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Post-Construction Cleaning: A Job You Can’t Ignore

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| 2015 May 15 |
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Post-Construction Cleaning: A Job You Can’t Ignore

It’s that time of year again! The spring is a great time to tackle the home improvement projects on your agenda. Once finished, this work is certainly rewarding, but the blanket of dust and dirt left over? Buzzkill.

Post-construction cleaning is necessary if you want your home–and life–back to normal as soon as possible. More importantly though, it helps prevent the buildup of particulate matter, including dust, dirt and fibres, all of which contribute to poor indoor air quality and harm your health.

Here we’ll discuss three rooms that warrant your attention and why. We’ll also provide the construction cleanup checklist we use for each room.

Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms to renovate among homeowners because it’s used so often.

Yes, everyone loves to congregate in the kitchen, which is a great reason to clean and tidy it immediately after the construction crew packs up. And let’s not forget this is where you cook and eat your food.

There are plenty of crevices in the kitchen—between appliances, countertops and cupboards—where dust and dirt gets lodged. Ensuring your kitchen is spick and span post renovation requires some elbow grease.

  • Wipe all surfaces, including cabinet tops.
  • Mop the floor.
  • Remove items (if you haven’t yet for the reno) and wipe inside cabinets.
  • Clean all appliances.
  • Scrub and sanitize the kitchen sink.
  • Scrub the backsplash.
  • Clean windows, windowsills and window tracks.
  • Wipe down light fixtures and light switch plates.
  • Wipe down baseboards.
  • Take out the trash.
  • Open the window or turn on the exhaust fan to improve air flow.

Bathroom

Along with the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the most popular rooms to renovate. For most people the bathroom is a bother to clean any day, let alone the day it’s covered in dust and debris. Make sure you’re well-rested and hydrated if you’re going to tackle the bathroom on your own.

  • Scrub and disinfect the sink.
  • Scrub and disinfect the tub and shower walls.
  • Wipe down the countertop.
  • Scrub and sanitize the toilet bowl.
  • Wash the floors.
  • Clean windows, windowsills and window tracks.
  • Wipe down baseboards.
  • Take out the trash.
  • Open the window or turn on the exhaust fan to improve ventilation.

Bedroom

You, your spouse and your children likely spend a lot of time in the bedrooms. You do more than sleep in your bedroom: you go there to unwind at the end of a long day. It should be a place where you can breathe easy and rest comfortably. To guarantee that it is a place of comfort post construction, you have some work to do.

  • Vacuum carpets and area rugs.
  • Mop hardwood or linoleum floors.
  • Clean windows, windowsills and window tracks.
  • Wipe the tops of shelves and dressers.
  • Wipe down baseboards.
  • Wipe down bedroom doors and doorknobs.
  • Remove items (if you haven’t yet during the reno) and clean inside closets.
  • Wipe down light fixtures and light switch plates.
  • Wash furniture and linen.
  • Open the windows or switch on the AC to improve air circulation.

If you don’t clean your home properly post construction, you’re putting your IAQ at risk and, ultimately, your health. Of course, restoring the whole house to its original tidy, sanitary state after a reno is a big job, but it’s a crucial one.

Professional help for cleaning after construction

If you’re lacking the energy and/or the time to clean the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom or any other room, give Mold Busters in Ottawa or Montreal a call. If you own commercial property and there’s simply too much to tackle on your own after a large construction project, we’ll handle the post-construction cleaning for you.