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Cleaning in Undergraduate Housing

Custodial vendors are contracted to clean common areas of the houses during the academic year, as well as bathrooms in the suites and apartments (where applicable).

Common Areas
This includes halls, stairwells, foyers, dining rooms, laundry room, kitchens, and bathrooms. They should be cleaned daily. If excessive cleaning is needed in an area, the residents may be billed for the cost of this additional time.

Bathrooms in Suites and Apartments
The resident(s) of the space will be contacted from ABM(the cleaning vendor). Bathrooms will be cleaned once every four to six weeks. Remind students that all personal items must be removed from the bathrooms on the day they are scheduled to be cleaned.
Between professional cleaning, the resident is responsible to clean and maintain the bathroom on a regular basis.

Keeping the House Clean –
Residents are equally responsible for keeping the building clean. You are asked to assist the University and their designated custodial vendors in keeping your building clean by treating it with respect. If we all work together, the condition of the building will remain excellent throughout the remainder of the year. The following are reminders about the basic cleaning responsibilities:
ABM (Monday through Friday)

  • Clean the common areas, including: hallways, stairwells, and bathrooms
  • Clean kitchens (not including pots, pans, dishes, utensils, pantries, etc.) prior to 10:00 a.m.
  • Clean dining rooms (not including plates, cups, utensils etc.)
  • Deep clean the entire building each summer

Residents (Daily or as needed)

  • Clean your bedrooms during the academic year
  • Keep kitchen counters, work spaces and dining/study tables clear of trash and clutter
  • Remove personal belongings from common areas

Fraternity and Sorority Houses

  • Clean the house party room(s)
  • Clean the house chapter rooms
  • Clean the guest bathrooms connected to your party room
  • Clean kitchen: cooktop, prep areas, appliances, counters, floors, as well as all pots, pans, dishes, utensils, pantries, etc.

Basic Cleaning Supplies to Stock

  • Buckets, mops, rags, brooms, scrub brushes, paper towels, sponges, etc
  • Garbage bags
  • Windex
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Mr. Clean wipe-ups
  • Murphy’s Oil Cleaner for woodwork, etc
  • Swiffer broom

How to Clean

  • Tile or Wood Floors: Always sweep before you mop. Use fresh water and soap, clean buckets, and clean mops.
  • Woodwork: Dust and wash tops of door trim work and tops of doors.
  • Carpet: Vacuum thoroughly. Start your vacuum cleaner out with a fresh bag.
  • Stove Top Cleaning: Wash exterior surfaces after they have cooled with detergent and warm to hot water. A paste of water and baking soda can be used on difficult spots. Rinse and wipe dry.
  • Garbage cans and wastebaskets: Wash out wastebaskets with disinfectant and deodorizer. Line waste containers with plastic liners.
  • Walls: Always wash from the bottom up. Streaks come from clean water running down the dirty walls.
  • Concrete Floors: Clean your concrete floors by sweeping with a broom then vacuum.

Recommended Cleaning Frequencies

Common Areas: Dining Rooms, living rooms, stairways, hallways, and foyers

  • Daily – Sweep floors 
  • Three times per week – Vacuum
  • Weekly – Dust all surfaces