How do you clean a Student house? Here are the perfect steps to follow
How do you clean a student house? Student life can be messy, to say the least. Which is perfectly fine, so long as you can keep on top of the cleaning and add it to your busy student routine. Ensuring a clean space can sometimes seem the least of your priorities. However, in today’s world and with the rise of a global pandemic, living the new normal can mean that you need to be more attentive and on top of your cleaning, to ensuring a safe and virus free environment to live in.
This is even more important when you move into your new student home and your flatmates are your new household. Your entire household should work together to protect each other and help to reduce the risk of catching or spreading the virus. This can be done effectively by ensuring students understand the need for sharing cleaning responsibilities to ensure a safer home for everyone residing in the student accommodation.
The Role of Student Accommodation Providers
Student accommodation providers can play a key role in raising awareness about the importance of cleanliness within the student halls while the students are residing in their accommodation. Making sure that new, as well as current students, are aware of their cleaning responsibility is vital to reducing the spread of viruses within the student halls.
Effective communication about the cleaning responsibilities that should fall on students within the accommodation is crucial. Student accommodation providers must ensure that they educate their residence about the importance of keeping their accommodation clean and tidy.
How do you clean a student home?
Professional student accommodation cleaning has always played a key role in ensuring a clean and safe environment. However now more than ever, greater emphasis has to be taken to ensure students understand the importance of maintaining a daily cleaning habit. Not only that, but providers should take it a step further by providing their residents with a useful step by step cleaning routine guide that can help them to stay on top of their day to day cleaning.
That is why we at Crystal Facilities Management, have put together this useful step by step guide to help students keep themselves as well as others safe within their student accommodation.
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Cleaning equipment that you will need:
Always keep your kitchen stocked with cleaning items and make preparation.
We recommend always having the following at a minimum:
- A dustpan and brush
- A vacuum cleaner
- A mop and bucket
- Multipurpose cleaner
- Window and glass cleaner
- Microfiber cloths
- Antibacterial spray
- Washing liquid to wash dishes
- A scourer and oven cleaner
Tip One: Don’t overstuff your student room with things!
Any items that you no longer need should be binned or given to charity on a regular basis.
This can be done by sorting out your items into a “for charity pile” and “for the bin pile”. Remember that there are designated spaces around campus where you can dispose of your waste as well as charity boxes that you can place your unwanted items.
Tip Two: Steps to cleaning your bedroom.
Your room is your sanctuary so keep it clean!
- Try to vacuum every week.
- Wipe down surfaces with an anti-bacterial cleaner paying close attention to frequently touched areas such as door handles, light switches and knobs.
- Try to make it a habit to put things away after every use.
- Clear out your drawers and separate the daily items you use and dispose of the empty and unwanted items.
- Make your bed every morning. (It only takes less than 5 minutes!)
Tip Three: Steps to clean your bathroom.
Cleaning your bathroom can be unpleasant, tricky and difficult to tackle.
If the toilet or bathroom facilities are shared, then they should be cleaned after every use and disinfected using antibacterial cleaners.
- Consider drawing up a rota with your flatmates to keep track of who used it last and remind them of their cleaning responsibility.
- Always label your toiletry and other items you keep in the bathroom so that they are not shared.
- Start cleaning the shower as this usually takes the longest to clean. Spray it down with a multi-purpose cleaner and leave it to soak for a bit. Use a microfibre cloth and remove any dirt. It might be worth running the shower at the end to give it one last clean. ( Don’t forget to clear out any hair stuck in the drain)
- Don’t forget the showerhead. It can be easy to forget about this as it is often out of reach but scrubbing down the showerhead will remove any excess oils or grime.
- Clean windows, glass and mirrors with a window cleaner. If you have a squeegee, use this to remove any streaks on the surfaces.
- Clean surfaces and countertops with a microfibre cloth and a multi-purpose cleaner. Make sure to clean any products or items that are on these surfaces too so you don’t miss any dirt or grime.
- Clean the sink. It’s best to leave this until the end as you will probably use the sink during the rest of the cleaning process.
Tip four: Steps to clean your student kitchen
Kitchen cleaning can be pretty time consuming, especially if there is a group of you using it in your student home.
That’s why you should share the responsibilities of chores. You can do this by assigning individual tasks to every person as well as rotate these tasks around all your household group.
- Regularly wash up any dirty dishes and put them away. Don’t leave dirty dishes out for long. It’s best to wash them up as soon as you are finished using them. This way they won’t pile up.
- Remove any odd items from the countertops and regularly take the bin out.
- Clean the kitchen cabinets weekly, especially the ones that are above your countertop. Remove all the items in your cupboards and clean the shelves. Get rid of any crumbs and out of date items in the process.
- Clean your oven and hub ( look at tip five for easy steps to follow)
- Clean your microwave. A top tip is to place a cup of water and the juice of one lemon in a safe bowl and place it in the middle of the microwave. Turn the microwave on high for around 5 minutes. This will easily remove any old food build-up. Give it a thorough wipe and you are done.
- Clean your fridge and freezer. To do this, start by getting rid of any old food. Take out all food items before cleaning. Wipe down the shelves and drawers in the fridge with an all-purpose cleaner and a microfibre cloth. Start from the top and work your way down.
- Clean the remaining kitchen surfaces with a microfibre cloth and cleaner. Start from one end of the kitchen and work your way around.
- Clean your kitchen sink by wiping it down with some all-purpose cleaner. Remember to clean the drain too.
- To finish off sweep the floor and let that fresh air in!
Tip Five: Steps to clean your kitchen oven and hub.
An oven is a kitchen appliance that can be cleaned in a few steps. If you are living in a student accommodation it is likely that your oven is not in the best shape. However, try your best to regularly clean the oven. It is best to clean the oven intermittently as you use it.
- Remove the oven racks and soak them in the sink with a kitchen degreaser making sure you do the grill pan too.
- Scrub the oven with a scourer and oven cleaner to the best of your ability. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you’ll definitely get it looking better than it did beforehand.
- Clean the hub/stove using a strong cleaner and leave it to soak for a few minutes. Use a cloth to remove any dirt and grime. If you have a gas stove, remove the gas rings and clean them separately.
It is worth opening windows during cleaning to allow fresh air in. This will make everywhere feel fresher and give it a new lease of life. It is also great to circulate the air and allow any damp air out of the house rather than creating condensation and mould.
Remember a clean space leads to a clean mind which in turn will keep you healthy and focused.