Taking Care of Your Home

Having your own living space is exciting but it also entails some responsibilities for you and your roommate(s). The Roommate Agreement allows you to create a cleaning schedule with your roommate(s) to properly take care of your space. Keeping your apartment or room clean will help reduce roommate conflicts and maintenance problems, especially when you check out at the end of the year or leave for breaks. Our staff will do safety checks over the winter break, so you will want to be sure that you are properly taking care of your space.

Housekeeping & Maintenance

For health, safety, and pest control reasons, please keep your room or apartment clean. It is strongly recommended that showers, toilets, ovens, stoves, and carpets be cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis. Cleaning on a regular basis will help you avoid excessive cleaning at the end of the year and unnecessary cleaning charges.

If repairs are needed in your room or apartment, please complete our online maintenance request.

If maintenance workers have to enter your room or apartment to make requested repairs when you are not present, maintenance personnel will leave a signed form to let you know that they entered your residence.

End-of-the-Year Closing Procedures

To avoid charges, make sure the following applicable measures are taken prior to you and your roommate(s) departure. We strongly recommend you and your roommates discuss what responsibilities belong to each individual with the use of the "Responsibilities for Cleaning Form" issued to all residents.

We recommend non-abrasive cleaners, liquid detergents, and dry powder detergents for cleaning. Be sure to always follow the instructions on the label.

End-of-the-Year Closing Checklist:

  1. Carpets/Floors:
    • Vacuum carpets.
    • Sweep and mop tile/vinyl flooring.
  2. Surfaces (cupboards, countertops, medicine cabinents, shelfs, and vainities)/Furniture (desks, dressers, chairs, and sofas)
    • Dust and wipe inside and out.
    • Remove cushions from sofa and chairs and vacuum. Clean spots from upholstery with a damp cloth or cleaner.
  3. Bathroom/Vainity Area
    • Clean toilet inside and out.
    • Clean mirror, shower, and sink.
  4. Walls
    • Remove all tape and/or poster putty.
    • Wipe down, as needed.
  5. Tack Strips/Corkboards
    • Remove all tacks and nails.
    • Wipe down, as needed.
  6. Recycling Bins/Waste Baskets
    • Remove all trash and recyclables from your room.
    • Clean bins inside and out.
  7. Windows
    • Clean windows and remove any window clings
    • Close and latch all windows.
    • Close blinds or curtains.
  8. Closet/Storage Areas
    • Vacuum/sweep floor.
    • Any residence hall closet doors that were removed MUST be properly re-installed.
    • Any dressers placed in closets must be removed and place in the main part of the room.
  9. Kitchens (Applies for Apartments only)
    • Remove all items from refrigerator and clean inside and out.
    • Turn refrigerator to lowest cooling level, but do not turn off. Leave refrigerator plugged in with the doors shut.
    • Clean outside of stove/oven. Leave the unit plugged in.
    • Clean inside of oven thoroughly.
    • You can find in-depth oven and stove cleaning instructions for Private Room Apartments and Shared Room Apartments here.
  10. Remove all personal belonings and check-out. Failure to check out will result in $50 fine.


Your personal property is not covered by University insurance. Examples include, but are not limited to, personal belongings that are: stolen; placed in storage; damaged by clothes washers/dryers, smoke/fire, or water; or left in your room after checkout. Renter's or homeowner's insurance is strongly recommended. Please consult with your insurance agent prior to residing on campus

Should something need repair in your room or apartment, be sure to submit an online maintenance request in order to allow our maintenance staff to assist you. Don't leave damage unreported until winter break or until the end of the year. There is no cost for repair of normal wear and tear items. For emergency situations, contact your Resident Assistant or the Community Center at 920-465-2040.

Oven Cleaning: Private Room Apartments

Important Note:

  • If the oven is set to bake or broil, and then the temperature control knob is set to CLEAN, it will not start the clean cycle until START is pressed again.
  • Do not force the oven door open. This can damage the automatic door locking system. Use caution when opening the door after self-cleaning is completed. The oven may still be very hot. Stand to the side of the oven when opening the door to allow hot air or steam to escape.
  • A Self-cleaning oven heats to a very high temperature to burn off baked-on spatters. Read the following instructions carefully. Allow about four hours for the complete cleaning process.


Some pre-cleaning is necessary before setting the oven for the self-cleaning cycle. Do not use commercial oven cleaners or oven protective coatings in or around any part of the self-cleaning oven. The woven gasket on the oven door is essential for a good seal. Care should be taken not to rub, damage or move the gasket. Do not use any cleaning materials on the gasket, as doing so may damage it.

  1. Remove any pans, utensils or tin foil from oven; remove any items that are near the vent openings because heat and vapor are vented through this area during the self-cleaning cycle. The oven vents through the left rear surface element.
  2. Wipe up excess grease and spills from the oven bottom using hot, soapy water to remove any light soil from the oven frame and door liner (area outside the oven seal). These surfaces are not cleaned during the 
    self-cleaning cycle, but become very hot.
  3. Clean the inside window with hot, soapy water and a nylon net scrubber. 
    Rinse and dry. Remove oven racks and clean by hand. If left in oven, the racks 
    will be come dull and blue-gray in color due to exposure to high heat. Never 
    attempt to clean the drip pans by placing them in the oven during the cleaning 

What to expect during cleaning:

While the cycle is in operation, the oven heats to temperatures higher than those used in normal cooking. Sounds of metal expansion and contractions are normal. Odor is also normal as the food soil is being removed. Smoke may appear through the oven vent. A smoke eliminator in the oven vent converts most of the soil into a colorless vapor. However, if heavy spillovers are not wiped up before cleaning, they may flame and cause more smoke and odor than usual. This is normal and safe, and should not cause alarm. Use exhaust fan during self-cleaning cycle. 
To start the controls for self-cleaning cycle to start immediately and shut off automatically:

  1. Close the oven door, set control knob to clean.
  2. Be sure the clock shows correct time of day.

To Start the Self-Cleaning Cycle

The oven can be programmed to run a 2 or 3 hour self-cleaning cycle. We recommend a 2 hour self-clean cycle for light soils and a 3 hour cycle for average to heavy soils (to assure satisfactory results). 
To Set the Controls:

  1. Be sure that the oven door is closed.
  2. Turn Temperature Control Knob to CLEAN or press the CLEAN button.
  3. Push START. “3:00” will appear on the display. (The oven will automatically program a 3 hour clean cycle).
  4. If you want a 2 hour clean cycle, press the DOWN ARROW. “2:00” will appear in the display.
  5. If the door is left open, the “Lock” indicator light will flash and “dr” will glow in the display, but the lock motor and clean cycle will not start. As soon as the controls are set and the door is closed, the motor driven lock will begin to close automatically and the “lock” indicator will flash. “CLn” will appear and remain in the display until the cleaning cycle is completed or cancelled. DO NOT open the door while the light is flashing (it takes about 15 seconds for the lock to close).
  6. Press START at any time during the self-clean cycle to review remaining cleaning time. When the Self-Clean Cycle is Completed.

After the Self-Cleaning Cycle Ends

  1. The time of day will appear in the display window and the “lock” indicator light will continue to glow.
  2. Once the oven has cooled down for about 1hour and the “lock” indicator light has gone completely out (and is not flashing), the oven door can be opened.

Stopping or Interrupting a Self-Cleaning Cycle

If it becomes necessary to stop or interrupt a self-cleaning cycle:

  1. Turn Temperature Control Knob to OFF or press the CLEAR/OFF button.
  2. Once the oven light has cooled down for about 1 hour.

Oven Cleaning: Shared Room Apartments

Some tips for cleaning:

  • • Be careful to not pull the heat element out.
  • • If you need instruction contact the Office of Residence Life.
  • • Please do not clean the oven racks on the concrete outside of your apartment unless you use plastic trash bags to protect the concrete and building from the cleaning chemicals.
  • • If you use oven cleaner, avoid getting it on the enamel surfaces because it will stain.
  • • Follow directions on the oven cleaner. Make sure the room is ventilated and avoid breathing fumes.

A good commercial cleaner such as Easy-Off will make this job less difficult. Be cautious to not let oven cleaner drip on the outside of the range, as it will damage the finish, flooring, counter tops or other surfaces.

Cleaning the Oven Hood:

The hood over your stove filters cooking smoke and steam from the air and needs periodic cleaning to remain effective. To clean:

  1. Remove wing nuts from the front plate.
  2. Gently pull plate from hood vent.
  3. Clean the hood. If you're using a degreasing spray, don't spray directly on the hood - spray on your cloth.
  4. Replace all parts.

Cleaning the Stove Top:

The stove top needs regular cleaning. Drip pans under the burners should be cleaned at least monthly. By covering them with aluminum foil, you'll save hours of cleaning. To clean drip pans:

  1. Turn off power at circuit breaker.
  2. Lift the burner up carefully. Don't force it.
  3. Remove the drip pans and soak in strong detergent; use a stiff brush for particles. 
    If you use spray oven cleaner, do this outdoors.
  4. Dry the clean pans, replace them, lower the burner, and reset the circuit breaker.