on your team benefit your business or commercial organization? Keep reading to find out.

Key differences between janitorial & deep cleaning teams

While janitorial crews and deep cleaning professionals are both responsible for cleaning your commercial property, they provide two very different services. Here are the main differences between janitorial and commercial deep cleaning teams.

Cleaning frequency

Janitorial crew: A janitorial team typically performs more “basic” daily cleaning duties, such as vacuuming, mopping, and cleaning bathrooms.

Deep cleaning team: A professional deep cleaning team generally provides more intensive cleaning tasks on a less frequent basis, such as deep cleaning carpets, upholstery, and other surfaces.

Level of detail

Janitorial crew: A janitorial team has limited time to clean the 5-8,000 sq ft area assigned to them, so they tend to perform basic cleaning tasks, like spot cleaning, dusting, and damp mopping floors to maintain a clean appearance.

Deep cleaning team: In contrast, a professional deep cleaning team like Corporate Care performs a more thorough cleaning and stain removal from your floors and fabrics using specialized cleaning equipment, supplies, and techniques.

Training & expertise

Janitorial crew: A janitorial team may have limited training and expertise in specific cleaning tasks, like how to restore a tile floor, remove stains from bathroom grout, and add a long-lasting protective coating to wood floors, exposed concrete, or lobby tile.

Deep cleaning team: A professional deep cleaning team is composed of highly tenured, trained, and experienced professionals equipped to handle a wider range of specialist cleaning tasks. They understand the nuances of each surface type, what it needs (and doesn’t) to keep it looking great, and maintain the manufacturer's warranty.

At Corporate Care, for example, our on-staff IICRC® instructor ensures our IICRC®-certified technicians are trained and experienced in the correct cleaning techniques to care for your surfaces.

Equipment & supplies

Janitorial crew: A janitorial team typically has basic cleaning equipment and a limited selection of cleaning chemicals on site to do their jobs.

Deep cleaning team: A commercial deep cleaning specialist team have a vast toolbox of specialized equipment, such as steam cleaners, industrial buffers, pressure washers, and protective coatings, to keep your assets in top condition.

To summarize

Janitorial crews do a great job of the daily and nightly cleaning responsibilities to maintain the appearance of your commercial property but have limited time, staff, training, and budget to go beyond the basics.

Deep cleaning teams are professionals who are experts in surface care and provide more thorough, restorative cleaning services to improve the appearance, performance, and longevity of each surface.

Unlike janitorial crews, a deep cleaning team services your building on a periodic basis or as needed. They may cost a bit more per hour, but you need them less often. They are completing very specific deep cleaning tasks that help make your floors easier to clean and keep clean.

Having a deep cleaning team ensures your floors, fabrics, and finishes reach their maximum lifespan, so you need to pay for fewer replacements. This means less disruptions due to replacements and less construction debris ending up in the landfill.

Over time, bolstering your janitorial crew with a specialist deep cleaning team can result in many cost savings for your business and even offset the cost of your deep cleaning team over time.

Like what you’re learning? Check out our other blog, “5 Signs Your Carpet Isn't as Clean as You Think,” to learn more!

What does a deep cleaning team do that a janitorial team does not do?

Our professional deep cleaning teams carry out a number of tasks that your nightly janitorial crew typically doesn’t touch. Here are the three key things we do that your janitorial team does not.

1. Thorough floor & fabric deep cleaning

Deep cleaning professionals provide a more thorough cleaning of surfaces such as carpets, furniture, and hard floors, using specialized equipment and techniques. This may involve removing tough stains, deep cleaning grout and tiles, and using steam cleaners to sanitize surfaces.

2. Surface restoration

Thinking that it is time to replace? Deep cleaning professionals, like Corporate Care, can often restore your surface and extend its life. With average care, carpet can last 5-7 years. With a deep cleaning regime and periodic maintenance, it can last twice that or more. Restroom grout can become so soiled that the damage appears irreversible. A deep cleaning specialty company can make your tile look brand new. Before replacing your floors, furniture, or fabric walls, talk to a restoration specialist to see if your surface can be revitalized.

3. Specialized remediation services

Our deep cleaning team also performs more specialized cleaning tasks, such as removing soot from a fire, cleaning air ducts, removing scuff marks and graffiti, emergency water remediation from a flood or leak, and cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting your building during cold season or after a pathogen outbreak.

Why do you need both a janitorial team and a deep cleaning team?

So, can you just replace your janitorial team with a once-off deep cleaning? No, you cannot. For optimal results, it’s best to use a deep cleaning company to support your janitorial crew rather than replace them.

Here are the reasons why you need both a janitorial and deep cleaning team for your commercial property.

Increased efficiency

Deep cleaning your floors and fabrics, and adding protective coatings where appropriate decrease the amount of work your janitorial crew has to do to keep your commercial property looking amazing. They can simply perform regular maintenance, often with green cleaners and a simple microfiber mop, to keep everything looking fresh – increasing efficiency.

Think of it like getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist. You’ll do this once every six months and maintain your teeth’s hygiene and appearance at home with regular oral care.


By dividing tasks between a janitorial team and a deep cleaning team, you can achieve a high level of cleanliness and hygiene for your commercial property at a lower cost than if a single team were to perform all the cleaning tasks. Each team does what they are best at and doesn’t go beyond its core competency, which is where errors and damage happens.

Additionally, having both a janitorial team and a deep cleaning team working together will ensure your commercial assets last longer and stay out of the landfill, minimizing the cost of replacements.

Specialist solutions

A professional deep cleaning team has the specialized expertise and equipment to handle tasks that your janitorial team may not be equipped to handle, such as removing tough stains or restoring the shine on your terrazzo, exposed concrete, and tile floors.

Improved hygiene

A deep cleaning team can help improve the overall hygiene of your commercial property by removing dirt, dust, pathogens, and allergens that have accumulated over time, reducing the risk of illnesses and allergies for your employees or guests.

Corporate Care keeps your floors, fabrics, and finishes looking fabulous for longer!

As we hope you now understand, hiring a deep cleaning team to support your nightly janitorial crews is the way to go! And there’s no better deep cleaning company for commercial properties than Corporate Care.

Our company exists to improve the appearance, performance, and longevity of every surface in the buildings you manage. We have zero interest in your replacing anything, we want to make what you have, look great and last as long as possible.

At Corporate Care, we’re true surface care experts who understand the unique conditions and cleaning protocols every surface needs (or doesn’t) to look amazing, comply with manufacturer warranties, and stand the test of time.

We’re here to support your existing janitorial crew with cadenced deep restorative cleaning and tailored maintenance protocols – performed by our highly trained IICRC®-certified cleaning technicians.

Talk to us today about developing a flexible deep cleaning program to meet the changing needs of your facility.


About Corporate Care – A sustainability company

Corporate Care exists to improve the appearance, performance, and longevity of every surface in the commercial buildings you manage – reducing capital expenditures, stress, and management burden on facility managers from coast to coast.

As true surface care experts, we understand the unique properties and cleaning protocols every surface needs (or doesn’t) to look amazing and comply with manufacturer warranties. We’re here to support your existing janitorial crew with cadenced deep restorative cleaning and tailored maintenance protocols – performed by IICRC®-certified cleaning technicians.

We are firm believers in restoration over replacement. Let’s reduce waste together!