1. Internal Departmental Space Cleaning
  2. Garbage and Recycling
  3. Custodial Cleaning Frequencies

Facilities Management and Planning (FMP) will continue to clean public spaces (e.g. corridors, elevators, washrooms) with enhanced frequency and will concentrate additional efforts on high-touch services and common spaces where staff, faculty and students are working and studying. FMP will continue to evaluate and assess cleanable spaces to maintain public health cleaning guidelines.

FMP’s robust cleaning strategy includes:

  • Targeted service areas
  • Emergency response
  • Focused disinfectant program
  • Specialized cleaning technologies and equipment.

FMP has made improvements to pre-COVID-19 custodial staffing levels:

  • 31% increase currently in place
  • 102% increase is planned before in-person classes and activities resume in the fall

Internal Departmental Space Cleaning

Custodial staff will clean internal departmental spaces (such as departmental offices, administration offices, graduate offices and teaching assistant offices) on a daily basis.

Employees are responsible to clean their personal workstation (including desk surface, chair, keyboard, computer peripherals, etc.).

High-touch shared equipment within offices and departmental spaces such as photocopiers, fridges and microwaves are not cleaned by custodial staff and should be wiped down by employees with a disinfectant wipe before and after use.

Please review our cleaning and disinfection website for cleaning and disinfection guidelines.

Individual office spaces are cleaned by custodial staff with varying frequencies depending on serviceability. Should a department or unit require a change in the service of these spaces, a service request can be made with the FMP Service Centre (613-520-3668, fmp.service.centre@carleton.ca) and FMP will review the requirements and work with the department or unit to reach a solution.

Garbage and Recycling

To improve upon Carleton’s sustainability initiatives, individual garbage and recycling containers within internal departmental spaces will no longer be emptied by custodial staff. Centralized waste collection containers are being provided in the common areas of all buildings. The centralized waste collection containers include four (4) streams; waste, paper, recycling and organics.

Employees are asked to sort and dispose of their waste in centralized containers. This initiative helps Carleton align with our Strive for Sustainability as part of the Strategic Integrated Plan.

Custodial Cleaning Frequencies

Area – Entrances / Corridors Frequency
Door / Glass / Handles / Pinpads Daily
Walls / Floors / Garbage Daily
Floor Edging / Dusting Weekly

Area – Washrooms Frequency
Toilet/Urinals/Sinks Daily
Mirror/Countertops/Garbage Daily
Walls/Doors/Partitions Daily

Area – Classroom / Study Spaces Frequency
Whiteboard/Chalkboard Daily
Tabletops/Work Surfaces/Chairs Daily
Doors/Light Switches/Handles Daily
Garbage/Recycling Daily
Floors/Walls/Countertops Daily
Sinks/Lavatories Daily
Dusting Weekly

Internal departmental spaces will be cleaned on a daily basis.

Individual office spaces are cleaned with varying frequencies depending on serviceability. Should a department or unit require a change in the service of these spaces, a service request can be made with the FMP Service Centre (613-520-3668, fmp.service.centre@carleton.ca) and FMP will review the requirements and work with the department or unit to reach a solution.