Its that time of the year when carpets need to be beaten and dust bunnies need to be chased away. And who knows how to do spring cleaning better than Penns facilities and housekeeping staff? You could learn a thing or two from these pros. At the Current we want only the meanest disinfectant and the best scrubbing techniques, but we dont want to kill ourselves in the process, so were paying heed to those tips on handling chemicals. Hey, its is a dirty job, but somebodys got to do it.
Sansom Place East
Throw all the old pizza away. Throw away all unwanted things youre going to get rid of. Start early. Dont leave it for us.
Kings Court/English College House
You have to dust, then you disinfect because theres lots of germs from nine months. You really have to clean the refrigerator. Ajax. Ovens are real nasty. Tubs have to be scrubbed. Its a lot of work. Windows, carpets, mopped, waxed, furniture shampooed. A lot of things have to be replaced. Rooms here have to be stripped.
Wipe doors down in between the jambs. The best way to clean a rug is to use a steamer.
Dont ever mix ammonia with bleach.
Put some disinfectant in a spray bottle, dilute it with water. Spray in a small area and make sure the paint doesnt come off. Make sure you read the bottles. And proper ventilation. Always wear gloves because it could eat through your hands. When youre all done, go get yourself a pizza and beer and relax.
How bads the room? After you spray, close the door and let the chemicals work. Same for ovens. When youre mopping, start in the farthest corner and mop backwards so that you dont have to walk over it.
Disinfectant is a real big thing. You have to wear gloves. Never mix chemicals. If theres a stain in ovens, microwaves, use a substance and let it sit.
Get lots of rest the day before. Dont dress too heavy. Wash your hands all the time. Number one is wear gloves. Gloves and rest and music. If youre tired already, you might as well not begin. Always have someone to back you up.
Drink plenty of water. If you have allergies, wear a mask.
Kim Slonaker and Faye Iosotaluno
Originally published on April 11, 2002