Regardless of whether you’re doing a residential or commercial renovation, handling construction waste afterward is not something easy to deal with. Dust and dirt are inevitable despite taking measures to cover items while undertaking the project. Brick dust and brick walls come with severe health risks and damage to appliances and equipment when neglected.
Understanding post-construction cleaning
After a new construction, remodel or renovation, a cleanup is necessary to deal with waste and debris. This is very important for all construction projects regardless of whether it is healthcare, hotel, school, or residential property. Post-construction cleaning is done by a team of professionals who understand the careful clearing of all construction waste.
This includes tile scraps, wood pieces, screws, sand, or anything else left behind by the building team. The cleaning requirements vary by project although some of the items not to miss on the cleaning to-do list include cleaning and wiping windows, walls, floors, and doors. Doing this makes the property in a sanitary condition before project handover or occupation.
Types of post-construction cleaning
Rough cleaning of the interior
The best moment to request construction cleaning services is immediately after the completion of the heavy works. This is usually after the installation of fixtures such as plumbing, electrical, framing, and mechanical. A rough clean includes removing huge pieces of trash and debris left over after the various construction phases. The most significant importance of rough construction cleaning is to remove anything that vacuum cleaning and general sweeping won’t handle.
This process involves focusing on thoroughly cleaning each room. Everything on the property gets a deep clean. Fixtures such as windows, sinks, glass doors, and cabinets are dusted at first before proper disinfecting using appropriate detergent. Afterward, giving special attention to the floors involves paying special attention to details on ornaments, fabrics, and corners. This allows making sure that any remaining dirt and debris is removed.
The last stage during post-construction cleaning involves a thorough inspection of your property. This is done with a final to-do list handy. Some of the activities during final cleaning include a deep cleaning of rugs and carpets, window shining, and pressure cleaning of outdoor surfaces and concrete. A final inspection is done to be sure that the place is clean to clients’ expectations.
Steps to leave your space sparkling after a post-construction clean
Beginning the cleaning process
Beginning construction post cleaning involves gathering dust before detailed cleaning. Rooms not affected by the construction are sealed off using tape or plastic sheets to prevent particles from spreading. Taking precautions saves time and effort while cleaning.
The plastic is gently attached to the walls including the use of tape that doesn’t damage the paint on removal. All ventilation openings and vents need blocking to prevent dust from settling inside. Accumulation of dust in the air ducts makes it go through the HVAC system on turning it on.
Cleaning the interiors
Room-by-room cleaning requires starting from the farthest corners and working to the doors. This avoids tracking dirt to areas already cleaned. The whole place from the ceiling, walls, and floors need sweeping using a soft-bristled broom. This allows being sure that there’s no debris remaining. Cleaning staff wears protective equipment including masks when the place has a lot of dust.
The use of commercial-grade vacuum cleaners is very important during cleaning after construction. Each room needs vacuuming more than once after sweeping and when doing the final clean. Carpets and rugs need vacuuming in slow gear to pick up all dirt and dust. When the dust has settled down, there’s a need for a second round of vacuuming.
Cleaning the tiles
After installation, tiles accumulate various types of residue as construction goes on. So, these need good wiping using a damp sponge. After wiping the tiles using a dry towel, making any remaining smudges disappear requires using a sponge. A putty knife comes in handy to scrape off residue that won’t come off using the sponge. The residue needs covering with a damp warm towel to soften the material after some time. After scraping everything, wiping and buffing with a clean dry cloth is the final step.
Cleaning wooden surfaces
These need great care to avoid moisture while cleaning to avoid water damage. If ignored, moisture presence encourages the growth of mold. Any residue on the wooden floor needs removing gently using a dry towel. Removing stubborn stains requires using window cleaner or white vinegar in small amounts. Completely dry construction residue requires softening using wood oil. Afterward, scraping gently using a putty knife will eliminate the residue.
Wiping pasty substances on carpets is not recommended to avoid causing additional damage. The material requires leading to dry before cleaning by breaking it off in bits and vacuuming. Afterward, spraying the stain using carpet cleaner and blotting using paper towels, microfiber cloth or other absorbent fabric will make the carpets sparkling.
The complexity, lack of experience, time, and equipment makes professional post-construction cleaning necessary. It guarantees quality service while making the property free from health hazards.