Since our business was founded in 2006, Kent Gurkha have firmly established ourselves as the number one commercial cleaning specialists in Kent, providing high-quality, professional commercial cleaning services to schools and businesses throughout the South East.

Domestic cleaning services differ greatly to the commercial cleaning services we offer. Domestic cleaning and commercial cleaning refer to two distinct types of cleaning services, each tailored to the specific needs of their respective settings. Here are the key differences between domestic and commercial cleaning:

The Place of Work

Domestic cleaning refers to work carried out in residential or private properties, such as homes and apartments. Commercial cleaning services, on the other hand, are focused on non-residential properties such as offices, stores, schools, medical facilities and other business premises.

Commercial Cleaning: Involves cleaning non-residential spaces, including offices, retail stores, warehouses, factories, medical facilities, and other business establishments.

The Scope of Work

Domestic cleaning services tend to focus on maintaining the day-to-day cleanliness and hygiene of personal living spaces, with tasks including dusting, vacuuming, mopping floors and tending to kitchen and bathroom cleaning.

Commercial cleaning services cover a much a broader range of tasks due to the size and complexity of commercial spaces. It may involve floor maintenance, window cleaning, carpet cleaning, sanitation of shared spaces, and other specialised services based on the type of business.

Frequency of Work

Domestic cleaning is usually carried out weekly or fortnightly in order for those living in their homes to maintain a comfortable and clean living environment.

Commercial cleaning services often occur more frequently, due to the high-traffic and busier environments the work is carried out in. In such places, commercial cleaning usually needs to be carried out on a daily basis as opposed to weekly or more, so as to ensure the health and safety of employees on site.

Equipment and Supplies Used

It is accepted and usual for normal household cleaning tools and products to be used for domestic cleaning purposes. Domestic vacuum cleaners, mops, brooms, and common cleaning solutions are suitable for the task at hand and specialised equipment does not normally need to be used.

However, commercial cleaning requires more specialised equipment to be used, including industrial-grade cleaning machines, power washers, and commercial cleaning agents suitable for larger and more demanding spaces.


Domestic cleaning services are generally carried out by individuals or small teams working directly for homeowners or through residential cleaning services.

Commercial cleaning services tend to be provided by larger teams or professional cleaning companies such as Kent Gurkha. Long-standing commercial cleaning companies that are experienced and capable of delivering outstanding results when working to the scale and complex requirements of commercial properties and businesses provide reliability and professionalism to the businesses they work with.

Regulations and Standards

There are generally fewer regulations and standards surrounding domestic cleaning services whereas commercial cleaning services need to adhere to industry-specific regulations and standards.

Commercial cleaning staff are trained to handle specific types of cleaning tasks and duties, and are consistently updated on new working practices and safety standards.


Domestic cleaning services provided are based on the specific preferences and needs of individual homeowners who often liaise directly with their cleaners.

Commercial cleaning services provide a bespoke service that has been more specifically tailored to the requirements of the individual business or industry they work with.

Understanding these differences helps to ensure that the cleaning services provided are appropriate for the specific demands and environments of either domestic or commercial settings.

Hopefully this provides some clarification on why the services provided by domestic and commercial cleaning companies aren’t necessarily interchangeable!

If your school or business would like to know more about the commercial cleaning services Kent Gurkha provide, please contact us via email at or give us a call on 01622 752 192.