Issuu on Google+

Even M.O.R.E. News ISSUE 3

NOVEMBER 2013

The Life Lessons Program (LLP) at McGill Residences So much to learn, more than just academics at McGill Residences….. Inside this issue:

Tips for a Cleaner Home !

2

Home Made All purpose Cleaner Recipe

3

Cleaning Common Areas

3

Bird Tip of the Day

3

Vacuums and Cleaning Plan

4

Cleaning Bathrooms

5

Cleaning Kitchens and Stoves

6-7

Now that you’ve all settled in and classes are well into their semester, life in residences is an integral part of your daily student experience. What things are you realizing you are doing for the first time in your life ? Living in residences means also taking care of your new home as well. This issue focuses on things you need to know so that your home remains clean, healthy and a positive place to live in !

FOLLOW ME !!!! http://twitter.com/#!/ McGillRezLLProg http://www.youtube.com/ McGRezLifeLessons “McGill Rez Operations' Life Lessons Program” facebook page

Let us know if there’s tasks you wish to know about or learn about…. With the cooler weather, our Trades dept. has commenced turning on the heating in our buildings. Give the heating systems some time to adjust, and let us know if there is any issues you need addressed! We’re here to support you in your home away from home…..

Life Lessons…...making your building a better home and community


PAGE

2

Being organized and having a clean & well kept home space results in an environment supportive of academic success!

It’s a clean sweep ! Now that you are well moved in , let’s keep that wonderful space you call home clean, safe and a positive place to live in !

Tips for a Cleaner home Clean smaller areas over a span of the week to lessen the amount of work to be done each time.

McGill Residences

LIFE LESSONS PROGRAM

Where do I start?

Make a schedule of tasks to be done. Do not fall behind…. When cleaning is a regular event, it’s easier to keep things spic and span and MUCH easier to clean as well !

Divide up the work between your roommate(s) and yourself. Remove garbage often from your residence, that

Have some music on the background to motivate you and help you move whilst cleaning !

way it won’t stink up the kitchen or bathroom !

Remove garbage DAILY from your kitchen / bathroom waste and composting bins Clean room = clean study area = better environment to succeed in your studies!

EVEN

M.O.R.E.

NEWS


I S S U E

PAGE

3

3

Some Make Your Own All-Purpose Fantastic Cleaner: CHEAP& EFFECTIVE!

I am concerned about the

1. Mix 1/2 cup vinegar & 1/4 cup ides…. baking soda into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water.

environment. Can I purchase

Store and keep. Use for removal of water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc.

or make my own environmentally friendly

F.A.Q. ABOUT CLEANING

cleaning solutions?

WHO CLEANS THE COMMON SHARED AREAS ? Our contractor Peace Cleaning does periodic preventative cleaning in our common areas of M.O.R.E. houses ( > 4 students) at a frequency of 1X/wk for grads and 2X/week for undergrads. The rest of the time it is students in the residences that clean on a daily basis. In apts, student do their own cleaning at all times….

Red Bird tip of the day! Check out our video of how to keep your residence clean….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sbOPH0xmvo EVEN

M.O.R.E.

NEWS

McGill Residences


PAGE

4

Keeping a clean home…..

F.A.Q. ABOUT CLEANING

In M.O.R.E. Houses students clean the bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, common areas, etc. daily

Tenants are able to use the central vacuums located in each of the M.O.R.E. houses to vacuum their own bedrooms and even the common areas. Note that McGill Residences

our staff do NOT clean bedrooms and this is the responsibility of our tenants to clean their rooms.

LIFE LESSONS PROGRAM

Have a cleaning plan Begin from the point furthest away from the door and “clean your way out of the house”. Having a plan focuses your efforts and prevents you from getting off-task, meaning you don't waste time and you do a better job.

My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance. —Erma Bombeck-

(Excerpt taken from www.Canadianliving.com)

EVEN

M.O.R.E.

NEWS


PAGE

5

HOW TO CLEAN BATHROOMS In the M.O.R.E houses, our bathrooms are cleaned weekly by our cleaning contractor Peace Maintenance. However, tenants living in the M.O.R.E. houses are expected to perform daily cleaning tasks to keep the bathrooms in safe, hygienic cleanliness in between these maintenance cleanings. Those living in M.O.R.E.’s apartment style buildings have to clean their bathrooms themselves through the whole year.

One of the bathrooms in M.O.R.E. Apartments on Pine ave.

M.O.R.E. Houses bathrooms: Sinks, counters and mirrors must be wiped dry after each use. (use a cleaner for this purpose if there is some soap scum or toothpaste, etc.) Showers after each use should be rinsed, then wiped dry. Tip You can use a squigee to keep it easily clean in between the cleaning done by our contractor. Floors should have items dropped on them picked up and broomed several times a week. (brooms are located in storage rooms or areas in the houses. )

M.O.R.E. Apartments: For those living in the apartment buildings in M.O.R.E., bathroom cleaning is done by YOU ! Tip Here’s a link that gives you instructions on how best to clean your bathroom, as well as a video to watch: http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-a-Bathroom Greenbriar Apartments

Need some service for your room? Is your toilet blocked? Shower draining too slowly ? M.O.R.E. & Graduate Housing Operations Office CONTACT INFO

Is your high ceiling light burnt ? Your bed frame broken ? Call our office 514-398-6050, 8 am until 4:15 p.m. weekdays or email us at housingofficer.residences@mcgill.ca

FOR EMERGENCIES ON WEEKENDS AND AFTER HOURS CALL

514-398-3000 CAMPUS EMERGENCY

EVEN

M.O.R.E.

NEWS


PAGE

6

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR STOVE

A CLEAN STOVE AND OVEN REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE

What You Need Materials sponge or cleaning cloth dish soap scrub brush kitchen towel

You should clean your stove quickly after each use and once biweekly as per instructions below (if done regularly, it’s really easy!) 1. If you can remove the grates and knobs, do. Set them aside in the sink. 2. Squirt a very small drop of dishwashing liquid onto a sponge or cloth. Wet, then squeeze out most of the water. You need some soap to cut the grease, but you don't want swimming pools of water dripping into crevices.

TIP! Cleaning regularly and OFTEN reduces the amount of work overall! Try wiping and keeping the stove clean after each time you cook !

3. Wipe and scrub away the grease splatters and spilled sauces, rewetting and re-soaping your sponge if necessary. Don't worry about soapy residue. This step is for loosening all the dirt. 4. Rinse your sponge so that the water runs clear (no cloudy, greasy water, which can stick around). 5. With long strokes, wipe away the soap. Rinse the sponge as often as necessary, so you're left with a clean surface. 6. Use a clean, dry kitchen towel to buff away the water streaks. If you have stainless steel, wipe in the direction of the grain. 7. Buff, buff, buff the shiny surfaces until they are streak-free, getting all water out of the corners. 8. Use a soapy scrub brush to clean the grates in the sink. (We don't do this every time we cook, maybe once every couple of weeks.) 9. Scrub the grease off of the knobs.

10. Let your grates and knobs dry completely before placing back onto the stove. 11. Make sure you wipe down the oven handle; grease lands there, too! source: www.thekitchn.com

EVEN

M.O.R.E.

NEWS


Towel Tips For Cleaning your Kitchen

Kitchen Cleaning To-Do List

When cleaning the kitchen always start with the sink. "Keep it empty and shining,"

A sparkling sink becomes your kitchen's benchmark for hygiene and tidiness, and keep counters, refrigerator doors, and the stove top spick-and-span, too.

Every Day Wipe down the sink after doing the dishes Wipe down the stove top (one minute). Wipe down the counters (one minute).

Shiny Sink 101 1.

Fill sink to the rim with

very hot water; add one cup regular bleach. Soak for one hour. 2. Drain and rinse thoroughly.

Sweep, Swiffer, or vacuum the floor (two minutes).

3. Scrub with Ajax, Bon Ami, or baking soda.

Every Week Mop the floor (five minutes). Wipe the cabinets, backsplashes, and appliances (10 mins). Wash the dish rack (four minutes). Wipe the switch plates and phone (one minute).

4. Be sure to rinse thoroughly. 5. Shine with Windex or another glass-cleaning spray. Dry thoroughly.

Wipe the inside of the garbage can (one minute). Every Season Empty and scrub down the inside of the refrigerator (30 mins). Empty and clean the insides of the utensil drawers (15 mins). Scrub down the cupboard exteriors (30 mins). Clean the stove-hood filter (10 mins). Perform "Shiny Sink 101"

EVEN

M.O.R.E.

NEWS


PAGE

8

Even M.O.R.E. News

http://twitter.com/#!/McGillRezLLProg http://www.youtube.com/McGRezLifeLessons

“McGill Rez Operations' Life Lessons Program” facebook page

LIFE LESSONS PROGRAM

Caption describing picture or CONTACTgraphic. INFORMATION

Helen Dicso , Program Coordinator Tel. 514-398-3318 Helen.dicso@mcgill.ca Want more info or supports? Ideas? OFFICE HOURS 8:15 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.

Next issue: coming in December 2013 What to do if you leave your residence during the holidays, travelling tips, bed bugs, holidays decorations and fire safety, and M.O.R.E.! EVEN

M.O.R.E.

NEWS


Even M.O.R.E. News 2013 2014 issue 3