House Checks & Cleaning Tips

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About House Checks

After moving in, your Don will be conducting a monthly house check to ensure that your unit meets our cleaning standards. We want you to be successful, so please feel free to use the cleaning information provided below throughout the year, as well as during the move-out period. Failure to meet our standards may result in financial charges and/or disciplinary measures. If you have any questions, please get in touch with your Don.

Recommended Cleaning Supplies

  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop
  • Cleaning clothes
  • Disposable gloves
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Neutral general purpose cleaner
  • Window and furniture cleaners

Community Cleaning Guides

Cleaning Guide - Apartments

Cleaning Guide - Oscar Peterson Hall

Cleaning Guide - Townhouses

Safety & Helpful Tips

Remember not to mix store-bought cleaning products together - Mixing ammonia and bleach can create a deadly gas, but there are many other potential dangers. Commercial products are designed to be used by themselves, and if you mix them together you might get a very nasty (and possibly lethal) surprise.

Using the wrong cleaner on a delicate surface - Many of today's counter-tops, floors, and appliances require specialty cleaners (granite, stainless steel, some of the new composite materials). Even plain old soap and water is a problem on some surfaces. When in doubt, ask!

Abrasive cleaners or scrubbers - There are plenty of new products on the market specially designed for heavy duty tasks. Use of abrasive cleaners (e.g. powder cleaners) and metal scouring pads will only damage the surfaces leading to future maintenance and cleaning problems.

Vacuums are available at the Residence Services Desk in Oscar Peterson Hall - You can sign out a vacuum, Swiffer, or other cleaning supplies during regular business hours.

Areas commonly missed during cleaning - Make sure you don't miss these spots!

  • Drip trays located underneath stove elements
  • Floor underneath appliances (end of year inspection only)
  • Vents/fans – wipe down with a cloth

Walls - Magic Eraser and a bit of water works wonders to clean marks/scuffs off walls.