Custodial Services

Image of Custodian in hallway. Custodial Services plays one of the most important roles on Iowa State's campus: ensuring that all academic and administrative buildings remain clean and sanitary at all times. With the core belief that personal and environmental heath are directly linked to an individual's ability to succeed, more than 130 Custodial Services employees work tirelessly to guarantee that all students, faculty and staff have the potential to thrive in their respective academic and professional spaces.

Although Custodial Services adopts a number of sustainable strategies, its decision to go green mirrors a larger trend in the cleaning industry as a whole. Due to a rapid increase in consumer demand, the availability and affordability of green cleaning products and practices has never been better. With this in mind, Custodial Services wholly embraces sustainability as an integral "co-worker" amongst its other employees and works with the 'Green' Cleaning Guidelines document created by the Iowa State University Facilities Planning and Management Custodial Services Department. 

Most notably, Custodial Services exclusively uses green products to clean all campus facilities — a chemical used to strip floors of wax and debris once every few years remains the only exception, with Custodial Services actively seeking an alternative. Other sustainable initiatives include providing input into the design of new buildings, conducting annual audits and reviews to maintain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, as well as installing dilution systems that increase water efficiency and minimize chemical waste.

Contact Custodial Services by emailing Custodial Facilitators [FPM] at if you have comments or questions, as Custodial Services is always on the lookout for more sustainable and efficient processes and equipment!

"We are a far cry from the 'mop and bucket days' of long ago. By using sustainably-designed equipment that is properly purchased for a specific area, we are able to use less water and chemicals, and are safer for our staff and customers."

-Don McClure, Custodial Facilities Services Coordinator