post renovation cleaning
Whether you are renovating your home yourself, or contracting the work out to professionals, the process can still be stressful. It may even displace you from your home temporarily depending on the work being done. A kitchen renovation can force you and your family to eat out for a period of time. A bathroom renovation can be an extreme announce for dwellings with only one bathroom. Hard wood floor instillation will force you to stay out of your home because of chemical fumes during the sealant process.
No matter what is being done, renovating is not so much dirty, as it is generally dusty. Debris from construction materials, tools and equipment builds up, and even though professionals will always cover the floors in the areas under construction, this does not completely solve the problem. Whether it is you or professionals doing the work, they will be moving in and out of your home to access the area to be renovated, tracking foot
prints and polluting the air of the home with excess dust.
Even quality professional contractors will often not properly clean after they have done their work. And to be truly satisfied with your newly renovated house or area of the home, you will want it to be sparkling clean to truly express the upgrade.
There is a certain order of steps for cleaning up after your renovation.
1. Wash your walls from top to bottom.
a. Wearing safety glasses and a mask over your mouth due to there being all kinds of dust or chunks of paint, plaster, or other materials that could come loose while cleaning. Clean everything from the molding to base boards. There are certain ways to clean different materials that may have been used in the renovations so please do the research and understand how to clean those materials before starting the renovation clean up.
a. For hard wood floor or linoleum vacuum over a few times and not forgetting to pay special attention to the baseboards, corners, and transitions between carpet and hard flooring. Those creases are the perfect hide away for dust and dirt from the renovation. Follow the vacuuming with a good mopping to get up any plaster dust or what not that may’ve been left behind by the vacuum. A good vacuuming for carpet is all that is needed although, going over the carpeted area a few times is recommended.
a. Any upholstery that was under wraps was not necessarily spared from the renovation. Using the upholstery attachment clean any furniture that was in the renovated room. Remove cushions and clean; be sure to get into every crease in the furniture and every groove any mattress. Be sure to wash any sheets, or blankets that were left on the covered furniture. Also include any curtains or window treatments.
4. Fans and Fixtures
a. Fans should be thoroughly cleaned. Each blade wiped down and so on down the on/off pull.
b. Fixtures (unless newly installed) should be taken down and washed. Be sure to reassemble securely.
a. Take our each vent and wipe out thoroughly. There is more than likely lots of dust and dirt from the renovation lurking in the vent and vent cover. After thoroughly cleaning be sure to reassemble securely to cut down on them falling off or having anything end up in them that doesn’t belong there.
6. Knicknacks, Metal, and Wood
a. Using a damp rag or cleaner of your choice wipe down any figurines, fine china, or anything else that was on display in the renovated space. As for wood or metal furniture wipe down with an all-purpose cleaner to remove anything that may have gotten stuck to it during renovations.
a. Often painters will remove filters while painting. Leaving the filter out can damage the furnace so be sure to put it back; it is recommended to replace the whole filter.
a. Enjoy your newly renovated space ! Be sure to show to anyone who enters your home and show it off with pride. A renovation is difficult to get through but once it’s done you will have put yourself into the renovated area and given it a piece of your personality ! Be proud !