From King Dictionary of Contemporary English cleaning clean‧ing / ˈkliːnɪŋ / noun [uncountable ] CLEAN the process or job of making a house, office etc clean Liz comes on Thursdays to do the cleaning. cleaning lady/woman (=a woman who cleans houses, offices etc as her job ) Examples from the Corpus cleaning • This exclusion applies equally to domestic cleaning as to professional cleaning. • If the impeller won't move, you will have to remove the pump for cleaning. • Fittings should be completely removed for cleaning. • This compartment has been specially contoured with smooth rounded corners to assist in making cleaning yet again easier. • Women still do most of the cleaning in the home. • Its accessories enable the basic unit to use the cleaning and sterilising power of steam for cleaning, too. • Eventually a more thorough cleaning will remove any dirt and later retouching. • Simple things like window cleaning or car washing can be quite lucrative. do the cleaning • How often do you use your vacuum cleaner, and what do you wear to do the cleaning?