The Differences Between Commercial and Industrial Cleaning


Understanding the differences between industrial and commercial cleaning is essential for making informed decisions. Both types of cleaning requires the use of certifications such as ConstructionLine, CSCS, Safe Contractor, and PASMA to ensure safe and efficient cleaning practices.

In this blog, we will look into the between commercial and industrial cleaning, exploring the scope, different settings, frequency, efficiency, and showcasing real-world examples of our work in both sectors. Whether you are looking to maintain a tidy office space or ensure the cleanliness and compliance of industrial machinery, understanding the unique requirements of each type of cleaning is key to achieving optimal results.

What is Commercial Cleaning?

As the name suggests, commercial cleaning is cleaning businesses that are more public facing. Encompassing a wide range of businesses, public areas, and other facilities to maintain cleanliness and hygiene standards.

Commercial cleaners are tasked with a range of cleaning duties, from the routine to the more precise. These may include vacuuming, dusting, washroom cleaning, window cleaning, façade cleaning and rubbish removal. By focusing on these tasks, commercial cleaners help uphold the standards of cleanliness and hygiene that are vital in commercial spaces. As well as ensuring the premises are both presentable and safe for occupants

Scope of Commercial Cleaning

Typically, commercial cleaners cater to office buildings, retail spaces, and other commercial establishments where the presence of customers and staff is common during standard operating hours.

Different Commercial Cleaning Settings

As you can imagine, there are different types of commercial cleaning, each with distinct characteristics and requirements. Here is a list of some of the types of cleans, along with brief descriptions:

  • Car Dealership Cleaning: This includes tasks such as high-level cleaning, floor cleaning, window cleaning, office cleaning, washroom cleaning, façade cleaning, and any specialised cleaning solutions.
  • Office Cleaning: This may include window cleaning, floor cleaning and washroom cleaning.
  • Historic Building Cleaning: This may involve façade cleaning, ceiling and wall cleaning, floor cleaning, window cleaning, roof and gutter cleaning, and washroom cleaning.
  • After Builders Cleaning: This involves tasks, such as removing rubble and debris, high-level cleaning for ceilings and walls, floor cleaning, and façade cleaning.
  • Public Sector Cleaning: Tasks may include high-level cleaning, floor cleaning, window cleaning, office cleaning, washroom cleaning, façade cleaning, graffiti removal, and any specialised cleaning solutions.
  • Commercial Kitchen Cleaning: Tasks typically include cleaning floors and walls, ventilation cleaning, and cleaning of specialised areas and kitchen equipment.
  • Retail Cleaning: This type of cleaning encompasses high-level cleaning, floor cleaning, window cleaning, office cleaning, washroom cleaning, façade cleaning, and any specialised cleaning solutions.
  • Hospitality Cleaning: Involves tasks such as floor cleaning, cleaning of guest rooms, hallways and conference rooms, cleaning of the reception and lobby areas, cleaning of offices and stock rooms, washroom cleaning including staff facilities, and cleaning your windows both inside and out.

Frequency of Cleaning

Companies typically follow a regular schedule for commercial cleaning, offering options that include daily, weekly, and monthly services. However, commercial cleaning may also occur less frequently for certain projects, like cladding or solar panel cleaning. This consistency ensures that the commercial space always remains clean and well-maintained.

In essence, commercial cleaning services play a crucial role in upholding cleanliness standards in various commercial settings, ultimately contributing to a positive and professional environment for all those who frequent these spaces.

An Example of Our Commercial Cleaning Work

We have provided cleaning services for many commercial facilities. Our work and case study cladding cleaning the MS International PLC head office is a great example of this.

Project Background:

MSI’s office at Doncaster needed some attention to bring back the grey and red powder coated cladding to its original colour. Over time the powder coated cladding colour faded as a result of the environment and UV damage as well as from dirt which is to be expected. The dull look clearly showed that restoration was necessary.

Project Requirements:

Pristine completed a test chemical clean but both Pristine and the Facilities Manager at MSI agreed that a chemical clean wouldn’t deliver the results the directors were looking for as the clean didn’t provide the necessary improvements.

It was agreed that Pristine’s team would use their unique three stage cleaning system to restore the cladding to its original colour.

Pristine’s Solution:

A solution provided by only a few commercial cleaning companies across the UK, the three-step cleaning process is as follows:

  1. Clean – prepare and clean the surface with a PH neutral cleaning chemical.
  2. Restore – remove the ‘damaged’ layer by applying, by hand, the unique restoration cream to the powder coated cladding.
  3. Protect – apply a hydrophobic coating to help protect the powder coating from UV rays. The coating is non-stick for a longer lasting clean surface, with only an occasional wipe down or rinse off needed.

The outcome was a façade and cladding that looked as good as new. This saved the clients time and money as there was no need to replace the existing cladding.

MSI Cladding

What is Industrial Cleaning?

Industrial cleaning goes beyond the regular cleaning of office spaces or residential areas. It involves cleaning industrial buildings and facilities on a larger scale, focusing on high-impact operations that are crucial for maintaining a safe and efficient working environment.

Scope of Industrial Cleaning

When it comes to industrial cleaning, the focus is often on cleaning around heavy machinery and equipment in warehouses, manufacturing plants, factories, and other industrial facilities. This type of cleaning requires specialised equipment and expertise due to the size and complexity of the spaces involved.

Different Industrial Cleaning Settings

In a similar way to commercial cleaning, there are also different types of industrial cleaning, each with different characteristics and needs. Here is a short list with just a few with a brief description for each of them:

  • Warehouse Cleaning: Major focus on high-level cleaning including ceiling cleaning, floor cleaning, cleaning of racking systems, thorough cleaning of chillers and freezers, internal fascia cleaning, and external cladding cleaning.
  • Factory Cleaning: Includes high level cleaning such as ceiling and wall cleaning, floor cleaning, machinery and assembly line cleaning, cleaning of specialist areas like chillers and industrial fridges, office cleaning, washroom cleaning, cleaning of windows, and external façade cleaning.

Timing and Efficiency

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One key aspect of industrial cleaning is the timing of the cleaning operations. Often, cleaning is scheduled during shutdown hours to ensure safety and efficiency. By conducting cleaning activities when the facility is not operational, there is minimal disruption to the production process, leading to no loss in revenue for the factory or industry.

In conclusion, industrial cleaning plays a vital role in maintaining the cleanliness, safety, and efficiency of industrial facilities. It is a specialised area that requires expertise and high-quality equipment to ensure optimal results.

An Example of Our Industrial Cleaning Work

At Pristine, we have provided cleaning services for many industrial facilities. Our work and case study with Koyo Bearing Europe Limited is a great example of this.

Project Background:

Koyo Bearings encountered the challenge of ensuring that their machinery met China’s stringent import standards, which prohibited any trace of contaminated grease on the machines. Our industrial cleaning team undertook the crucial task of meticulously cleaning all 12 machines to meet these requirements before they can be shipped to China.

Project Requirements:

Koyo Bearings faced the challenge of ensuring that their machinery met China’s strict import standards. This prohibited any trace of contaminated grease on the machines.

Our industrial cleaning team was given the critical task of meticulously cleaning the 12 machines in order for them to be shipped to China and pass their strict rules.

Pristine’s Solution: 

To ensure compliance, we implemented a meticulous cleaning process that involved carefully disassembling the 12 complex machines into approximately 18 parts, totalling a significant 216 parts cleaned in total. The machinery was then prepared for shipment to China from the client’s factory in Barnsley following the successful cleaning process. Consequently, the machines passed the inspection process without any issues.

For more information about our work with Koyo Bearing Europe Limited, you can read the full case study here. Alternatively, you can explore all of our case studies involving cleaning in industrial settings here.

Before and After Image (KOYO)


In conclusion, the distinction between commercial and industrial cleaning is crucial for understanding the unique requirements of each. While commercial cleaning focuses on public-facing spaces like offices and retail establishments, industrial cleaning deals with larger industrial facilities and machinery. Both types of cleaning play essential roles in maintaining cleanliness, hygiene, and safety in their respective environments.

Why Pristine?

At Pristine Commercial Cleaning Services, we pride ourselves on providing specialised and comprehensive cleaning solutions for a wide range of commercial and industrial spaces. Equipped with the latest technology and expertise, we cater to the unique needs of our clients.

From office buildings to retail sites, warehouses to factories, and large manufacturing facilities, our team is trained and equipped to handle any cleaning task with efficiency and professionalism. We understand the importance of maintaining a clean and safe environment in industrial settings, and we work diligently to ensure that our cleaning services do not disrupt our clients’ operations.

Our commitment to quality and safety is reflected in the certifications and memberships we hold, including ConstructionLine, CSCS (The Construction Skills Certification Scheme), SafeContractor, and PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ & Manufacturers’ Association Ltd).

If you’re in need of top-notch cleaning services whether it’s for industrial factories, or for commercial spaces, get in touch with us today on 0800 7311 763 or you can email us at: We are ready to schedule a site survey, provide a quote, and even conduct a test treatment to cater to your specific requirements. 

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