Cleaning after building work can seem quite overwhelming, but following just a few guidelines can make the task less daunting.
Then you can sit back and enjoy your new space!
Post building work cleaning
Before you start you should consider whether you’re going to undertake all aspects of the cleaning or call in the professionals. Things to bear in mind include brick or drywall dust that can be damaging to your home and health if not removed and cleaned properly.
Cleaning after building renovation can be more intensive and you may not have the specialist tools such as wet/dry vacuum cleaners or floor polishers to carry out some tasks. However, you can rent most of this equipment from your local hardware store if you decide to go ahead yourself.
After building cleaning supplies
You’re likely to need:
- Soft and stiff brushes, and dustpan and brush
- Mop, bucket, sponges, cleaning cloths, and squeegee
- Microfibre cloths and dusters
- Plastic sheeting
- Masking tape
- Putty knife
- Washing up detergent and all-purpose cleaner
- White vinegar and bleach
- Cold and warm water
- Bin bags
Post building safety
There’s a probability that sharp objects, broken glass, and nails may all have been left on the property with a potential risk of causing injury. It’s essential that you wear rubber-soled shoes and gloves, and protect your face and eyes with a mask and goggles.
After building preparation
Get rid of any loose debris by filling bin bags and taking them out of the property for later disposal. As a general rule you need to start cleaning at the furthest point away from the front door – this will avoid walking dust through any areas that have already been cleaned. Aim to get the areas as dust-free as possible before you start intensive cleaning. Use the plastic sheeting and masking tape to seal off rooms, vents, and openings for added protection.
Sweep each room including the ceilings and the walls to loosen all debris, and brush it all into the centre of the room. Then you can vacuum. Use the crevice attachment to get into all mouldings and around the skirting boards.
After building deep cleaning
Following this initial clean you can then go back and start the deep clean. You can wash walls, doors, and skirting boards. Use the squeegee to clean windows, glass doors, and shower units. Wipe down window sills, countertops, and door frames. Mop and polish hard floors and tiles.
Pay particular attention to kitchens and bathrooms – these need to be hygienically cleaned and sanitised. You may need to change filters in any air ducts to prevent dust particles from spreading through the rest of the house.
Remember that small pieces of furniture, fixtures and miscellaneous items can be easily overlooked. Clean lights, lampshades, electronic devices, picture frames, vases, and magazine racks.
Take extra care of your upholstery and carpets. Small particles of dust will become trapped in fabrics, causing potential damage and ongoing health issues. Remove cushions from chairs and sofas, and vacuum thoroughly using the crevice attachment to reach into awkward spaces.
Vacuum carpeted areas and treat any stains with recommended stain removal products. This is where a wet vacuum can be extremely useful – steam cleaning may be the only way to get rid of stubborn marks. Bear in mind that you’ll need to source the appropriate cleaning products for your carpet and upholstery type of fabrics.
Following the deep clean
For the next few days, you may find more dust than usual has started to settle on surfaces. Windows and mirrors may also show signs of smudging. Use a damp microfibre cloth to wipe down level surfaces and walls, and clean the windows again to get rid of the last indications of construction.
Calling in the professionals
If you’re unsure about carrying out the after building cleaning on your own you should contact a professional post-construction cleaning company. There are actually many advantages to doing this and these include:
Your budget – after building cleaning prices can actually save you money by protecting your budget. All the equipment needed will be included in the price.
Efficiency – post cleaners have the skills and experience to be able to clean every surface and remove all stains. Tried and tested methods and advanced machinery will ensure that nothing is overlooked.
Safety – professional after builders cleaners know the hazards that may be left following building or renovation work. The experts understand the importance of wearing PPE to avoid injury and have full insurance whilst working on your property.
After building cleaning in Abingdon
Get a comprehensive deep clean after building work by simply contacting a team that has all the experience needed to ensure new builds and refurbished properties are left immaculate. Post building cleaners are highly trained, fully insured, and available when you need them. Fill out an enquiry form or make a call to arrange your after builders cleaning services today!