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Cleaning

 

Make sure your home is clean and presentable. You are responsible for the following:

 

 

    • Washing dishes

      How often: after each meal, or at least once per day.
      Tools: Dish detergent, dish cloth and dish towel, scrubber
      Instructions: Insert plug into sink, fill with 10 cm of hot water, add one teaspoon of dish soap. Add dishes and wipe with a dish cloth. Place on dish drainer or clean dish towel. Then dry with a clean dish towel and put in cupboard. Wash glasses and cleaner dishes first. Wash greasy dishes such as cooking pans last. If water becomes dirty before you finish, replace the water and the soap. If food is dried onto dishes, soak them in dish soap and water for 10 minutes before washing. Clean really dirty pots and pans with a scrubber. When you are finished wipe the sink and hang the wet cloth and towel to dry.



    • Clean after cooking

      How often: after each meal, or at least once per day.
      Tools: Dish detergent and dish cloth.
      Instructions: After a meal, put hot water and soap in the sink (same as above) and wipe the counter top, table, stove top and stove front.



    • Clean after showering

      How often: After showering
      Tools: Rag
      Instructions: A shower is recommended every 1-3 days. When showering, keep the shower CURTAIN closed and inside the bathtub to prevent water from falling on the floor. After showering, wipe the shower walls and tub with a RAG to remove hair and dirt. Hang a rag in your bathroom cabinet so that it is nearby and convenient.



    • Sweep Floors

      How often: Once a week
      Tools: Broom and dustpan
      Instructions: Use the BROOM to push dirt from the kitchen, living room and bathroom floors (and heaters) into one pile. Push the dirt onto the DUST PAN and throw it in the garbage. Don't forget to sweep under the furniture.



    • Mop Floors

      How often: Once a week
      Tools: Mop, mop bucket, and floor cleaner Instructions: After sweeping the floors, fill your mop bucket with warm water and some floor cleaner. Dip the mop into the solution and go over all the floors (excluding carpet) with the mop, dipping the mop into the bucket whenever it loses dampness. Make sure to strain the mop each time you put it in the solution before you spread it on the floor to avoid excessive water build up on the floors which can damage your flooring. When you are done flush the dirty mop water down your toilet and thoroughly strain the mop to keep it from getting smelly.



    • Kitchen

      How often: Once per week
      Tools: Rag
      Instructions: Add water and 50 ml of all-purpose cleaner to the sink. Dip the rag and clean all kitchen surfaces including: cupboards, stove (especially around the burners), refrigerator, stove vent, heaters, counter top, sink, spots on walls, etc.



    • Oven

      How often: Once per month
      Tools: Oven cleaner, rubber gloves, a rag and a scrubber
      Instructions: Clean oven when it is cool. Remove racks from oven. Always use RUBBER GLOVES because the cleaner can harm your skin. Spray all surfaces inside oven with oven cleaner. Carefully remove the four electrical ELEMENTS from the top of the stove. Remove the "DRIP PANS" underneath. Spray drip pans and oven racks with oven cleaner. Wait for twenty minutes and wipe with a wet rag rinsing it often. If there are spots remaining scrub with an SOS PAD. If spots still remain, spray and wait again. Clean the vent area above the stove with a SCRUBBER and all-purpose cleaner.



    • Living room and porch

      How often: Once a week
      Tools: All-purpose cleaner and rag
      Instructions: Add 20 cm of hot water and 50 ml of all-purpose cleaner to a bucket. Put a rag in the water and squeeze it so there is no dripping water. Wipe all surfaces with the rag. Wipe everywhere there is dust or dirt: tables, lamps (Do not touch light bulbs with a wet rag. They may break.), sofa and chairs, heaters, walls, window ledges, etc. Remove dust from sofa cushions and rugs by taking them outdoors and beating them.



    • Bathroom

      How often: Once per week
      Tools: Toilet brush, all-purpose cleaner, bathroom cleaner, rags, window cleaner and paper towel
      Instructions: To clean the toilet, pour 50 ml of all-purpose cleaner into the water. Put a TOILET BRUSH or a rag into the water and scrub the inside part of the toilet bowl especially under the edge. Add water and all-purpose cleaner to the sink. Use a rag to wipe all exterior parts of the toilet. Rinse the rag as needed. To clean the sink and bathtub, spray with bathroom cleaner, scrub with a new rag or sponge and rinse with water. Clean the mirror with window cleaner and paper towel. Put cleaner and water in the bathtub. To clean the shower curtain put all-purpose cleaner and water in the bathtub and wipe the curtain with a rag. If the shower curtain has green or brown spots which cannot be cleaned you should buy a new one. Wipe any spots on the walls and cupboards with a rag dipped in cleaner and water. Sweep and mop the floor.



    • Bedroom

      How often: Once a week
      Tools: All-purpose cleaner and a rag
      Instructions: Add 20 cm of hot water and 50 ml of all-purpose cleaner to a bucket. Put a rag in the water and squeeze it so there is no dripping water. Wipe all surfaces with the rag. Wipe everywhere there is dust or dirt: desk, lamps (Do not touch light bulbs with a wet rag. They may break.), drawers, shelves, closet, heaters, walls, window ledges, etc.



    • Laundry

      How often: Once per week
      Tools: Laundry detergent
      Instructions: Wash your clothes after you wear them for 1-3 days. When your clothes are ready for the laundry put them in a bag or basket until you go to the laundry room. DO NOT PUT WET CLOTHES IN THERE BECAUSE THEY WILL STINK. Wash your bedding once per month (sheets, pillow case and bed covers).



    • Refrigerator

      How often: Once per month
      Tools: All-purpose cleaner and rag
      Instructions: Every week, you should remove old food from the refrigerator and throw it in the garbage. Once per month, you should put soap and water in the sink and using a rag, wipe all surfaces of the refrigerator, including the freezer.



    • Windows

      How often: Once per month
      Tools: Window cleaner and paper towel
      Instructions: Spray window a few times with window cleaner. Wipe clean with paper towel. If there are still spots. Spray and wipe again. If you want clear windows you can spray and wipe the outside also.

      Note: Hang cleaning rags to dry and then wash them with your laundry.





    • Garbage

      How often: Once per week
      Tools: Garbage bags
      Instructions: Collect garbage in a garbage bag and bring to the DUMPSTER when it is full. Bring garbage to the dumpster at least once per week. Keep a small garbage can or small shopping bag in your room to hold your garbage.

      The city of St.John 's has a schedule for refuse (garbage) collection that can be checked at any time at:

      www.stjohns.ca/cityservices/garbage/index.jsp

      Garbage must be placed on the curb of the street (out of traffic's way) no earlier than 06:00 a.m and no later than 08:00 a.m the day that it is to be removed.

      Garbage should be covered and any dangerous items such as needles, batteries, etc should be disposed of in the correct manner. Check the website for more details.

      Here is a sample cleaning schedule to help you organize who cleans what and when.



    • Smoke Detector

      If your fire alarm goes off while cooking (burnt food), smoking, etc, do not open your apartment door, as it could set of the alarm in the entire building. If your fire alarm goes off open all windows and turn off heat, if you are using the stove/oven; the alarm should stop shortly.

      Important: Do not cover or disable the smoke detector; it's against the law (you could be fined) and more importantly it's dangerous.

 

    • Bugs

      Make sure all your windows have screens attached to keep out flies and other insects. Also, be sure to check over any vegetables or fruits you leave outside the fridge (potatoes, onions, oranges, bananas, etc) to make sure they are not rotten and make sure there are no FRUIT FLIES. Store these foods in a cool, dry place.

 

 

 

Still have questions? Email our housing coordinator: vpilgrim@mun.ca

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