Whether you just got a new home built or had your existing one remodeled, one thing remains true: post-construction cleaning is no picnic!
One look and it’s plain to see that getting in touch with a professional cleaning company seems to be the sanest and smartest step to take. Unfortunately, because you just shelled out some money at Lowes or Home Depot for the recently concluded project, you may not have the budget for letting the pros spring into action.
Fret not as you can carry out post-construction cleaning with your own hands — and you can do it like a pro, too!
The only difference between professional and DIY post-construction cleaning is who gets the job done. Of course, you have to be willing to put a lot of time as well as elbow grease to the formidable task of cleaning up once the dust settles and the contractors have gone home to take a much-deserved break.
Any DIY post-construction cleaning should begin with a plan. And this plan entails gathering all the cleaning tools and supplies that you will need, such as:
- Tons of garbage bags
- Rubber gloves, face masks, and safety goggles
- Broom and dustpan
- Buckets and rags
- Scrubbing pads and brushes
- Plastic putty knife or ice scraper
- Vacuum cleaner (the industrial type is best!)
- Multipurpose cleaning sprays and window cleaner
- A step ladder and small cleaning caddy
Got everything mentioned above? Then keep on reading. Below you will come across the steps that you will need to take to pull off post-construction cleaning without getting in touch with the pros.
Eliminate as Much Clutter as Possible
Seeing construction leftovers everywhere can make post-construction cleaning seems like a daunting task. Well, it is a daunting task alright. Getting rid of as much clutter as you possibly can, however, will enable you to appreciate your new or remodeled home better, thus motivating you to clean up so that you may start enjoying it.
Anything and everything that the construction guys left behind should be tossed outside the home. Not only will this make your post-construction cleaning easier but safer, too!
Sweep Like There’s No Tomorrow
Once those bulky things that are in your way are out of the picture, it’s time to arm yourself with a broom. But don’t start sweeping the floor — what you will need to do is sweep the walls first.
It’s for certain that the air will be filled with dust the minute you start to sweep. This is why you should protect your eyes with a pair of safety goggles and your lungs with a face mask. Refrain from sweeping using, well, sweeping motions. To keep dust from flying everywhere, it’s a good idea to sweep slowly using short strokes.
Reach for a Bucket of Water and Some Rags
With ample illumination, you can avoid straining your eyes and missing dirty spots while engaging in post-construction cleaning. This is why you should clean light bulbs and fixtures with a soft-dry cloth. But before you do this, check that you first turn off the electricity to keep an electric shock at bay.
Clean the walls and various surfaces with a damp cloth. Make sure that it’s barely damp to keep dust from caking. As soon as the water in the bucket turns cloudy, change it out to avoid applying wet dust everywhere.
Grab a Bottle of Window Cleaner
Still using a damp cloth, wipe off the dust on the windows. You may have to do this a couple of times to bring back the shine of their glass parts. Always remember to begin at the top and work your way down.
Finish off with your preferred window cleaner. Some homeowners who are into DIY professional home cleaning swear that a mixture of equal parts of water and white vinegar can match or even surpass commercially available window cleaners. And by the way, it’s perfectly up to you if you prefer to use a squeegee or crumpled newspapers.
Take a Peek Inside Drawers and Cabinets
Just because they were closed during the construction doesn’t mean that drawers and cabinets were protected from dust. All you have to do is take a quick look inside them to realize that they need to be cleaned, too. Consider dusting drawer boxes outside your home to keep already clean areas from ending up dirty once again.
Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment in cleaning cabinet interiors and closets. Afterward, wipe with a barely damp cloth to remove any fine dirt that the vacuum failed to pick up. Wipe with a dry cloth.
Mop and Buff Hard Floors
Consider yourself fortunate if your floors are hardwood or tiles. That’s because they are easier to clean after the construction work than carpets. Use your vacuum cleaner to get rid of as much dust as you possibly can. Afterward, mop the floors with a mixture of warm water and a little mild dish soap. Allow to dry and repeat if necessary.
Unfortunately, it’s not unlikely for hardwood floors to end up with scratches. For light scratches, you can deal with them using blending pencils. If it seems like the construction guys were careless, get in touch with the contractor.
Bring Carpets Back Into Commission
It’s not unlikely for carpets to look like they will need to be replaced after any form of construction, but worry not because sometimes you just have to bring them back to their previous state to see that they can still carry out their task.
Start rescuing carpets by picking up with your hands debris trapped in the fibers. If you have access to an industrial vacuum cleaner, start vacuuming away. Sometimes you may have to do spot cleaning — use a mixture of water, dish soap, and white vinegar. If it seems like your carpets could use some steam cleaning, steam clean them.
Lots of cleaning up has to be done after the construction. If you are willing to devote enough time and energy to it, then there is no need to contact a local professional cleaner. With patience and determination, you can move back in or enjoy the remodeled area in no time.