Custodial Services

I would like to sincerely thank all the people in FM who work hard each and every day to advance the work of our university! Without safe, reliable and welcoming facilities, this university would not be such a great success. From educating our future leaders, inventors and creators, to saving lives through plant, animal and medical research, the custodial work performed by our dedicated professionals is crucial to our success.  Thanks!

Mike Hofer - Associate Director Custodial Program.

Cleaning for COVID-19: 

Deep Cleaning Won't Save Us From Covid - Daily Beast Article Feb 21, 2022

Revised CDC Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting Updated April 5, 2021

Article Jan 2021 Nature Magazine - Covid-19 rarely spreads through surfaces

Covid Products Available To Customers From UMarket

Custodial Response to Covid-19 Overview Document

Video - Virus Info & Sanitizing for Covid 

Maroon Standard PDF

To request service - call 612-624-2900 (42900 inside the U)

In order to service over 200 buildings each day - our custodians are divided into team cleaning squads using "green" sustainable equipment, products and practices.  We practice the three C's of Custodial - C (see), Care and Clean!

Fiscally Responsible Priorities

As stewards of public and student funds, we set priorities that put the student first.  For this reason, we schedule more frequent service in common areas and classrooms than in offices and staff areas.  These variations are reflected in the Maroon Standards that can be found in the link below.  Thank you for your understanding.

Custodial Service (Maroon Standard PDF) – What we clean and how often we clean it.

Sustainable Products & Practices

  • As stewards of health and safety, we work hard to make sustainably smart choices in product selection and procedural practices. 
  • Our routine cleaning solutions from 3M are Green Seal Certified and come in sealed bottles of concentrate that only dispense through a dilution control system.  This prevents direct contact with concentrates and properly dilutes the product every time. 
  • Our Diversey floor finish stripper is Green Seal certified and safely dispenses from their RTD bottle at the proper dilution without any manual mixing. 
  • The 3M scrubbing pads that we use on our floor machines are Green Seal certified. 
  • All of our mops, dusters and cleaning cloths are laundered microfiber for maximum performance and reduced waste.  They withstand multiple uses and launderings. 
  • We use the Green Guard certified practice of never spraying product into the air but instead only down directly onto our cleaning cloths. 
  • Our Green Guard certified Rev-Bag plastic waste and recycle liners are made from at least 70% post consumer recycled content and are custom sized to fit our receptacles perfectly. 
  • Our GP brown restroom paper roll towels are Green Seal Certified made from 100% recovered material and at least 50% post consumer recycled content.  Our GP toilet tissue is EPA compliant with at least 20% post consumer recycled content. 
  • And finally, the new compostable organics recycling program being rolled out throughout our buildings is fully supported by the custodial staff through our daily collection and removal of these materials.   

Examples of Services We Provide

  • Remove waste/recycle, clean/sanitize surfaces, vacuum/mop floors, replace lamps, shovel/salt entry ways.
  • Deep clean any surface, shampoo extract carpets, strip/scrub/refinish floors, polish stone, pressure wash. 
  • Service special events, perform construction cleans, clean up after floods and water events.