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.