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 try to 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 your project is complete.
1. Purchase contractor’s bags. There’s nothing more frustrating than using flimsy garbage bags that rip or tear as you’re trying to fill them with construction debris. Contractor’s bags are large, durable bags that can make your cleanup much 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. What I learned after my project is that dust can collect just about anywhere, even locations that’ve been covered up.
3. Clean heating and cooling vents and grates. Because heating and cooling systems must run during a project, dust can get into ducts and furnaces. 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. It’s also a good idea to wash dishes, silverware, and other items if you notice dust buildup.
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. I used a damp rag on my walls and was surprised to see how dirty the water was when I was done. 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 simply 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 is performing in your area.
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