Cleaning of Staterooms
Daily cleaning is necessary, but the extent to which
spaces are cleaned may vary with particular
circumstances. More uniform cleaning can be done by
using a cleaning bill.
An example of a stateroom
cleaning bill follows:
Clean washbasin, mirror, soap container, and
Make up beds for officers 0-5 and above.
Sweep and mop deck or vacuum carpet.
Empty and wash ashtrays.
Dust all furniture.
Clean electric fans and wipe down light
Replace soiled hand and bath towels and
replace with clean ones as scheduled.
Deliver and pick up officers laundry as
Replace stripped linens with fresh clean
ones. Leave linens on top of beds (0-4 and
below only), as scheduled.
Scrub and wax deck or spot-check carpet and
remove stains as scheduled.
Clean air-conditioning filters and screens.
Hold general field day for certain staterooms
as scheduled. Stand by for inspection.
CLEAN AS SCHEDULED
Turn mattress over and vacuum underneath
(monthly-preferably during linen change).
Send draperies, curtains, chair covers, and
bedspreads for dry cleaning (quarterly).
Shampoo carpets (quarterly).
The following services are considered of a personal
nature and are the sole responsibility of individual
Bed making and bed linen changing except for
0-5 and above
Care, maintenance, and orderliness of personal
effects that include military uniforms, uniform
accessories, and shoes
Sorting and storage of personal laundry
MSs may be appointed to act as mail orderlies. As
mail orderlies, they pick up the mail from the staterooms
at prescheduled times and deliver it to the post office.
MSs also may draw officer mail from the Postal Clerk
and deliver it. Mail not delivered should never be left
in the wardroom. Mail orderlies must not be required
to mail or pickup registered, certified, or insured mail.
Officers quarters aboard ship (staterooms) should
present maximum habitability. COs usually require the
highest standards of service and sanitation in the ships
staterooms. There is no ship so lacking in facilities,
equipment, or personnel that minimum standards cannot
be met. Careful use of supplies and overhaul funds on
allowed items should be exercised within the limitations
of funding. This will achieve the maximum level of
habitability. Improvisation with tender assistance may
correct ship-design defects.
Since an officers quarters is his or her seagoing
home, the officer should not be reluctant to spend his or
her efforts toward the physical improvement of the
wardroom and stateroom.
Care of Heads and Showers
An example of a cleaning bill for stateroom heads
and showers follows:
Clean washbasins and wipe down mirrors.
Refill soap and towel dispensers.
Clean utility sink and storage area.
Wipe down shower curtains.