Do’s and Don’ts

 

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Blinds – Horizontal and Vertical  

Horizontal window blinds

  1. Twist the wand on the side of the blinds. This will allow you to open the blinds by adjusting the position of the slats.
  2. Locate the string on the side of the blinds and pull it down towards the floor until the blinds are lift to the spot where you'd like them.
  3. Pull the string to the side (away from the window) to lock the horizontal blinds in place. If you let go of the string before pulling it to the side, the blinds will fall closed. 

Vertical 

a man twisting a window slide

 For vertical blinds, twist wand using wand to traverse blinds across.  When patio or balcony door is open, push the blinds open the length of the door opening to prevent the wind from snapping the blinds off.

  

Garbage disposal tips

DO... 

  1. Run cold water and turn on wall switch to start disposer.
  2. After grinding is complete, turn disposer off and run water for a few seconds to flush drain line.
  3. The disposal should be run at least once a week to prevent a clogged drain.
  4.  Grind peelings from citrus fruits to freshen up drain smells.  

DON’T... 

fruits in sink with red X out
  1. Don’t pour grease or fat down your disposer or any drain.  It can build up in the pipes and cause drain blockages.  Put grease in a jar or can and dispose of in the trash.
  2. Don’t use hot water when grinding food waste. It is OK to drain hot water into the disposer between grinding periods.
  3. Don’t fill disposer with a lot of vegetable peels all at once. Instead, turn the water and disposer on first gradually putting them in.
  4. Don’t grind large amounts of egg shells, no pastas or fibrous materials like corn husks, artichokes, etc., to avoid possible drain blockage.
  5. Don’t turn off disposer until grinding is completed and only sound of motor and water is heard. 

 

Extension Cords 

electrical power strip

DO...

  Use a power strip with a circuit breaker.

  

DON’T...

 Extension cords, zip cords, multi-plugs are not to be used.

 Cleaning your Apartment 

broom, brushes and spray bottles

You and your roommates will be responsible for keeping your apartment unit clean and cleaning is an on – going task. It’s necessary to prevent pests, damage from accumulated dirt. 

 

Fans - How to care for your Lasko Fan

DO…

  1. To clean your Fan, use a soft cloth moistened with a mild soap solution.
  2. Be certain that the Fan is completely dry before plugging in.
  3. 2. Lubrication is not required as your Fan has permanently lubricated bearings.
  4. 3. Store in a clean and dry area when not in use.

DON’T...

  1. NEVER IMMERSE ELECTRICAL PARTS IN WATER.
  2. Avoid using gasoline, benzene, thinner, hard cleansers, etc.

Kitchen Stove 

kitchen stove

DO…

  1. Maintain the stove and oven by wiping up spills as they occur and clean regularly.
  2. Always turn off the stove and oven when not in use and when no one is in the apartment.

DON’T...

  1. Never leave cooking food unattended.
  2. Never use the stove and oven as additional storage space or as a space heater.

 

Refrigerator Care 

DO…

  1. Clean your refrigerator regularly.a refrigerator opened
  2. When cleaning a refrigerator, baking soda in the rinse water will help prevent odors.
  3. Keep food tightly covered or wrapped to help prevent odors and frost build-up.
  4. Place items on the shelves so that air can circulate freely within the refrigerator.

DON’T…

Don’t pack your refrigerator too full, it will not cool properly.

 

Trash Removal 

 

DO…

trash can full
  1. Put your trash in a trash bag (do not use paper bags).
  2. Tie them shut, and dispose of them in the dumpsters provided outside your apartments i
    n the parking.  
  3. Make sure you dispose of your trash before it becomes too heavy for you to carry.
  4. Avoid attracting pests such as ants, mice, and rats by keeping trash and recycling from piling up in your living areas, balconies, and patios.

DON’T…

  1. Do not use public trash cans or the trash cans in the laundry rooms to empty your trash.
  2. Trash and recycling containers are prohibited on patios and balconies for health and safety reasons.

 

Bathrooms

bathroom cleaning

 TOILET

DO’S ...

  1. Before leaving the restroom, make sure you flush the toilet to prevent build up which can cause the toilet to clog.
  2. Dispose of personal hygiene products in the trash receptacle.
  3. Frequently clean bathtubs and sinks with non-abrasive cleaners.

DON’TS ...  

Never flush the following down the toilet: 

never flush down the toilet

  1. Facial tissues
  2. Paper towels/ Napkins
  3. Cigarette butts
  4. Disposable diapers
  5. Condoms/condom wrappers                   
  6. Tampons
  7. Sanitary napkins
  8. Cotton/ Q-tips
  9. Make-up removal pads/wipes
  10. Panty liners
  11. Personal pre-moistened wipes (aka, baby wipes)
  12. Gauze or any other type of cotton, cloth, wipe, pad or towel 

 

Smoke detectors 

Smoke detectors

DO’S…

  1. If you cook with oil, use less! Large amounts of oil in your cooking lead to lots of smoke, as well as grease build-up on counters and appliances.
  2. Also, use lower heat settings! Cooking food at a lower temperature will help to keep it from burning and causing smoke.

DON’T...

Please do not remove your smoke detector.  Smoke detectors save lives!

 

do not dispose of grease

Disposing of cooking grease 

DO…

  1. Let it cool.
  2. Pour into can or glass jar.
  3. Dispose of in trash can.

 

DON’T…

  1. Pour it outside.
  2. Don’t pour down the drain.

 

Pest Control 

pest control

  1. If you have a problem with pests such as cockroaches, ants, fleas, or mice, submit a work order as soon as you notice the problem, as it may spread to other rooms and apartments.

  2. Be proactive in preventing pest problems by keeping your living area and kitchens clean of leftover food and crumbs, making sure food is properly sealed and not left out, and taking the garbage out regularly.

Window Screens 

window screen on floor

  1. Window screens must be secured at all times and are intended to keep pests out.
  2. Residents may be charged a replacement fee if a screen is missing or bent.
  3. Please do not use your window to gain access to your apartment or bedroom nor as an exit. 

 

Safety and Security   

a lock and a key

Creating and maintaining a safe and secure living environment is everyone’s responsibility: 

  1. Please lock apartment doors and windows when leaving the apartment even for a short period.
  2. Do not leave your door open and unattended.
  3. Doors found open with no one home will be locked.
  4. Always keep your apartment key with you and do not loan them to others. 

 

Laundry 

dirty laundry

DO…

  1. Please clean out the lint trap after each use.
  2. Clean up after yourself, including discarding used dryer sheets, cleaning up spilled laundry detergent.
  3. Residents can monitor laundry usage at www.laundryalert.com; password: TORO, you can set up to receive an email or text alert to let you know when your laundry is done.

DON’T…

Please do not leave your clothes in the machines.  This may prevent another resident from washing or drying.

  

Balcony or Patio 

Balcony patio chairs

 DO’S…

Conventional patio furniture, potted plants, and bicycles are allowed on the balcony or patio.

DON’T…

  1. The balcony and patio are not for general storage and should be kept neat and orderly. 
  1. Please do not hang clothes, place cleaning equipment or recyclables on your balcony/patio, or in front of your apartment entrance.