By Anne Baley

How to Clean College Dorms in Preparation for the New Semester

Summer is coming to an end, and students will soon be heading back to college. That means it's time for your team to do a thorough cleaning of your dorm facilities. Here are some tips on how to clean college dorms and hallways in preparation for the big move-in day.


Floors

Dorms can house thousands of students, which means that your team has a large surface area to cover. Traditional cleaning tools, like mops and buckets, require considerable manual labor. In an effort to save time and energy, your custodial crew should use a more advanced cleaning system, like an AutoVac, instead.


The AutoVac starts by distributing cleaning solution onto the floor. Then, a microfiber pad spreads the solution and the system's squeegee and vacuum immediately remove any liquid and soil from the surface. This quick and easy process will leave the floors clean and dry, reducing the risk for slip-and-fall accidents.


While both an autoscrubber and an AutoVac have proven to be effective tools for soil removal, the latter is the better choice for expansive floor cleaning jobs, because it's easier to clean out and break down for transportation purposes. An auto vac is also a more cost-effective option. In addition, as auto vacs are available in battery-operated models, they can work well in college dorms that have insufficient or inconveniently placed power outlets.


Windows


Dorm room windows are often covered in dust, dirt, and fingerprints, which your custodial crew can remove quickly and efficiently by using an advanced squeegee system. After spraying a diluted chemical solution onto the microfiber pad, your team can use the professional-grade squeegee to clean and dry the window surface. This process will remove soil, germs, and bacteria, and it will leave behind a streak-free shine.


Molding

The molding around the doors and windows in your facilities has also likely collected dust and dirt during the summer months. In an effort to prevent cross-contamination, your cleaning crew should use disposable wipes or the eight-fold method when cleaning these spots. In accordance with the eight-fold method, custodians should fold a cloth in half twice, which will make smaller squares. Once they have used one square to clean the molding in one dorm room, they should use a different square for the next room. By folding and refolding the cloth in this way, your team can get eight clean surfaces out of one towel.

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