The Five Levels of Clean Defined By APPA 

Level 1—Orderly Spotlessness

  • Floors and base moldings shine and/or are bright and clean; colors are fresh. There is no buildup in corners or along walls.
  • All vertical and horizontal surfaces have a freshly cleaned or polished appearance and have no accumulation of dust, dirt, marks, streaks, smudges, or fingerprints. Lights all work and fixtures are clean.
  • Washrooms and shower fixtures and tile gleam and are odor free. Supplies are adequate.
  • Trash containers and pencil sharpeners hold only daily waste, are clean and odor-free.

Level 2—Ordinary Tidiness

  • Floors and base moldings shine and/or are bright and clean. There is no buildup in corners or along walls, but there can be two days worth of dust, dirt, stains or streaks.
  • All vertical and horizontal surfaces are clean, but marks, dust, smudges and fingerprints are noticeable upon close observation. Lights all work and fixtures are clean.
  • Washrooms and shower fixtures and tile gleam and are odor free. Supplies are adequate.
  • Trash containers and pencil sharpeners hold only daily waste, are clean and odor-free.

Level 3—Casual Inattention

  • Floors are swept or vacuumed clean, but upon close observation there can be stains. A buildup of dirt and/or floor finish in corners and along walls can be seen.
  • There are dull spots and/or matted carpet in walking lanes. There are streaks or splashes on base moldings.
  • All vertical and horizontal surfaces have obvious dust, dirt, marks, smudges and fingerprints. Lamps all work and fixtures are clean.
  • Trash containers and pencil sharpeners hold only daily waste, are clean and odor-free.

Level 4—Moderate Dinginess

  • Floors are swept or vacuumed clean, but are dull, dingy and stained. There is a noticeable buildup of dirt and/or floor finish in corners and along walls.
  • All horizontal and vertical surfaces have conspicuous dust, dirt smudges, fingerprints and marks. Lamp fixtures are dirty and some lamps (up to 5 percent) are burned out.
  • Trash containers and pencil sharpeners have old trash and shavings. They are stained and marked. Trash containers smell sour.

Level 5—Unkempt Neglect

  • Floors and carpets are dull, dirty, dingy, scuffed and/or matted. There is a conspicuous buildup of old dirt and/or floor finish in corners and along walls. Base molding is dirty, stained and streaked. Gum, stains, dirt, dust balls and trash are broadcast.
  • All vertical and horizontal surfaces have major accumulations of dust, dirt, smudges and fingerprints, all of which will be difficult to remove. Lack of attention is obvious.
  • Light fixtures are dirty, with dust balls and flies. Many lamps (more than 5 percent) are burned out.
  • Trash containers and pencil sharpeners have old trash and shavings. They are stained and marked. Trash containers smell sour.

Five Levels of Clean as defined by APPA
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