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Difficulty: Easy
Requirements: None
Access: Janitor, Service, Maintenance
Extended Access: None
Supervisors: Head of Personnel
Subordinates: None
Duties: Head of Personnel
Guides: This is the guide

Your job is to keep things clean, mop up blood, oil, dust and vomit, replace broken or missing light bulbs and tubes, and pick up litter. It's more fun than it sounds!

Thankless Job

You have the most important time consuming, under appreciated and eventually pointless job on the station. You keep small areas from looking shitty while the areas you've already cleaned are covered with blood and litter again. You'll clean floors, toss out junk, replace broken lights and overall, keep the station resembling a workplace and not an anarchist playground!

Do not surrender to the overwhelming dirtyness of a rotten-to-the-core-station, only you and your mop's deeds, nevertheless how insignificant they may seem, are the ones who protect the station's virtue; For a clean floor without blood nor stains, leads to peace, corners that yet remain virgin of the scum and trash, maintain order, and lightbulbs in even the darkest hole of malice and crime, shall lead to safety. These are your mottos, protect them with your life, or perish trying.

Beware being lured into dark rooms or alleyways by a colleague requesting help. For messes visible from the corridor to places you don't have access to, stand mutely and point at the mess until they embarrassedly let you in. For high security areas, make a positive impression by requesting trash through a window and lending them your mop if you see a mess.

As janitor, you'll likely be requested often by Medical and Chef staff. Blood and vomit will steadily increase in their departments. Epistemics will likely need you too but are oft too busy experimenting to notice their mess or remember to let you out. Remember to use the Radio to work closely with the crew.

When starting, consider finding a crowbar and possibly a wirecutter (to be able to let yourself out of obscure locations when the power goes out or the Epistemics team forget about you). Your first, second and third option to escape a room that you've cleaned should be to say 'Excuse me' and hope they notice and feel sorry for you.

Your Tools

Basic Equipment

Much of this equipment is acquired from your JaniDrobe vendor in your Custodial Closet, your starting equipment or for 'free' in the Service Techlab.

Image Name Description
Galoshes.png Galoshes Prevents you from slipping on wet floors and items such as bananas and the clown's PDA.
Mop.png Mop Used to clean floor puddles or bludgeon hostile xenofauna. If the clown dares to get in your way, you can wield the mop two-handed to be instantly more intimidating, by pressing Z.
Janibelt.png Janibelt A belt that can hold many of your standard issue items. Usually comes with soap and space cleaner.
Mopbucket.png Mop bucket Pull with you by pressing CTRL + Left click. Make sure it's full of water before heading out for cleaning duty. When all the clean water in it gets dirty, left click on the Mop Bucket, hold the left mouse button and drag it's ghost image over the Drain. You can then refill it at a water tank, sink, or water cooler using a blue Bucket or other small container to transfer water. In a desperate survival situation, under the effect of mind altering chemicals or if you just REALLY can't find a Drain, you can also drink the contents (ewww!) and potentially contract any diseases your colleagues have vomited / bled out.
JanitorialTrolley.png Janitorial Trolley Comes with a built-in mop bucket that holds more water, and your mop can be stashed on it with Alt + E. It also has ample room for transporting cleaning supplies or contraband. However, since it is larger than a mop bucket, it's harder to navigate in tight spaces, and slows you down more. When all the clean water in it gets dirty, left click on the Mop Bucket, hold the left mouse button and drag it's ghost image over the Drain.
Bucket.png Bucket Used for transferring water to Mop Buckets and cleaning up big messes. Holding the bucket, click on a water source multiple times until the bucket is full, then click on the Mop Bucket multiple times until empty. It will take multiple Buckets of water to fill an empty Mop Bucket. To use on the floor directly, fill the Bucket with water, stand in the center of the mess, then right click on the Bucket and choose Spill Liquid.
Trashbag.png Trash Bag Left click on the ground in front of a mess (of bullets, or whatever else) to vacuum it into the bag. Hold left click for piles of mess. Many objects will not be able to be put into the bag ranging from unopen soda cans, plushies, cigarette lighters. For large junk like plushies / toys / clothes, you will need to manually put them into a Disposal by hand.
Plunger.png Plunger Used to unclog sinks and drains.
Soap.png Soap Currently just exists to slip on.
Spacecleaner.png Space Cleaner An extremely convenient spray bottle of space cleaner that will sadly run out quickly and need to be replenished by chemistry. Used for a graffiti/floor grime. Spray to clean, it's magic. For fancy floor artwork with a mime standing nearby, contemplate whether you really want to risk causing a scene by erasing their art.
Wet Floor Sign.png Wet floor sign Remember to point at it every time someone slips.
JaniProjector.png Holographic sign projector Much more useful and convenient than having to go back and collect physical signs. Uses battery.
Mousetrap.pngMousetraps box.png Mouse Trap Used to lure and kill mice / rats. Unset mice traps do nothing. Hold one in your hand and press the Interact hotkey in order to activate/deactivate it. Cheese / bait not required. You can throw an activated mouse trap at a mouse to kill it.
Janicart.png Janicart Allows you to increase your movement speed. Requires a Janicart Key to be placed inside of it before it will move. Left click to activate it after it has keys inside.
Light replacer.png Light Replacer Insert a light bulb into this. Left click this onto a broken light bulb in order to replace it.
Light bulb.pngLight tube.pngLight bulb box.pngLight tube box.png Light Bulb and Tubes Used to replace broken lights when they inevitably gets destroyed. Comes in only two forms but in many colors.
Flashlight.png Flashlight Press E to turn it on. Put it in your pocket for ease-of-use. It is much brighter than your PDA light. Remember to turn it off when finished otherwise the battery will run out. The battery remaining is shown above the item as green bars. The battery can be changed by holding a new battery (e.g. Medium Power Cell) in your active hand and left clicking on the flashlight.
Jani Bio Suit.png Janitorial bio-suit and hood Those protect from direct exposure to chemicals, and contact-spreading diseases. Require internals to protect you from airborne viruses.

Advanced Equipment

Once Epistemics unlocked certain researches you might be able to acquire much more interesting tools.

Image Name Description
AdvancedMop.png Advanced Mop Works similarly to the normal mop but is faster, regenerates water, automatically cleans itself and does slightly more damage for when you need to defend yourself.
TrashbagOfHolding.png Trashbag of Holding Same as a normal trashbag, except it's bigger so you won't need to go to the disposal unit as often, if ever.

Water Source and Disposal

Image Name Description
Sink.png Sink A limitless source of water that slowly regenerates water via bluespace plumbing. Contains 500 units of water when full.
Water Tank.png Water Tank A limited source of water that can be moved around. Contains 1500 units of water when full. Order more at Cargo if you need more.
Drain.png Drain Slowly drains fluids around it. You can instantly empty your cart by clicking and dragging it into the drain. They slowly clog up and will require you to use your plunger on it eventually.

Wet Floor Signs

Drop warning signs where you mop. People get pissed when you don't. You don't have enough to cover every area you clean and with every player running everywhere they're usually not spotted until people are already on their backs, but they can't blame you for doing what you can!

Shaking up those you slipped maintains favour with the crew. You can do this by clicking on them with a free hand while not in combat mode. Smugly pointing at one of your signs incurs their ire.

Also, if people are chasing you, throw a bucket of water behind you, or where they will run into it, as they likely want to steal from you (your shoes are valuable).

Tidying up

Mop and Spills

To clean a spill, grab your trusty mop and your mop bucket. Left click on a mop bucket to wet the mop with water. Then, left click on a puddle one or more times until it is replaced with clean water, which will soon evaporate on its own. Once the water in the mop's Liquid Bar at the bottom of the UI is completely replaced by whatever foul mess you are cleaning up, click on the mop bucket again to wring and re-water the mop. If your mop won't drain water from the Mop Bucket, it's time to go and replace the water in the mop bucket.
Don't forget to place a wet floor sign if the puddle is rather large.

To drain your cart, drag it using your cursor onto a floor drain. This will dump all the fluids it contain. Floor drains can be usually be found in the Custodial Closet, Kitchen or in Medical.

Trash Bags and Litter

Place the litter in the trash bag, or hold the trash bag and click on it directly to put it in. You can also click on empty space near trash to scoop all nearby junk up. Using the bag on a disposal unit will empty it.

Remember to check your trash as you might want to give some to Cargo to sell for some zorkmids or recycle some of it into useful material using the material reclaimer.

Space Cleaner and Graffiti

Graffiti from crayons needs to be cleaned using Space Cleaner. Put the space cleaner into your hand and left click in a direction to spray it. Space Cleaner can also be used to remove pie from folks faces if the clown has hit them with a pie. Just spray it at them.

Item Repurposing

The lazy and nuisance Janitor dumps everything that is on the floor into a bin. Consider sending objects to where they can be used.

  • dead mice or animals can be cooked by a Chef, sold by Cargo or recycled into biomass by Medical.
  • Raw food ingredients can be used by a Chef.
  • Glass / Cloth / Plastic / Steel / Gold / Wood can be used by the Epistemics team or the Engineer team or it can be sold / distributed by Cargo
  • Empty cans, wrapping paper, matches, plants, chairs, clothes, plushies, etc can be sold by Cargo
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