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Guide to post construction cleaning

How to Clean Up After Renovation - Post Construction Checklist

After you’ve finished your newest home renovation project, it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the finished space, right?

Unfortunately, before you can sit back and relax, it’s important to take the time to clean your space thoroughly. Your main focus should be taking time to remove all of the construction debris and dust from your home. All home improvement projects create fine particles of dust that find their way into every single crevice of your home.

We know that not everyone has the budget to pay for our professional after builders clean.  But don’t let the clean up process hold you back from enjoying your newly renovated home, put on a filtered mask and use our easy checklist to work your way through finishing up your lovely new space.

Post Construction Cleaning Equipment –

It’s tempting to try to save some money and just try to make do without the right equipment, but you will definitely end up with subpar results and will also be making it a lot harder for yourself without the right tools. Even worse, without the right tools and equipment, you may end up damaging your brand new home before you even get to enjoy it.

To begin, make sure you have on hand all the cleaning supplies that you’re going to need. Here’s what our professional after builders cleaners recommend you have on hand as a minimum –

  • Dustpans
  • Rubber gloves
  • Industrial Vacuum Cleaner with attachments
  • Scrubbing brushes or pads
  • Mop and bucket
  • Disposable trash bags
  • Duster with extension pole (to reach high areas)
  • 3-step ladder
  • Lots of cleaning rags
  • Cleaning sponges
  • Cleaning chemicals – PH7 floor cleaner, Cleaning detergent, Methylated spirits, turpentine

Post Construction Checklist –

Cleaning Your Bathroom

Replacing a fixture in the bathroom or doing work on the tiles is very slow, dirty work. Your first step will be to clean all of the fixtures and remove any large debris that’s left over in the room. Start working in small areas, working with the largest item first and the smaller items last. Don’t be in a hurry to use detergent to sanitize the bathroom tiles. Clean everything with a dry microfiber cloth first to remove construction dust. This helps remove the dust far more easily. If you notice any traces of leftover glue, remove them easily with nail polish remover.

Wipe Down All Hard Surfaces in the Home

Clean all surfaces from the top to the bottom. Begin by wiping construction dust from your walls. Dry dusting is the safest way to remove construction dust without damaging your walls, but if you have durable paint or wallpaper, you may also be able to use a damp cloth. Check the manufacturers cleaning instructions before adding water, and do a patch test before attempting to wash the entire wall. Dust particles also commonly land on moldings and cabinets, so it’s important to dust these areas too. Clean all of your interior shelves and be sure to reach back into corners. Wipe off all of your countertops and surfaces, then wipe down and dirt that’s near the flooring. Last, sweep up any visible dust, then mop all of your hard floors.

Polishing the Windows

Windows and window frames are often coated with a large amount of dust after construction. If you notice that there’s residue left over from silicone or glue, it’s important to use a scraper on the area first. You can also use a cotton pad soaked with nail polish remover to remove any small amounts of paint at the edges of any window panes. To avoid similar problems in the future, you may want to wipe the edges of the windows with soap before painting so that it won’t stick.

Next, you’ll want to wipe down your windows, frames, and sills with a clean cloth dampened with warm water and vinegar, which makes an excellent window cleaner. You can also opt to use store bought window cleaner and a cloth or paper towels.

Clean Your Air Vents and Replace the Filters

Large home renovation projects mean that dust gets into the air, then gets into your air ducts. Even if you’ve only renovated a small part of your home, it’s important to treat the air vents and filters carefully in that space to limit the dust that can spread through your entire home. Remove the vent covers from your walls and ceilings, wash them, and let them air dry. Replace any used air filters with new filters, then replace the covers. This is the most important step, as dirty air filters can lead to allergies and breathing issues.

Removing Traces from Silicone, glue and paint from Your Flooring and Tiling

If you find leftover silicone that is out of place, don’t be in a hurry to rub it off with a damp cloth, as you’ll only create more mess. Instead, wait for it to dry, then remove it with a scraper or peel it off gently. You can use a brush to apply some methylated spirits or turpentine onto the stains which can’t be removed easily. Make sure you check with your builder that this is safe to do before proceeding as some floor sealers can be damaged by chemicals.

Vacuum Upholstery and Carpeting

It’s very easy for dust to dig into curtains, carpets, and upholstered furniture. If you let construction dust settle in, your home will look filthy and your soft furnishings will cause irritations for your family and friends. It’s important to vacuum all soft surfaces while paying close attention to details and crevices. Remove the cushions and vacuum all the furniture, as well as the underlying frames. If you still feel dust debris left over, consider vacuuming again.

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