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Cleaning tips

We have put together some suggestions to help you keep your room clean and tidy.

Recommended supplies

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

Safety and other useful 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 Residence Services You can sign out a vacuum at Residence Services during regular hours.

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

Stains on carpets and upholstery Remember to remove stains ASAP; the longer you leave a stain, the more unlikely you are to get it off.

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