Your remodel is complete and your home looks incredible… under all of the dust, that is.
Before you can enjoy your amazing renovations, there’s still some work to do! Post construction cleaning is a drag, but an essential step before you can sit back and relax.
Here are the hottest tips to make sure your post-remodel cleanup goes as quickly – and efficiently – as possible.
Relax in Your Renovated Home Faster with These Post Construction Cleaning Tips
Before you can relax in your newly redesigned home, there are some steps you need to take to finish off your remodel to perfection.
Remember: if you have sensitive lungs or respiratory problems, consider wearing a mask for the cleaning process. This will prevent you from discomfort caused by breathing in dust and chemicals.
1. Open the Windows
Even if it’s the middle of winter, open your windows. This will create an airflow to draw out dust, reduce smells from cleaning products, and minimize the strange odors of plaster dust and sawn wood.
2. Sweep First
It’s tempting to dust surfaces as the first step of cleaning, but don’t. Instead, sweep the floors first.
Sweeping often causes dust to settle on surfaces. Unless you want to get stuck in an endless cycle of dust, sweep, repeat, try sweeping first to minimize the additional dust clouds.
3. Dust Everything (We Mean It. Everything.)
Get out the microfiber cloths and wipe down everything in sight. Old rags won’t do the job properly: you want to use proper dusting cloths designed to attract dust particles.
Remember to clean between blinds, window ledges, the tops of door frames, shelving units, cupboards, and any other surface. Start in one corner of the room near the exit and work your way back around to the same doorway.
4. Leave the Room
You can put your feet up for a few minutes. Leave any dust particles that have been caught in the air to settle down again.
If you have other rooms that need cleaning, now’s the time to start sweeping and dusting. If your remodel was only for the one area, sit back and relax for half an hour.
5. Now It’s Vacuum Time
Start with the carpets and migrate to the nooks with the additional vacuum tools after that.
Run the vacuum cleaner over your carpets slowly. It’s tempting to go at full speed to get the job done more quickly, but a slow approach will ensure you pick up all of the dust. If you miss a spot or don’t clean thoroughly enough, dust will continue to fluff out of the carpet when you walk on it.
6. Check Your Air Vents
Often forgotten during a post-remodel clean, air vents are a magnet for dust.
Make sure you dust and vacuum inside your vents as well as the external grills. This will prevent any clogging in your air conditioning or heating system, and stop any dust from recirculating back into the room you’ve spent ages cleaning.
7. Wipe Hard Surfaces (and Dry Them, Too)
Wipe down any hard surfaces like kitchen counters with disinfectant to make sure your home is as clean as possible.
Prevent any musty smells or mold problems in your newly remodeled home by drying off all areas that you’ve cleaned, too. Remember to leave cupboards open to dry out, for example, otherwise you risk some less-than-pleasant damp smells.
8. Vacuum Again
When you think you’re all done, run the vacuum around the area again. A lot of the dust in the air will have settled by now, so a final clean will help to minimize the risk of ongoing dust problems.
Can’t Face the Cleaning? Cleaning Experts Will Handle It for You
If the idea of post construction cleaning sounds like too much work, or you’re just exhausted from the remodeling process, a housekeeping expert can help.
Post-remodeling cleaning services are a great way to make sure your home is clean and dust-free. You don’t need to do the hard work when someone else will do it for you.
Call us today to find out more about our post-renovation cleaning services.