After making a change to
Am I required to take some additional steps in order for the change to take effect?
Like clean cache, deploy static files or compile code?
Yes, you need to recompile after you have done some changes in
di.xml file and then it's a good practice to remove cache too.
php bin/magento setup:di:compile
A nice answer is here for your reference. Hope it will give you a better idea.
You can also remove the folders inside the
apart from.htaccess` file
Then run the command
php bin/magento c:f,