Upgrading the look of your house through a renovation is a remarkable idea. The excitement of seeing the results and the satisfaction after the result are unmatched. You are left in awe of the new vibe you’ve added to your house. However, the actual concern is the construction clean-up that follows.
A thorough cleaning of your home after any construction job, whether minor or substantial, becomes a required chore because of the filth, debris, and the risk of contamination. There’s also the potential of allergies and infections, so you can’t afford to leave even a single spot unclean.
Hire or DIY?
Don’t worry if this sounds like a hassle; you don’t necessarily have to do the cleanup yourself, you can hire the experts! Both methods require time and effort, but the professional method is far more efficient, successful, and quick. You may relax and enjoy the fresh look of your home while the expert cleaners do what they do best: clean your home thoroughly and meticulously to the best of their abilities, using the appropriate equipment.
Whether you have remodeled or your house simply hasn’t been cleaned in a long time, you can hire cleaners from My Cleaning Angel. The post-construction cleaning pack included in our services is also referred to as the heavy-duty pack, and it leaves your house shining after a thorough process of cleaning.
Dusting and Decluttering
To initiate the cleaning process, the first step is to declutter and dust your entire house. The contaminants tend to stay for a prolonged time after any construction work, leading to respiratory issues and allergic reactions.
Grab a broom or duster and get rid of all the debris and dust from the residence. From room to room, clear the mess on the surface level. This includes all the tables, counters, frames, furniture, and other hard exteriors. Remove the stickers from the furniture or glass, and move towards extracting the hanging nails on the walls. In the end, vacuuming the house is a great idea to speed up the construction cleanup process that comes next.
Deep Cleaning the Floors
Comparatively, cleaning the floor or carpet requires more effort and equipment than other tasks. This is because sweeping and vacuuming won’t suffice in a construction cleanup; it’s essential to adequately deep clean the floors, as floors get the most dirt because they receive the most traffic.
After vacuuming, scrubbing the floor is important to get rid of stubborn dirt and tough stains. Using a washing detergent or cleaning chemical in this process can leave the floor shining and spotless. Additionally, scrubbing is also necessary for removing any sticky residue and cleaning under the couch cushions.
Regardless of the texture or material of your floor, cleaning it can be hectic. You can also choose to hire a cleaning service for a long-lasting floor cleaning.
Shining the Bathrooms
A thorough cleaning of the bathrooms is often ignored, while it should be prioritized the most when it comes to cleaning the house, whether it’s during a construction clean-up or a regular one.
Starting with vacuuming, you must get rid of all the dirt, debris, mold, and cobwebs to make it easier to scrub. Then, taking out sponges and brushes, start the process of cleaning and washing the accessories. This includes the toilet bowl, showerhead, bathtub, sink, and cabinets. Using strong cleaning chemicals is helpful to fight off stubborn stains and bad odors.
Moving forward from scrubbing, spray a glass cleaner on the mirror and wipe it with a soft microfiber cloth, moving from left to right and then in a zig-zag motion.
The last step is to wash the entire bathroom and disinfect it to prevent germs and mold.
Decontaminating the Kitchen
After any remodeling around the house, an intricate cleaning job is due for the kitchen. It has to be done carefully and cautiously as there is a high risk of the exposure of food and utensils to contaminants.
Before you start, remove and disconnect all the appliances to set aside for later cleaning and safety purposes. This includes the stove, oven, and microwave. Once they are all cleared, the first step is to dust the surfaces as well as atop the cabinets. Then, use a sponge and a cleaning solution to wipe the dirt and sticky residue, such as grease, over surfaces like countertops, cabinets, shelf fronts, stovetops, sinks, etc.
Clear all the mess with a wash and mop after a thorough scrub, and disinfect to guarantee a germ-free and immaculate kitchen. You may reconnect all the appliances after cleaning them separately.
Cleaning the Electrical Appliances
Microwave or fridge, coffee machine or oven, all appliances should be cleaned inside out in the post-construction clean-up.
When cleaning the refrigerator, opt for the DIY techniques instead of chemicals, such as baking soda or vinegar mixed with water. This solution is remarkable for scrubbing and getting rid of hard-to-clean marks inside a refrigerator. Industrial cleaners have certain toxins and components that aren’t preferred to be used where you would store food and drinks. The exterior of the fridge, however, can be cleaned with the said chemicals.
Similarly, you should clean the oven and dishwashers with thorough scrub and wipe. If they offer self-cleaning options, you should turn them on before you start the cleaning process yourself, or until the professionals arrive, to save time.
Moving to smaller appliances, thoroughly cleaning juicers and coffee machines is also essential, as everything around the house, whether it’s small or big, gets covered by construction dust and dirt during the process. Most importantly, disinfect all the items ahead of their placement back in the kitchen.
Wiping the Ceiling Fans, Shutters, and Blinds
Inevitably, ceiling fans and window coverings attract a huge amount of dust, including the construction build-up, that accumulates over time, ergo, cleaning them thoroughly is included in the construction cleanup.
Ceiling fans are dusted and wiped down off the dirt as well as the sticky debris on the blades. Once you wipe off the dust, use the pillowcase method to clean the blades. Put a pillowcase over each blade and wipe the dirt towards yourself. This way, the dust won’t fall or spread and both sides of the blades will be cleaned in one go.
Moreover, vacuum the blinds and shutters and then wiped and disinfect them with a microfiber cloth.
Scrubbing the Baseboards, Doors, and Frames
These wooden surfaces are the most exposed to the dirt and dust around the house, and even more so if you have kids, pets, or after construction work at the residence.
Based on their texture, they are to be scrubbed with natural cleaners instead of hard chemicals. Sweep or vacuum the surface, and then move towards disinfecting them to get rid of any contamination, germs, and bacteria. Pay extra attention to the doorknobs as we pass and catch most of the germs simply by opening the doors.
This is also a great way to get rid of any old spots or paint marks on the baseboards or doors.
Sweeping the Cabinets and Drawers
Storage spaces accumulate the most dust and germs than any other place around the house. All cabinets, drawers, shelves, and walk-in closets should be vacuumed for effective construction cleanup. Decluttering them before would make it easier to clean them.
For wooden furniture, avoid using chemicals. Instead, distilled vinegar or baking soda will do the job when used for scrubbing the insides of these spaces.
Similar to doors, cabinets and closets are also used daily and their handles and knobs are a hub for germs and bacteria. Therefore, don’t forget to clean and disinfect them too.
Vacuuming the Windows and Racks
Next in line should be the racks and windows. Vacuum the racks for any debris, spray a cleaning chemical and then wipe the racks with a sponge or cloth.
Spray the windows with good-quality glass cleaners and then wipe them down with a microfiber cloth. Use the same aforementioned zig-zag motion to prevent any damage.
Lastly, disinfect both the windows and racks.
Cleaning and Disinfecting the House
At the end of the construction clean-up, you should have dusted, wiped, and disinfected all surfaces. This includes the cabinets, countertops, kitchen, bathroom, shelves, doors, windows, fireplace mantles, and every nook and cranny of your home.
The Bottom Line
Having plenty of tasks to do but not having the time for it can be frustrating. Remodeling or not, cleaning in itself is an important chore that asks for a significant amount of effort and time, but if you don’t have the hours to put into it, there are services out there who are willing to do the work for you.
At My Cleaning Angel, our team is professionally trained to clean any residence. From vacuuming and scrubbing the floor to the spotless cleaning of the refrigerator, our cleaners have expertise in everything. You can get quotations for a construction cleanup pack as well for other services, such as a regular or a deep clean once a month. Additionally, we offer multiple services, checklists, and guides that will help you clean your property, with or without external help. Book cleaning services online, it’s fast and easy.