Cleaning Standards

UAlberta Cleaning Standards

Our cleaning staff and contractors follow APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities Standards to provide quality cleaning services across UAlberta's campuses.

For detailed information about our standard cleaning practices and frequencies, choose from the drop down list:

  • Corridors, Elevators & Entrances

    All surfaces are clean but on close inspection dust, smudges, and fingerprints may be noticeable. Floors and baseboards are clean but slight dirt and dust may be present. There is no build-up of any kind in the corners or along the walls. Carpets are clean and stain-free; there may be some dust or debris present. Waste containers are clean, odour-free, and have clean liners.

    Cleaning Details

    Daily: Auto-scrub floors (main corridors); sweep, dust-mop, and damp-mop floors; clean baseboards; vacuum carpets; clean lockers (exterior); dust high surfaces (up to eight feet); dust, clean, and disinfect flat surfaces; dust furniture and seating; clean touch points, door handles, and light switches; spot clean walls, doors and, partitions; clean water fountains; wipe tables and seating; empty waste containers

    As required: Spot clean carpets; dust vents; clean trash containers

    Annually: Strip and refinish floors

  • Lockers & Change Rooms

    Floors and baseboards are bright and clean; colours are fresh. Vertical and horizontal surfaces look freshly cleaned or polished. There is no build-up in corners. The lights work and fixtures are clean. Washroom fixtures and tiles gleam. Adequate cleaning supplies are on-hand. Trash containers contain only daily waste. There may be up to two days of dust, dirt, stains, or streaks. 

    Cleaning Details

    Daily: Auto-scrub floors (main corridors); sweep, dust-mop, and damp-mop floors; vacuum carpet; clean lockers (exterior); dust high surfaces (up to eight feet); dust, clean, and disinfect flat surfaces; dust furniture; clean touch points, door handles, and light switches; spot clean walls, doors and, partitions; clean water fountains; clean and disinfect sinks, toilets, showers, and urinals; empty waste containers 

    As required: Spot clean carpets; dust vents; clean waste containers

    Annually: Strip and refinish floors; dust blinds

  • Lounges, Kitchens & Lunch Rooms

    All surfaces are clean but upon close observation dust, smudges and fingerprints may be noticeable. Floors are clean but slight dust and dirt may be present. There is no build-up of any kind in corners or along walls. Trash cans are clean, odour-free, and have clean liners. 

    Cleaning Details

    Daily: Sweep, dust-mop, and damp-mop floors; vacuum carpet and straighten furniture; clean mirrors; dust high surfaces (up to eight feet); dust, clean, and disinfect flat surfaces; empty waste containers

    As required: Spot clean carpets; dust vents

    Annually: Strip and refinish floors; dust blinds

  • Main Stairways

    All surfaces are clean but upon close inspection dust, smudges, and fingerprints may be noticeable. Floors and baseboards are clean but slight dirt and dust may be present. There is no build-up of any kind in the corners or along the walls.

    Cleaning Details

    Daily: Sweep, dust-mop, and damp-mop floors

    Weekly: Dust high surfaces (up to eight feet); dust, clean, and disinfect flat surfaces; clean touch points, door handles, and light switches; spot clean walls, doors, and partitions

    As required: Dust vents

  • Offices

    All surfaces are clean but upon close inspection an accumulation of dust, smudges and fingerprints may be noticeable. Floors are clean with adequate floor finish present but upon close observation dirt, dust, stains, and streaks may be present. There may be a moderate build-up of dirt in corners and along walls. Carpeted areas may have a moderate accumulation of dust, dirt, and debris present. Fresh, removable stains may be present. Waste containers are clean, odour-free, and have clean liners; there may be one to five days of trash present. 

    Cleaning Details

    Bi-weekly: Sweep, dust-mop, and damp-mop floors; vacuum carpet and straighten furniture; dust high surfaces (up to eight feet); dust, clean, and disinfect flat surfaces; dust furniture and seating; clean touch points, door handles, and light switches; spot clean walls, doors, and partitions; wipe tables and seating; empty waste containers

    As required: Spot clean carpets; dust vents; clean trash containers

    Annually: Strip and refinish floors; dust blinds 

     

  • Patient Treatment Rooms

    All surfaces are clean but on close inspection dust, smudges, and fingerprints may be noticeable. Floors and baseboards are clean but slight dirt and dust may be present. There is no build-up of any kind in the corners or along the walls. Carpets are clean and stain-free; there may be some dust or debris present. All washroom fixtures are odour-free; there may be evidence of daily usage (splashed basin and mirrors or spots on toilet) but daily cleaning is evident. Shower walls and drains are clean and odour-free; there may be evidence of daily usage (water marks, hair in drains), but daily cleaning is evident. Washroom supplies are adequate. Waste containers are clean, odour-free, and have clean liners.

    Cleaning Details

    Daily: Sweep, dust-mop, and damp-mop floors; clean baseboards; vacuum carpets; dust high surfaces (up to eight feet); dust, clean, and disinfect flat surfaces; dust furniture and seating; clean touch points, door handles, and light switches; spot clean walls, doors, and partitions; wipe tables and seating; empty waste containers; restock dispensers, soap, and toilet paper; clean and disinfect patient table; clean and disinfect sinks; clean and disinfect toilets, shower and urinals

    As required: Spot clean carpets; dust vents; clean trash containers

    Annually: Strip and refinish floors; dust blinds

  • Recreational Studios, Gyms & Courts

    All surfaces are clean but upon close inspection an accumulation of dust, smudges, and fingerprints may be noticeable. Floors are clean with adequate floor finish present but upon close observation dirt, dust, stains, and streaks may be present. There may be a moderate build-up of dirt in corners and along walls. Waste containers are clean, odour-free, and have clean liners.

    Cleaning Details

    Daily: Sweep, dust-mop, and damp-mop floors; dust high surfaces (up to eight feet); dust, clean, and disinfect flat surfaces; clean water fountains, empty waste containers

    As required: Dust vents

  • Research Labs

    All surfaces are clean but upon close inspection an accumulation of dust, smudges, and fingerprints may be noticeable. Floors are clean with adequate floor finish present but upon close observation dirt, dust, stains, and streaks may be present. There may be a moderate build-up of dirt in corners and along walls. Waste containers are clean, odour-free, and have clean liners; there may be one to five days of trash present. Lab sinks are not cleaned.

    Cleaning Details

    Daily: Dust, clean, and disinfect flat surfaces; dust furniture and seating

    Weekly: Sweep, dust-mop, and damp-mop floors; clean touch points, door handles, and light switches; spot clean walls, doors, and partitions; empty waste containers

    As required: Dust vents

    Annually: Strip and refinish floors

  • Teaching Areas, Libraries & Reception Areas

    All surfaces are clean but on close inspection dust, smudges and fingerprints may be noticeable. Floors and baseboards are clean but slight dirt and dust may be present. There is no build-up of any kind in the corners or along the walls. Carpets are clean and stain-free; there may be some dust or debris present. Waste containers are clean, odour-free, and have clean liners.

    Cleaning Details

    Daily: Clean chalkboards and trays; empty pencil sharpeners; sweep, dust-mop, and damp-mop floors; clean baseboards; vacuum carpets; dust high surfaces (up to eight feet); dust, clean, and disinfect flat surfaces; dust furniture and seating; clean touch points, door handles, and light switches; spot clean walls, doors, and partitions; wipe tables and seating; empty waste containers

    As required: Spot clean carpets; dust flat surfaces; clean trash containers

    Annually: Strip and refinish floors; dust blinds; dust vents

  • Washrooms

    All surfaces are clean but on close inspection dust, smudges, and fingerprints may be noticeable. Floors and baseboards are clean but slight dirt and dust may be present. There is no build-up of any kind in the corners or along the walls. Carpets are clean and stain-free; there may be some dust or debris present. All fixtures are odour-free; there may be evidence of daily usage (splashed basin and mirrors or spots on toilet) but daily cleaning is evident. Shower walls and drains are clean and odour-free; there may be evidence of daily usage (water marks, hair in drains) but daily cleaning is evident. Washroom supplies are adequate. Waste containers are clean, odour-free, and have clean liners.

    Cleaning Details

    Daily: Sweep, dust-mop, and damp-mop floors; clean lockers (exterior); clean mirrors; dust high surfaces (up to eight feet); dust, clean, and disinfect flat surfaces; dust furniture and seating; restock dispensers, soap, and toilet paper; clean touch points, door handles, and light switches; spot clean walls, doors, and partitions; clean water fountains; clean and disinfect sinks; clean and disinfect toilets, showers, and urinals; empty waste containers

    As required: Dust vents; clean waste containers

    Annually: Strip and refinish floors

Customized Custodial Services 

Our team can customize your custodial services to best fit your department or faculty, providing a level above standard that will fit your department's budget. If you would like to arrange cleaning services beyond our current cleaning standards, please contact your area supervisor.