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Standard Operating Procedures for Housekeeping

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Standard Operating Procedures for Housekeeping


Whether performing professional or personal housekeeping duties, certain standard procedures ensure housekeeping work is done in a timely and orderly fashion. A general housekeeping checklist minimizes time and waste of equipment and cleaning supplies. Use protective gloves when cleaning areas highly exposed to germs.

  • Keep restrooms clean and odor-free at all times. Hot water and germicidal disinfectant are the key cleaning elements. Restrooms should be cleaned each day. Clean commodes, urinals and sinks---including chrome---with germicidal disinfectant. Empty trash receptacles each day and dust vents, window sills and ledges. Sweep bathroom floors and replenish towels and toilet tissue and refill soap dispensers. Spray mirrors with window wash and dry wipe fluid from mirrors. Mop floors as needed.

  • Clean floors. Floor care in general or heavy-traffic areas is important for a polished clean look. Floors in the general area should be swept or vacuumed each day. After sweeping floors, apply germicidal fluid and use a wet mop to complete the cleaning.

  • Dust on a weekly basis. Dust high areas by removing dust or cobwebs from corners of walls and vents. Dust wood fixtures, shelves and other furniture with a duster or dust rag and dusting polish. Also dust general areas that have window sills and ledges.

  • Check walls and doors daily for spots or smudges. Use cleansers that will not strip the wall of paint or finishes. Apply cleanser and scrub spots lightly in a circular motion with a sponge or damp cloth until spots are gone. In general wash walls at least once a month and doors at least once a week.

  • Wash kitchen dishes daily. Clean sinks with disinfectant cleaner, and wash countertops with clean hot water and disinfectant cleaner. Sweep kitchen floors each day. Mop kitchen floors at least once a week. Clean cabinets once a month, and perform a spot check in the refrigerator each week, disposing of food that will not be eaten. Clean refrigerators and freezers each month. Empty trash receptacles each day as needed.