White Glove Tips and Tricks

A few times every semester we have what is called white glove. It is when everyone cleans his own room so cleanly that you could take a white glove over any surface and it would still be white!

White glove is an awesome time to get together as a room and clean things up a bit that probably did not get cleaned over midterms/finals. It is a time when you can learn to work together as a room and have fun while cleaning together. My room last year listened to Christmas music and sang along while we cleaned! And in the end, you have a wonderfully clean room to come back to! 🙂

Our next white glove is just aroud the corner--it is only a week and a half away! It is on Friday, November 11th, so...

Here are some tips to help you make white glove a successful breeze:

#1: Get involved! White glove always goes better when everyone in the room is helping and getting involved.

#2: Split up the room! Talk things over with your roommates and decide who is going to clean what. Doing this will help things to go faster, and then you will not miss anything or “re-do” something that has already been done. 🙂

#3: Don’t mix chemicals when cleaning the shower! If you mix them you will have residue from the chemicals reacting to each other.  I have actually found that just plain ole washing detergent does a really good job of cleaning the shower. Also… for white glove, the shower curtain needs to be washed too!

#4: Save dusting till AFTER you vacuum! When you vacuum, lots of dust gets stirred up in the air and lands everywhere.  So vacuuming first helps to save you from having to dust twice. 🙂

#5: Go over the bathroom floors with a semi-wet paper towel before you scrub it to help to pick up the hair. This will make scrubbing much easier and will also help speed things up.

#6: Use a wet paper towel to clean the baseboards. The water will pick up and trap more dust so that it is not just spread around the room.

#7: Make sure that your drawers are free of dust, small particles, and that they can be opened easily! This is easily done by wiping them down with a damp rag.

#8: Don’t forget to wash the “bellybutton” (aka. the overflow drain) of the sink –this is the most common place that is missed during white glove.

#9: Finish off the bathroom by wiping everything down with Windex to give it a beautiful shiny appearance!

#10: Don’t forget to wipe down the blinds and the windowsills!

Common misconceptions about white glove:

  • You do not have to iron your sheets.
  • The ceiling does not have to be dusted! The vents do, but please don’t try to hang off your bed and dust the middle of the ceiling! 🙂
  • Your clothes do not all have to be perfectly folded in the drawers; however, the drawers do need to be clean and easy to open.
  • Leaving candy for the RA (Resident’s Assistant) does not help… however it is appreciated 🙂

Have a great white glove!

Fellow students, if there is another tip that you have and want to share please feel free to leave it in the comments section! Thanks 🙂

15 Responses

  1. Meg

    Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are GREAT for cleaning the shower and tile floors!

  2. Darian DePerte

    Thank you so much for all of these tips! I’m a freshman, so this helped a lot! I’m looking forward to White Glove and know we’ll have a good time. (: Happy White Glove!

    • Ashley

      You’re welcome! I’m glad that it helped 🙂 Hope you have an awesome first white glove!

      • Darian DePerte

        Yes, your tips helped a lot! I think I’m gonna print your tips out so my roommates and I can have them on-hand for White Glove. (;

  3. Melanie

    I’ve found that spraying everything down with isopropyl alcohol and letting it dry makes the surfaces feel smooth and clean. This is what I’ve used to pass white glove for 4 years

  4. Christina

    If you live in Dixon, the tub dots are extremely hard to get clean. I don’t know why the other dorms don’t stress getting them clean but the easiest way is to spray them with odorban and then scrub with a magic eraser,

  5. Rachel

    Baking soda works great for getting soap scum out of the shower too.

  6. Deborah

    I (being a freshie) have never been through white glove, but I WAS a janitor for three years, and one of my cleaning tricks was rubbing alcohol. It is cheap and works wonders for white plastic surfaces!

    • Ashley

      I tried the rubbing alcohol on the plastic containers in our room. It worked great! thanks for the awesome idea! 🙂

  7. Samantha Schulze

    Thanks for all of the great tips. I’m a freshman and I am really thankful for them, and any strong tape is handy for getting all the hair off the floor and in the corners.

  8. Hil

    White glove wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Thanks for the tips.

    • Ashley

      You’re welcome! Glad that things went well 🙂

  9. Heather

    Rubbing alcohol is a great tool when getting hairspray residue off of the towel bars!!!!! Even as a finishing touch to the bathroom floor and counters! Hope everyone pasted white glove!! I still miss the Saturday morning white glove. It was fun and relaxing having everyone in jeans and jean skirts, eating breakfast outside, hanging with friends, waiting for the RAs to check, then once the rooms were checked everyone ran back inside to see if they passed! Those were the days!! 😀

  10. Sydney Paget

    So that’s what white glove means!
    Do you get demerits if you miss anything?

  11. Amy Cunningham-Robinson

    My roomies and I used Windex and newspaper for the shower, then wiped it down with an old towel or paper towels.

    Oh, and remember to clean everything from the top down. I don’t know how many times I had to go back and clean something because I cleaned the bottom part (of whatever it was) first! Frustrating!

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