A home renovation is typically an extremely messy affair. After having new bedrooms added upstairs to accommodate your growing family, or having your kitchen completely redesigned to suit your lifestyle, construction dust and debris will have settled over the entire space. And not only are they unpleasant, but they can also be harmful to your family and pets.
You don’t want those to linger any longer on your property than they need to, so deep cleaning is in order.
Extensive cleaning would not normally be a part of the contractor’s job. Once the renovation project is complete, and the tools and equipment have been hauled away, it will be up to you to clean up remaining clutter, smudges, debris and dust.
To avoid the stress brought about by cleaning up after your home has been fixed, here are the best things to do.
1. Clear the area
If you want to manage and control what and how much to clean post-renovation, make sure that you remove anything in your house that is detachable. You should preferably accomplish this before the renovation project starts so that the items don’t unnecessarily collect dust in the process.
Lamps, ornaments, curtains, and the like can collect dust and add more to the must-clean list. Make sure to take them down and put them away or out of the house.
If you are unable to remove them before the renovation, you can at least remove them before you begin the clean-up. This way, you can ensure that you eliminate all dirt and dust by cleaning them separately.
2. Hire a cleaning service
Be honest with yourself. Could you really handle a thorough clean-up after staying on top of the frenzy of activity involved in a home renovation? Why not relax and avoid putting yourself through a fresh bout of stress by opting to hire a house cleaning service instead?
In most cases, you have work, family and many other commitments to attend to. So if you can, don’t shoulder the burden of cleaning the whole house yourself. Get industry experts to do the heavy lifting so you can focus on more important matters.
3. Prepare the essential cleaning tools
If you’re quite determined to do some of the cleaning yourself (perhaps while waiting for the professionals to arrive), then you should be prepared with the right tools so that cleaning can be done more effectively and with less effort.
For efficient cleaning, you’ll be needing the following:
- Air Filters
- Cleaning Fluid
- Dryer Sheets
- Vacuum Cleaner
4. Have a strategy
You surely cannot enjoy your newly upgraded home without dealing with the aftermath of the renovation. But on the brighter side, having a good strategy will help you clean quickly and efficiently.
- Remove large items first
Before you start dusting or sweeping, take all the big items outside of your house first. These include large pieces of furniture, boxes, sheets of metal and pieces of wood.
After the “big mess” is removed, there will be more space in the rooms to be cleaned, you will be less cramped and overwhelmed, and it will be easier to start with smaller cleaning tasks.
- Clean light fixtures and fans
Don’t even think about tackling the messes on the floor without dealing first with what’s above your head. You should primarily clean any dust-coated light fixtures and fans to prevent dust from landing on clean floors.
By doing so, you do not have to face the consequence of sweeping and mopping the floor all over again because they got dirty.
- Use a damp cloth
With the amount of debris and sawdust that’s most likely to accumulate on the walls, using a damp cloth will be efficient for removing dust and not spreading it around.
For places that are hard to reach, you can make use of a broomstick or dust mop and secure the cloth over it.
- Sweep, vacuum, then sweep again
One sweep isn’t enough to make your floor look clean, shiny and new. To get the best results, start by sweeping large debris and thick dust, then vacuum the rest. Follow it up with one more sweep using a dust mop to remove the remaining dirt.
- Opt for mild cleaners
If the right cleaning tools and damp cloth aren’t enough to get the work done, you will need the help of cleaners and detergents next. Opt for mild and eco-friendly ones to avoid ruining your newly renovated home. You can also stick with water and vinegar if you want something 100% safe and affordable.
5. Review your work from time to time
Dust can take several weeks to settle after the renovation, so make sure to check back and do a brief cleanup every few days. Doing short sessions of light cleaning more frequently will help prevent dust build-up and save you from the hassle of doing a deep clean that takes longer.
You’ll be doing a lot of cleaning, but after you’ve removed all the dirt and dust, you’ll be able to truly enjoy your new, spotless home.
Doing a thorough clean after a home renovation is tough work. But with the right tools, strategy and enough patience, plus the assistance of experienced professionals, in no time you’ll be able to sit back and relax, look around at your beautiful, clean home, and say that it’s all worth it.
Mohamed Samad is the Founder & CEO of Matic Services. He started the company in 2016 after a series of small start-ups within the home services sector. Prior to that, Mohamed was Vice President at Greenstone Equity Partners, where he spent 24 months building the UAE business from 2011-2013 with its founder.