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June 2018

Fact or fiction: Deep cleaning myths [series]

Written by Nicole Horne
Cleanliness and Hygiene

Possibly one of the most debated topics involving cleaning is deep cleaning (also referred to as “Ablution Hygiene Treatment”), a subject which receives a great deal of interest and speculation.

In light of this we have put a list together of the top deep cleaning myths and how deep cleaning differs to general daily cleaning activities.

Myth 1: Deep cleaning is similar to regular cleaning

Even though both of these activities involve a form of “cleaning”, the methods, application, skillset and product preparations differ greatly.

The resident daily cleaners on site play an important role in providing visible cleaning solutions. They ensure surfaces and floors are cleaned, paying particular attention to areas that contain dust, litter and dirt. 

Deep cleaning, however, is a specialised hygiene service that requires specific skills, formal application methods and products that achieve hygienic results. A deep cleaning service focuses on eliminating encrusted scale, dirt and grime, and other bodily waste products found in deep recesses, flushing rims, and outlets (in hard-to-reach areas) which are the main causes of bacteria growth and malodours.

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Myth 2: The cleaning products used in deep cleaning are the same as the cleaning products that your daily cleaners use

Initial’s deep cleaning preparations make use of bacterial cleaning agents:

The deep cleaning products that Initial utilises are biological preparations that contain live, beneficial bacteria that consume odour causing bacteria. 

  • These bacterial cleaning agents have a residual efficacy, meaning that they keep working by spreading friendly bacteria through the system for at least two weeks.
  • Bacterial cleaners are better for the environment as they are biodegradable.
  • Biological products are highly effective in removing scale and organic build up without risk to the user, the facility and/or the environment 
  • These preparations do not have a damaging effect on surfaces. 

Traditional cleaning products utilise chemical cleaning agents:

  • Traditional degreasers are highly alkaline, which is harmful to skin
  • Traditional descalers are highly acidic. This is both damaging to skin and stainless steel.
  • Over time, chemical cleaning agents cause damage to chrome, porcelain, and plastic fittings, as well as shorten the lifespan of equipment and surfaces.
  • Chemical cleaners do not kill bacteria and yeast.
  • Chemical cleaning products have no residual effect. As soon as a user has flushed, the effect of the chemicals is negated and there is the risk of bacterial growth, odour and cross contamination. 

Recommended blog post: The dangers of harsh chemicals, and why we clean with bacteria

Myth 3: Regular cleaning is more cost effective than deep cleaning

The biological preparations used in deep cleaning result in bigger savings than chemical cleaning agents:

  • Deep cleaning services cause minimal disruption to colleagues and staff. The efficacy of bacterial cleaning agents allow for a speedier turnaround time, meaning facilities are out of use for a shorter time period.
  • Non-caustic preparations are both skin and surface friendly, meaning minimal rinsing is required. This results in a significant reduction in the water usage on site.
  • Standard chemical cleaning agents require extensive rinsing to prevent skin burns which may be overlooked.
  • By making use of a deep cleaning service, the risk of cross-infection is greatly reduced, meaning a reduction in employee absenteeism levels and an improvement in overall productivity levels in the workplace.

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Deep cleaning Versus General Cleaning

Neither of these activities should not be viewed in isolation. Daily cleaning and deep cleaning services complement each other in both the short and long term.

Your daily cleaners are responsible for your regular surface cleaning on a day to day basis, ensuring the cleanliness and presentability of your bathroom facilities, whilst deep cleaning treatments focus on sanitising areas out of reach to your daily cleaners. This is to prevent the growth of bacteria that cause odours, as well as cross infection that can lead to diarrhoea, urinary tract infections, vaginal thrush and the common cold, to mention a few.

The frequency of deep cleaning services will depend on the premises size, daily cleaning routine, user profile and number of staff, to mention several factors. On average, it is recommended that a deep cleaning services should take place every quarter, but it can vary between monthly services in extreme circumstances, to bi-annual services in less frequented spaces.

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Nicole Horne

Nicole Horne

Nicole is a Digital Marketing Executive at Rentokil Initial Hygiene in Johannesburg. A self-proclaimed germaphobe, her love for hygienic environments and curiosity of all things “beneath the surface” fuels her enthusiasm for writing about the impact of germs in the workplace. She is passionate about creating awareness and sharing her knowledge on the impact of good hygiene practices. Follow Nicole on Twitter and LinkedIn for updates on the the good, the bad and the germy.

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