Never mix two chemicals when cleaning your suite! Doing so can reduce their effectiveness and may release highly toxic gases.
Are you experiencing a serious health issue or pest problem in your suite? File a Maintenance Request at Front Desk to receive prompt assistance from Residence Maintenance Staff.
Kitchens and bathrooms can be a source of arguments, odours, and pests, so please keep them clean and tidy; be considerate of the 3 or 4 other people you are sharing a suite with. It is recommended that a cleaning schedule with designated tasks be put together. The Suite Contract facilitated by your Don in September can help with this, and your Don can help if you are having trouble keeping the kitchen, bathrooms, and common areas clean.
To get started, you will find the following items in your storage closet:
paper towels (2 rolls)
toilet paper (2 rolls)
a mop and pail
a vacuum cleaner (including a bag, a wand, and accessories)
non-abrasive sink and tub cleaner
toilet bowl cleaner
a toilet brush
Vacuum cleaners are provided and have vacuum cleaner bags in them, that must be replaced when full. Replacement vacuum bags are available at the Front Desk. Never run the vacuum without a vacuum bag. If your vacuum appears to have no suction, check to see if the vacuum bag is full or if the hose or one of the attached accessories is plugged. If it still doesn’t operate properly, please fill out a Maintenance Request Form at the Front Desk.
Garbage and Recycling
If we all make small efforts in our lives, recycling adds up to a big difference, so please make an effort for yourself, for others, and for future generations. If you have are interested in learning more or joining the Innis Environmental Committee, talk to your IRC Senior House Representative for details.
Garbage and recycling are picked up twice a week. Please make sure to put out your garbage and recycling on a regular basis.
A Few Tips to Keep in Mind About Garbage and Recycling:
Never allow garbage to accumulate in either your bedroom or your suite. The longer garbage remains in your suite, the more likely it is that there will be odors and pests. Line garbage pails with plastic bags before placing garbage in them.
Wash garbage pails regularly since liquids often accumulate in the containers and odors are easily absorbed.
Except on the first floor, there are two garbage chutes on each floor where you can dispose of your garbage. If you live on the first floor, you must go to the second floor to dispose of your garbage.
Never put loose garbage down the chutes. Ensure that your garbage actually goes down the chute and is not stuck in the door of the chute.
Never put boxes (e.g. pizza boxes) down the garbage chute or force large bags down. This will only cause the chute to clog. Let the Front Desk know immediately if a garbage chute is clogged.
Never allow recyclable containers to accumulate. Dispose of them regularly.
Flatten all cardboard or packing boxes before recycling them. For larger cardboard boxes, you can stack them next to the paper recycling bin in the recycling room.
Pizza boxes can be recycled, provided you flatten them and remove any leftover food and the soiled waxed paper liner.
Recyclable containers should be rinsed immediately after use. Wash cans and bottles and place them in the proper bin.
Do not throw recyclables (cans, bottles, paper) down the garbage chute.
A list of recyclable items is placed on each Recycling Room door for your reference. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with what you can recycle!
Never put garbage in the recycling rooms.
Mopping and Vacuuming
Soak the mop for 20 minutes in a mixture of hot water and cleaning solution prior to use.
Sweep the floor you wish to mop while your mop is soaking.
Lift the mop head from the water, and squeeze out all of the excess liquid.
Scrub the floor using a back and forth motion. Rinse the mop in the water as needed. Always squeeze out the excess liquid!
Rinse the mop head under warm water when you are finished.
If you need a new mop head, ask Front Desk.
Sweep the floor before you vacuum, to get rid of any large dirt particles.
Plug in your vacuum, and turn it on, by pressing the button on the top of the base.
Vacuum the floor using a back and forth motion.
If your vacuum is not working, check that the vacuum bag is empty, and that your hose is not clogged.
If you need a new vacuum bag, just ask the Front Desk.
If you need a more powerful vacuum, see your Don.
The washroom can become dirty very quickly so the following recommendations should be kept in mind:
Thoroughly clean the toilet, inside and out.
Clean the shower and tub, including fixtures, walls, and ledges, and ensure soap buildup and mildew are removed. Never use abrasive cleaners on any part of the shower/tub unit. Only use a non-abrasive cleanser, which can be found in your storage closet. Replacements are available free of charge at the Front Desk throughout the year.
Wash the shower curtain on a regular basis (simply put it in the washing machine). A capful of chlorine bleach helps get rid of mildew.
Keep the bathroom fan vents clean by vacuuming and/or wiping them down with a damp cloth. If they become plugged with dirt, the humidity builds up and the paint and walls will deteriorate. Always turn the fan on when showering to exhaust the humidity and to prevent mold in the bathrooms. Note that some suites share the fan motor between both bathrooms while others are independent of one another.
Clean the sinks, including fixtures and underneath the basin.
Wipe all mirrors and shelves clean.
Sweep and mop all floors.
Besides cleaning and taking care of the three appliances (see Maintenance) the following are some additional kitchen cleaning tips:
The sinks in the suites are small so don’t let your dishes pile up; do them immediately after you use them. Dirty dishes can lead to odours, pests, and disease, and can upset your suitemates.
Wipe the counters and kitchen table regularly.
Mop the kitchen floor regularly and wipe spills off the kitchen tiles.
A capful of chlorine bleach in a sink full of hot, soapy water is ideal for disinfecting cutting boards, countertops, and food preparation areas.
Common Living Areas
The Living Room: Vacuum the carpet and sweep and mop underneath it. Dust the wood and wipe clean the upholstery of the living room furniture. For serious stains and spills on upholstery, fill out a Maintenance Request Form at the Front Desk.
Hallways: Sweep and mop the floors, and wipe all baseboards to remove dust and dirt.
Windows: Clean interior glass windows with a glass cleaner (e.g., Windex).
Entrance Way: Clean the floor and walls in this area. In some suites, a mat has been provided on which wet or dirty shoes and boots should be left. Keep this mat in the corridor for both you and your guests.
Suite Door: Do not put anything on your suite door – use your suite bulletin board for messages.
Storage Closet: Sweep and mop the floor. Keep it tidy and do not use it as a garbage room. Do not stockpile empty bottles here, but return them for a refund on a regular basis.
You are solely responsible for the cleaning of your bedroom. You should regularly vacuum your carpet, dust and clean all furniture, and dispose of garbage.
Make sure you wash the mattress pad that came with your bed whenever you wash your bed linens. Use a bit of bleach in the wash to keep it clean.
Please note: Little cracks, pinholes, and fissures in the ceiling are normal; they are not damage, but are marks left from when the concrete was poured. However, attaching anything to the ceiling (including stickers, posters, tape, and mirror balls) will cause paint damage for which you will be responsible for the cost of repair.
Unfortunately, high density populations are occasionally subject to pest outbreaks including bed bugs. With the declining use of pesticides coupled with increased exposure due to travel, outbreaks of bed bug infestation have been occurring at fine hotels, college/university residences, and hostels across Canada and the U.S.
Sometimes bed bugs are unknowingly brought to the residence by a student in their luggage. If you suspect your room has bed bugs, please contact the Front Desk right away. We will take actions to investigate and, if the presence of bed bugs is confirmed, we will involve a professionally-licensed pest control company to treat the problem. To reduce the likelihood of further infestation, we will check adjacent rooms as well.
As a resident, your cooperation and active participation in dealing with the treatment will also be required. This includes, among other things, laundering your linen and clothing using as hot a washing/drying cycle as possible. We will steam clean the carpet in your room, which will require you to move your personal belongings in order to provide access.
Please note that, should bed bugs be confirmed, no refund or reduction of residence fees will occur and you will not be relocated due to the increased risk of spreading the pest. Bed bug eradication is often a lengthy process and it may take repeated actions to treat the problem in your room.
Bed bugs are small insects that feed on human blood, particularly at night. Bed bugs can enter your home on furniture, clothing, and other fabrics. Bed bugs are uncommon at the University but, because they can be picked up almost anywhere, infestations can occur.
If you believe you may have a bed bug infestation in your bedroom or suite, please complete a Maintenance Form at Front Desk immediately. If this occurs outside regular business hours, consult your Residence Don.