Construction projects make wonderful changes to our homes, but leave a blanket of dust that is more of a challenge to remove than one may expect. Patience and perseverance are key with this post-construction task. Here are some methods you can use to get rid of the dust for good. Here is your after renovation clean up check list!
You May Need
- Air filters
- Dust mop or towel
- Soft towel
- Used dryer sheets
- Cleaner for specific flooring type (we recommend Bona, found at most home improvement stores for about $30 with the microfibre mop, $15 without)
- Plenty of patience!
If you just finished a major renovation that required moving everything out of your home, you can probably skip a few steps. If your furniture was pushed into a pile and may or may not have been covered with plastic, you may need a bit more elbow grease for the renovation clean up.
10 Clean-Up Tips
- Check your air filters to see if they’ve trapped dust, and replaced as needed.
- Use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum to clean any upholstered furniture that was “under wraps,” including mattresses. Also include any fabric window treatments or accessories.
- Take down and clean light fixtures, unless you had new ones installed. If you have a ceiling fan, clean the blades.
- Unscrew and clean your vents with warm, soapy water. You may want to vacuum the inside if necessary.
- Vacuum. If your floors are carpeted, go over them a few times.
- After vacuuming, wipe all surfaces with a damp cloth to remove the remaining dust. Again, start at the top and work your way down.To easily remove dust from walls, moisten a soft towel with water and wrap it around the bottom of a broom. Secure with tape if necessary. An alternative is to use a flat sponge mop. If you don’t have one of these, you can get one at a dollar store. Just don’t soak the mop sponge, it only needs to be damp.
- Push the towel around the wall to collect any dust and wipe it away. The broom handle will help to reach the tops of the walls.
Warning: If the walls have been recently painted, avoid using anything too moist on them as it can damage the paint. Most paints require 30 days to cure completely.
- For baseboards and ledges, used dryer sheets make great dust collectors. Bounce dryer sheets, which have already been through a cycle in the dryer, will collect dust like a magnet. Simply wipe them along ledges and baseboards then toss them in the trash.
- As a final step, use a microfiber mop and the required cleaner to clean your new floors. It is important to use a cleaner specifically made for your new floor type (vinyl, hardwood, laminate).
- Final Tip: Do not try to clean hard floors before removing as much dust as possible with a dust mop or vacuum. The fine grains of dust can scratch your new floors while mopping.
When to call in the professionals
We don’t blame you if you don’t want to deal with the renovation clean up. If that’s the case, call a local cleaning company to come over and do the post-construction cleaning for you – quickly, safely and effectively. Soon, you’ll be relaxing in your little slice of paradise with the chaotic memories of renovation behind you and a bright, clean future ahead.
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