Cleaning Obligations – University of Copenhagen

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Cleaning Obligations

It is your responsibility to keep your room and any shared facilities clean and tidy. Remember that cleaning supplies are at your own expense. We suggest you set up a meeting for everybody in your residence in the beginning of the semester to set up a cleaning schedule.

Daily cleaning

If you live in a residence with shared kitchen/bathrooms/lounge, there are some things that you should be aware of:

Kitchen

  • Do your dishes as soon as you have finished cooking and eating. 
  • Clean the counters (and dining table) when you have finished cooking and eating.
  • If you have used the stove or oven, clean it after use.
  • Sweep the kitchen floor.
  • Garbage dispose of your garbage in the assigned waste areas on a regular basis to avoid pests and bad odour and keep your home environment healthy.
  • De-ice your freezing compartment and keep your fridge clean.
  • Descale your taps.
  • Pour boiling water in the sinks to help prevent clogging.

Toilets & bathrooms

  • The toilet and bathroom sink should be cleaned every day for your own sake.
  • The shower should be dried after each use. Swipe the water from the walls and floor.
  • Please make sure you remove hair, lint etc. from your shower and sink drains in the bathroom regularly so they do not become blocked. You remove the covering grid and pull out the hair by hand (use plastic gloves).
  • Bathroom floors should be washed.
  • Descale your taps, shower room, and tiles.
  • Showers should be decalcified using a calcium remover (i.e. “Minus Kalk”) every month or so.

General Home cleaning:

  • Air your room at least once daily to avoid dampness.
  • Make sure you dry up any spillage of water or liquids so they do not cause damage to floors or cause flooding.
  • Carpets/Floors should be vacuumed. Generally, vacuum cleaners are supplied.
  • Vinyl floors should be washed.

Common Rooms:

You are all required to participate in common area cleaning and keep to a cleaning schedule (particularly if you are living in a dorm with common rooms). If you continuously fail to do so, a professional cleaning crew can ultimately be sent at your expense.

How to get rid of calcium 

Allowing calcium to build up in your kitchen/bathroom is not a pretty sight. Getting rid of calcium can be tricky because if you use harsh chemicals incorrectly, it can look worse. Here is a guide on how to remove calcium safely. 

How to address odours

If you experience a bad smell coming from the drain or slow drainage, you must clean out the drain and poor a bucket of boiling water with “Klorin” into it.

If you still get an actual blockage; you may use ‘afløbsrens’ which can be bought at any supermarket. Pour half a bottle into the drain before you go to bed and leave it overnight. The drain will most often be clear for flow in the morning.

If these methods do not work, you are required to act if the drains clog and you may not use the shower if the water pours out of the shower area in any way. You are responsible for any damages to the floors which may occur because of such neglect.

Instances where you will be charged

The following professionals may be called to your residence if you do not observe your cleaning responsibilities.

Pest control

An unclean residence can develop into a serious health hazard. Pests come about because of un-cleanliness, food leftovers in the garbage etc. There have been incidences where cockroaches and other pests have had to be removed by professional pest control, because rooms have been neglected and hygiene completely compromised.

Cleaners

Since you have a responsbility to keep your apartment clean as well as common areas, the UCPH Housing Foundation reserves the right to send in cleaners at your expense, if it is needed.

Recycling

In Denmark we recycle as much as possible.

Bottles and cans should be returned to the supermarket where they have recycling-automats for them. Remember that you pay a deposit for bottles/cans when you purchase them, which is returned to you when you return the bottles/cans. The bottles will be marked with the letter A, B, or C which indicates the deposit value.

Other glass bottles can be disposed of in special containers. Newspapers, magazines, etc. are also recycled. Typically, where your trash containers are located, you will find specific containers for glass, cardboard, and paper.

Below are the Danish designations:

  • Brændbart = regular (kitchen) waste.
  • Pap = cardboard
  • Papir = paper
  • Glas = glass