Living with uS: How to keep your shared kitchen clean

02 Oct 2019
By Unite Students, Staff writer at The Common Room

Staying on top of cleaning reduces the risk of infestation, damage, and disease in your flat. It makes your flat a nice place to live and helps avoid arguments.

In this guide, you’ll find out how to organise and do the cleaning with your flatmates.

How to clean your kitchen and pass your inspections

As part of your tenancy agreement, you’re responsible for keeping your shared kitchen and lounge clean. But we’ll do all we can to help, and our regular inspections are part of that.

We’ll visit every couple of weeks (we’ll always give you notice) to check everything is clean, safe and working. And if there’s room for improvement, we’ll support you and your flatmates to get there.

Here’s our 6-step guide to a constantly-clean kitchen:

  • Take out your rubbish and recycling every day
  • Wash up straight after you eat so it doesn’t build up
  • Clean the hobs and inside the oven after you cook
  • Wipe down your fridge, freezer, and microwave often
  • Wipe down all worktops and surfaces after you cook or eat
  • Vacuum and then mop your kitchen floor at least weekly

How to use your cleaning rota

We’ll pin up a blank cleaning rota in your kitchen. The rota is the key to working together to keep the place clean. All it takes is four simple steps:

  1. Make a list of the regular cleaning tasks that need to be done
  2. Decide with your flatmates who’s doing what, and on which day
  3. Write each task for each person in the relevant day column
  4. Do your tasks on the relevant day, and tick the box when you’re done
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