Freshers’ week: All fun and games, but not for the cleaners

October 4th, 2013 Category: Educational Establishments

Freshers' week is one of the most exciting times of the year for students, especially those who are moving away from home and getting the first chance to experience independence.

However, while these groups may be enjoying every night out and making the most of their early days at university, there is one group in particular that will never be glad to see it rolling around – cleaners.

Up and down the country, students will be dancing the night away in the pubs, clubs and student unions before stumbling home, dropping their kebabs and pizzas as they go, and someone, of course, has to make sure that the educational establishments still look fresh, clean and a good place to learn.

One cleaner recently told the BBC that it's one of the hardest and most stressful times of the year for them, with the rubbish and mess seeming like a relentless task during the busiest week on any university calendar.

And it's not just the actual cleaning that staff need to deal with, as students, many of them teenagers, are notoriously difficult to work around.

"It's dirty. People leave their rubbish on the floor. You think they would appreciate you, but you get into the lift and they turn away from you.

"That affects me. When you're trying to clean the toilets, people get cross. There's a lack of respect – it's very hard."

The best way to deal with this for cleaners then can be to work when the students aren't around – let's face it, after partying all night, most of them will be in bed all morning, and for forward thinking companies, this can be the perfect time to schedule cleaning jobs for.

It can also be a great idea to set out a plan for these times, as it will seem like an endless task. If you look at what areas of the university are the most likely to be dirty or filled with rubbish and hit these first, it will make the job easier as the day goes on.