Construction can be an exciting time but often leaves quite the mess behind. Before you can kick up your heels and enjoy your new space, you need to do a marathon clean or hire someone like TLC Cleaning to do it for you. This checklist will help you get the cleaning knocked out as fast as possible.
Construction dust can get anywhere, and needs to be removed before it makes the home (and newly renovated space) look dim, dingy and old. Never mind before it gets into the air ducts! You don’t want to be breathing construction dust for the rest of your time there. The dust explosion can happen no matter the size of the project, so to be safe, always follow this post construction cleaning checklist after any home renovations.
Vacuum Carpets and Upholstery
Wipe Down Hard Surfaces
Clean all hard surfaces from the top down, moving around the room as you do so. Start by wiping the dust off your walls, as even the walls collect dust from construction and renovation projects. This dust can stick to the paint and make the whole room look dirty, so avoid that by giving the walls a good wash. Make sure you get any moldings or baseboards and test whatever cleaning product you plan on using in a small area first, though a dry or damp cloth should be all you need. Cabinets and hardwood furniture need to be wiped down as well and don’t forget the interior shelves. Dust can get in there and stick in the corners, so make sure you wipe out every bit of dust you can find. Tackle any hardwood floors to finish, mopping and sweeping to ensure all the construction debris gets cleaned up. No spot mopping on this one, mop from wall to wall.
Clean Air Vents & Replace Filters
The Little Things
Don’t forget all the little things you have in your house. Mirrors, light fixtures, electronics, small appliances, decorative items and much more. All of these can collect the dust from your renovation, making the new space look filthy instead of the brand new, relaxing area you wanted. Film on light bulbs can make them less effective and cause them to give off an unpleasant odor when turned on. Make sure the electricity is turned off before dusting bulbs and fixtures. Also check closets and drawers for the sneaky construction debris, cleaning any in the immediate vicinity and checking others nearby.
Make sure that you wipe down any large appliances in the room, front and top. If you can see the sides, wipe those down too. Don’t forget your light switches and any other switches either. Door knobs can be another place to wipe down, as they also get dusty. Wipe down the window blinds, as well as any fans in the room. The fans will blow all that dust right back into the room if you don’t. Electronics should only be wiped down with a damp (not wet!) cloth. Mirrors should be cleaned as usual, though it may take more than one round to clean them thoroughly – and don’t forget the frame if the mirror has one.
Windows & Doors
If you have a fireplace, make sure that you give it a good cleaning while you are working on the rest of the room, as dust and debris can settle in all the nooks and crannies. Depending on the type of fireplace you have, you may want to wipe it down with a damp cloth, vacuum it out, or use special cleaners. However you would typically clean it is fine.
Always start cleaning from the top down to clear out the dust and other debris from your renovation project. Cleaning from the top down ensures you get all the dust, as things in the air settle to the ground. What you clean will depend on the room, and how far the renovation dust has spread. This post construction cleaning checklist should get you started cleaning and on the path to that relaxing new room or space.
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