Whether you just finished a home remodeling project or you’re looking to start one, you know there are many things to consider. Cost, materials needed, and who will do the work are just a few. What may often be overlooked is cleaning after the project is complete.
During my basement remodel, we cleaned regularly to help keep dust and debris to a minimum. When it was all said and done, we still had a big cleaning job with the remainder of our home. No matter how you minimize dirt and debris, they still manage to travel to many different areas of your home.
Here are some tips for cleaning up your home after completing your project.
1. Purchase contractor’s bags.
Nothing is more frustrating than using flimsy garbage bags that rip or tear as you try to fill them with construction debris. Contractor’s bags are large, durable bags that make your cleanup simpler and more efficient. They also travel well if you have access to a community-based disposal yard. Sizes range from 39 to 60 gallons.
2. Vacuum your furniture.
Even if you’ve had your furniture covered during the project, it’s still a good idea to vacuum it. After my project, I learned that dust can collect just about anywhere, even in locations that have been covered up.
3. Clean heating and cooling vents and grates.
Dust can enter ducts and furnaces because heating and cooling systems must run during a project. Don’t forget to wipe down your vents, especially the air intake vents. This will help reduce the amount of dust that gets constantly blown around your home.
4. Clean inside and outside cabinets and closets.
Even though our personal items are behind closed doors, dust can find a way in. Wipe down the inside and outside of your cabinets to remove debris. If you notice dust buildup, washing dishes, silverware, and other items is also a good idea.
5. Wipe down your walls.
Wiping down walls is often something that gets overlooked. Different paint colors can do a great job concealing dirt and debris. If your walls are newly painted, wipe them down with a dry rag or vacuum them with a soft-bristled attachment. Otherwise, a damp rag can be used. When I was done, I used a damp rag on my walls and was surprised to see how dirty the water was. For hard-to-reach areas, a feather duster on an extendable pole works well.
6. Clean miscellaneous items.
Dust can rest on light bulbs, ceiling fans, and home decorations. As time permits, gently wipe down these items with a damp rag or a microfiber cloth. If you forget about the ceiling fan, you may have a dust storm in your home the first time you turn it on.
7. Contact your local cleaning company.
If cleaning your home is too difficult, consider contacting a cleaning company in your area. Ask your friends, co-workers, or family members for referrals. Or check with the Better Business Bureau to see how a company performs in your area.
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