Cleanliness and Room Condition Standards
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While we do not expect surgical room cleanliness, we do expect students to perform a certain level of cleaning at departure. Please review the information below - if these standards are not met, you can expect a minimum charge of $50 per room for cleaning - if excessive cleaning is required, as determined by staff, charges may be doubled.
You may use your own non-caustic cleaning materials or check with your resident advisor (R.A.) to check out a broom or mop. Extra trash bags are available from the area office. Your hall Residence Hall Federation council may have a vacuum available. Some students have reported good results with removing scuff marks from walls using the Mr. Clean "Magic Eraser" - if you choose to use this product, please use with minimal water or you could damage walls.
Free of dust and dirt by sweeping or dust mopping. Use a wet mop on floors, if necessary, to remove spots and spills. Scuff marks are usually easily removed using a cloth/sponge and cleanser. If your room is carpeted, you will need to vacuum, and where applicable, remove spots and spills.
Free of tape, adhesive, stickers, posters, and marks. Dust wall trim and baseboards. Please note, your attempt to fill nail holes and to match the paint will not meet our standards and you will be billed for the repair.
"Command Adhesive" Products:
If you have used 3M brand or similar products, make sure you follow instructions on how to remove these items from the walls. We have done testing that shows proper removal of these items will not damage the walls - we do not review appeals claiming failure of this product. If you have lost your instructions, copies are available online at http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/Command/home/us_en/how_use/.
Sink & Vanity:
Free of dirt, hair, soap film, grit, toothpaste, and stains by cleaning with cleanser and cloth/sponge, rinsed, and wiped dry. This includes both the actual sink and the surrounding vanity.
Free of dust and dirt by wiping with cloth and cleanser/furniture polish. Remove any tape, adhesive, stickers, and marks. Empty drawers and clean with damp cloth and cleaner. Please leave furniture pulled away from wall slightly to assist staff in evaluating the walls. All furniture must be in the room - you will be billed for any furniture that left the room, was stored elsewhere, or is in the suite area. Saying, "I put it out in the hall and housekeeping took it away to store" does not change the fact that you will be billed. Housekeeping does not collect/store abandoned furniture - it should not have left your room. Remove all items and clean inside and outside of medicine cabinet with cleaner and a cloth. Mirror is to be free of grease, film, water spots, fingerprints, and stickers by wiping with glass cleaner and cloth.
Beds should be wiped clean and be free of stickers and marks. Mattresses should be on the bed and free of stains. Bunkable beds should be returned to their initial bunked condition with the exception of buildings that will be used for Spring Commencement.
Main and West Eggleston, Johnson, Peddrew-Yates, Slusher Wing, Newman, New Hall West, New Residence Hall East, and O'Shaughnessy. In these buildings, please leave your beds un-bunked, with all bed parts and mattresses in the room.
If you are in a commencement building, please leave your bed in the single configuration. All university-owned loftable bed furniture rooms should have at least one "loft kit" in the room. If you have an extra, leave it in the room as well.
We recommend lofts be taken down prior to the start of 24-hour exam quiet hours. You will receive information from the Residence Hall Federation and/or their vendors about return of rented lofts and microfridges. If you are taking your loft down later, you must do so as quietly as possible so that your actions do not disturb another student.
Windows and Sills:
Remove curtains or other decorative items you have added. Clean inside windows with glass cleaner and cloth or paper towel. Dust and wipe windowsills with cleaner and cloth. Leave the yellow and black window safety warning sticker intact. If your safety sticker is missing or unreadable, note that on your room condition form. Many first floor residents have a "safety screen" with a tamper-evident tag which should be unbroken. If you have placed a fan in your window and have pulled dust into the screen, vacuum/wipe dust off of the screen mesh.
Remove all items. Remove dust, dirt, stickers, or marks that may have been added. If the closet doors have been removed (which should not have been done), they must be replaced and in good working order. If you have lost the screws/hinges, or if your actions have damaged the door so that they don't hang and operate properly, you will be billed for time and materials to repair/replace them.
Remove all trash from the room. Do not leave a pile of dirt/debris swept to the middle of the room. Do not sweep your debris out into the hallway. Take your trash to the dumpster. Leaving debris or bags of trash in the rooms, hallways, or lounges will result in billing.
All large, personal property such as carpets, non-rental lofts, and furniture, are to be removed. Take these items to the dumpster if you are not taking them home with you - do not leave them in your room or the communal area. You will be billed per item for removal.
General Personal Items:
Please make a final check of the room for any remaining personal items. Each year, we have students who leave a drawer full of papers or clothing, cherished teddy bears, or other items. Housing and Residence Life personnel are not responsible for any personal items left in the rooms. While we do attempt to go back to the room to check for items when we receive a call, more than likely, these items were removed and discarded.