Prison Architect Wiki

Janitors are maintenance staff members responsible for maintaining general cleanliness around your facility, specifically the indoor areas. 

The Foreman is the administrator responsible for researching and unlocking the janitors. 


Janitors will mop and clean grime, stains, cracks, blood, vomit, fecal matter, urine, mud, footprints and other undesirable substances that accumulate on your facility's floors over time.

The bigger the prison and the higher the number of entities there are in said prison, the more janitors you will need to hire to ensure your facility is kept at an appropriate level of cleanliness.

Janitors go a long way to satiating the environmental needs of your prisoners and staff.


Aside from mopping the floors of your facility, janitors will also work in your laundry rooms to provide fresh clothing for your inmates. More specifically, janitors will:

Cleaning Cupboards[]

Janitors may reside in other areas of your prison, e.g. deliveries, exports and/or storage, but will mainly reside in a cleaning cupboard if one is available. 

To lighten the workload of a janitor, you can assign prisoners to the same job by recruiting them via the cleaning cupboards in your prison. They will then grab a mop and wipe the floors of your prison. They continue to do this until their area is clean or until the regime for work ends for the day.  

Note that prisoners will be unable to clean in areas marked as staff-only. This can be changed in the deployment section.  

Tips, Tricks & Trivia[]

  • Janitors, like most other staff members, will flee from danger. 
  • Manually clicking a janitor and sending them to an indoor area of your prison will eventually force them (or other janitors) to clean that area. 
  • If Janitors are not cleaning a certain area, ensure that the area is secure. If an area opens to the outside where an escape attempt is possible, janitors will not clean it. One way to see if an area is secure or not is through the Logistics menu.