Cleaning

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We want your accommodation to be safe, clean and livable - a place you can feel comfortable in.

All areas inside and outside your accommodation must be kept up to an excellent cleaning standard by you, your housemates and us. Good housekeeping creates a pleasant environment and keeps your accommodation safe. Poor hygiene can attract germs and pests, and increases the risk of hazards in your accommodation.

Responsibilities

Your room:

You are fully responsible for ensuring your room is clean and tidy at all times. You will have access to basic equipment such as a hoover and mop. If you have an en-suite room you will also have to ensure the bathroom is kept clean. 

Communal areas:

Any communal areas such as kitchens, corridors and bathrooms etc must be cleaned by everyone in the block, house or flat; it is a joint responsibility. This includes: work surfaces, fridges, ovens and bins. A good idea is to create/use a cleaning rota to help ensure your communal areas stay clean. Please contact the accommodation team if you need any help with this. It is also a group responsibility to maintain the basic cleaning equipment; making sure the hoover bag is emptied frequently and keeping mops, buckets etc clean and tidy. Hoover bags can be collected from the Accommodation Office. 

Outside areas:

Please also ensure that the areas close to your block stay clean from any rubbish, including cigarette ends. Please use the external bin stores, litter bins and the cigarette bins provided. 

Our responsibility:

We will clean any communal areas outside of your flat (hallways, stairs, entrances etc). You may see the cleaning team during the week and occasionally, they may access your accommodation to use University equipment, such as the hoover.

Waste & Recycling

MaterialWhich bin?×
Glass jars & bottles Glass bin All glass Ceramics, Pyrex, drinking glasses, non-glass items

Cardboard

Recycling Any type pf cardboard Any cardboard which contains non-recyclable products eg food
Paper Recycling Newspapers, magazines, note pads, envelopes, letters or any other paper product Beverage cartons egs juice, non-paper items
Food Green food bin Any type of food product Any packaging, plastic bags, liquids, oil
Plastics Recycling Empty bottles, caps, straws, pots, tubs, cups and lids Shrink wrap (Clingfilm), carrier bags, polystyrene, non-plastic items
Cans Recycling Aluminium & steel cans eg beers cans, foil Hard metal items eg cutlery, non-metal items

You have bins in your kitchen for food, general waste, glass and recycling. This waste then needs to be put in the correct bins in the external bin stores. Any rubbish collected in your bedroom and en-suite (where applicable) should also be put directly into the external bin store NOT in your flat/house's communal bins. Wrap any sharp or broken objects (broken glass etc) in newspaper before throwing them out. 

Recycling bags and food waste bags can be collected from the Accommodation Office.

Please see the chart above of what can be recycled - anything not listed on the chart or items which cannot be recycled; please dispose of in general waste.

What to buy

It is a good idea to talk to your other housemates about all contributing to buying cleaning products together. 

Here are some useful items you may need to keep things clean:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Washing up liquid
  • Tea towels
  • Cloths, scouring pads, brush
  • Oven/hob cleaner 
  • Anti-bacterial multi-purpose cleaner 
  • Shower and bathroom multi-purpose cleaner 
  • Toilet cleaner with seperate cloth and gloves
  • Black rubbish bags

Make sure you always read and follow instructions carefully.

Cleaning Rota Template

This template will vary depending on the type of hall you live in. We advise that dishes, pots and pans are to be washed, dried and put away daily by the individual users.

Room number/nameMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
101 - John Take out bins Clean & hoover corridor Clean toilet & sink Clean shower & bathroom floor Clean kitchen worktops, table & sinks Clean hobs, oven & cooker area Clean kitchen floor & lounge area
102 - Jess Clean kitchen floor and lounge area Take out bins Clean & hoover corridor Clean toilet & sink Clean shower & bathroom floor Clean kitchen worktops, table & sinks Clean hobs, oven & cooker area
103 - Phil Clean hobs, oven & cooker area Clean kitchen floor & lounge area Take out bins Clean & hoover corridor Clean toilet & sink Clean shower & bathroom floor Clean kitchen worktops, table & sinks
104 - Greg Clean kitchen worktops, table & sinks Clean hobs, oven & cooker area Clean kitchen floor & lounge area Take out bins Clean & hoover corridor Clean toilet & sink Clean shower & bathroom floor
105 - Ellie Clean shower & bathroom floor Clean kitchen worktops, table & sinks Clean hobs, oven & cooker area Clean kitchen floor & lounge area Take out bins Clean & hoover corridor Clean toilet & sink
106 - Beth

Clean toilet & sink

Clean shower & bathroom floor

Clean kitchen worktops, table & sinks Clean hobs, oven & cooker area Clean kitchen floor & lounge area Take out bins Clean & hoover corridor