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Cleaning guide: Halls

By ResLife 02 Jul 2021

Whilst living in halls it is important to keep your surroundings clean to prevent pests and the spread of coronavirus. 

How to clean your bathroom

Shared bathrooms should be cleaned after each use to keep you and your flatmates as safe as possible. En-suite bathrooms are normally used by one individual and as they are not shared by others they should be cleaned at least twice a week.

If you follow these simple steps on a routine basis it will take no time at all to sanitise and keep your bathroom sparkling.

  • Ensure the room is ventilated (open doors and/or windows) before using cleaning products.
  • You will need a multi-surface disinfectant bathroom cleaner, bathroom sponge/scourer, cloth and toilet cleaner. You can purchase a good multi-surface disinfectant bathroom cleaner for around £1.50 and this should last you for around two months.
  • It is recommended you wear gloves when cleaning/using products.
  • Apply the multi-surface disinfectant bathroom cleaner to the sink, shower and scrub using the bathroom sponge/scourer. 
  • Apply toilet cleaner under the toilet rim and scrub the inside of the toilet using the toilet brush supplied.

 Remember to store any chemicals in a cool, dark cupboard. Thoroughly wash all cloths to prevent cross-contamination or bacterial growth.

Warning – Please take care not to mix chemicals/products as this may result in toxic fumes which can be dangerous.

Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water after cleaning.

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How to clean your kitchen

Fridge

As the fridge is used often it is recommended you clean the handles often. You will need to regularly throw away any rotten food (fruit/vegetables etc.) and wipe up any spillages. This will help to keep your fridge smelling fresh and prevent other food from spoiling. We recommend you store cooked meat above raw meat.

To prevent cross-contamination, keep foods covered using cling film or a sealed container. You should clean out the fridge every at least every two weeks to prevent bacteria and dirt build-up. Make sure you use food-safe products when cleaning inside the fridge.

Freezer

You will need to defrost your freezer before a thick layer of ice forms on the inside. This will usually be once a term, although your freezer may need defrosting more often. Please read our freezer operating instructions for how to

Worktops

Keep your worktops clean and tidy, make sure after preparing and cooking food you wipe and spray the worktops with antibacterial spray. 

Cooker and hob

You should use oven cleaner or a heavy-duty kitchen cleaner to clean the cooker and hob. Please ensure you clean the cooker and hob only when they are turned off and cooled down.

Please note that dried on food spills are a fire risk in addition to being used often so to protect you and your flatmates it is good practice to clean the cooker and hob (including handles and knobs) after every use.

Microwave oven

To clean the microwave, simply use a damp cloth to wipe the oven sides and plate. It is good practice to do this regularly to prevent stains and spills from becoming dried and more difficult to remove. If stains and marks do build up, use a food-safe antibacterial kitchen cleaner on your cloth. It is recommended to disinfect the microwave handle often for added protection.

Crockery and cutlery

Dirty dishes cause smells and can attract pests to your kitchen. They can also cause friction between you and your housemates. Wash dishes and crockery as you use them. You may find the kitchen cleaning rota which is supplied with each flat useful.

Floor

To protect you and your flatmates we recommend you wash your floor regularly with hot water and an antibacterial floor cleaner. If any spills occur, use a cloth/mop to wipe up any mess. Take care not to leave a wet floor unattended for health and safety reasons. Mops, buckets, and vacuum cleaners are provided for your use.

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