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Update 29th March 2021

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Deep Clean Equipment in Premises and Facilities

Level 2
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can

Understand how to prepare for deep clean equipment and surfaces.

  • 1.1 - Explain the importance of having an up to date cleaning specification and where it can be found.
  • 1.2 - State the importance of maintaining standards of personal hygiene when cleaning.
  • 1.3 - State the importance of removing personal items prior to cleaning and where they should be stored.
  • 1.4 - State the importance of wearing appropriate personal protective equipment and for others to see it being worn.
  • 1.5 - Describe the best methods and materials for carrying out deep cleaning, identifying possible alternatives.
  • 1.6 - Explain how the following factors might affect the type of cleaning required:

    • type of soiling
    • type of surface
    • position
    • amount of soiling

  • 1.7 - Explain how to check that the equipment and surface is suitable for the treatment.
  • 1.8 - Explain the importance of reporting damaged and deteriorating surfaces.
  • 1.9 - State why the selected treatment might not be suitable.
  • 1.10 - Explain the importance of reporting immediately any concerns about the deep clean.
  • 1.11 - State how to ventilate the work area.
  • 1.12 - State additional customer or manufacturer’s standards that may need to be applied to the work surface and equipment.

Understand how to deep clean equipment and surfaces.

  • 2.1 - Describe why there are checks and restrictions in place for the use of deep cleaning equipment.
  • 2.2 - Describe how to check that equipment is in safe working order.
  • 2.3 - State the organisational requirements for reporting problems with equipment. 
  • 2.4 - State the importance of removing superficial dust and debris.
  • 2.5 - Describe how to soften ground-in soil and stains.
  • 2.6 - State the importance of softening ground in soiling.
  • 2.7 - Explain how to select the most appropriate place to carry out test cleans.
  • 2.8 - Explain why test cleans should be carried out before applying treatments.
  • 2.9 - Explain why treatments should be applied evenly.
  • 2.10 - State when equipment and surfaces should be pre-treated.
  • 2.11 - State how long the treatment should take to work.
  • 2.12 - State where to find manufacturer’s instructions for:

    • disassembling and re-assembling equipment
    • applying treatments
    • operating equipment

  • 2.13 - State why it is important to follow manufacturers’ and organisational requirements.

Understand how to restore the deep clean area.

  • 3.1 - Describe what to look for when checking the cleaned area and equipment.
  • 3.2 - State which treatments require rinsing.
  • 3.3 - Describe why and how rinsing of treatments should be carried out.
  • 3.4 - State the organisational requirements for reporting soiling or stains that cannot be removed.
  • 3.5 - State factors which might mean another treatment is required.
  • 3.6 - Describe the importance of putting items back in their original place after cleaning.
  • 3.7 - Describe how to check for pest infestation.
  • 3.8 - State the organisational requirements for reporting pest infestations.
  • 3.9 - State why it is important to check that equipment is working properly.
  • 3.10 - Explain the procedures for the disposal of used and unused treatments and why this is important.
  • 3.11 - State the importance of cleaning equipment after use.
  • 3.12 - State where cleaning treatments, equipment and machinery should be stored.
  • 3.13 - Describe the importance of cleaning and checking personal protective equipment after use.
  • 3.14 - State the organisational requirements for storing and disposing of personal protective equipment.

Be able to prepare to deep clean equipment and surfaces.

  • 4.1 - Locate the relevant cleaning specification and describe what is required to do the task.
  • 4.2 - Remove personal items and store them correctly. 
  • 4.3 - Select and wear appropriate personal protective equipment for the task.
  • 4.4 - Select the appropriate equipment and materials for each cleaning task taking into account surface and type of soiling. 
  • 4.5 - Check that the equipment is serviceable.
  • 4.6 - Check that the surface and equipment is suitable for the planned treatment. 
  • 4.7 - Report damaged equipment and surfaces which are deteriorating.
  • 4.8 - Contact the appropriate person for advice on: 

    • soiling
    • surfaces that could be damaged by cleaning
    • health risks of using a substance

  • 4.9 - Check the work area for factors which may affect the clean.
  • 4.10 - Ensure that power supplies are isolated and protected during cleaning.
  • 4.11 - Ventilate the work area.
  • 4.12 - Check for authorisation to use any deep cleaning equipment prior to use.
  • 4.13 - Check whether there are any additional requirements from the customer regarding the deep clean.
  • 4.14 - Report any reasons for not using the specified equipment.

Be able to undertake deep cleaning of equipment and surfaces.

  • 5.1 - Remove superficial dust and debris before starting the deep clean.
  • 5.2 - Soften ground-in soil and stains before trying to remove them.
  • 5.3 - Conduct a test clean in an area where marks are least likely to be noticed.
  • 5.4 - Follow manufacturer’s instructions when disassembling equipment.
  • 5.5 - Apply the treatment safely, evenly and methodically following manufacturer’s instructions and without over-wetting or damaging the surface.
  • 5.6 - Ensure that absorbent patches are pretreated and that stubborn and ingrained stains are given concentrated treatment.
  • 5.7 - Protect furniture and equipment in areas where a wet treatment is being used.
  • 5.8 - Follow the manufacturers’ and organisational requirements in the safe use and disassembly of machinery and equipment.
  • 5.9 - Ensure safety of self and others throughout the cleaning process.

Be able to restore the work area for use.

  • 6.1 - Check the cleaned surface for an even appearance. 
  • 6.2 - Ensure the surface is left free from dirt and excess moisture.
  • 6.3 - Rinse treated surfaces if necessary without disturbing the surrounding area.
  • 6.4 - Apply protective coatings and treatments if necessary.
  • 6.5 - Reinstate the work area.
  • 6.6 - Check that no residues remain on furniture and equipment.
  • 6.7 - Check for and report any signs of pest infestation.
  • 6.8 - Check that equipment with moving parts is working after the deep clean.
  • 6.9 - Report any defects and damage caused during cleaning.
  • 6.10 - Dispose of used and un-used solutions according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • 6.11 - Clean the equipment after use.
  • 6.12 - Store cleaning agents and treatments in a safe and secure place.
  • 6.13 - Store the equipment after use.


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