If you’ve made the decision to extend your home or renovate previously existing rooms, there is much to be done in the preparation leading up the changes and a considerable amount of after builders cleaning to attend to. Cleaning up after a renovation or extension is different in many ways to general domestic cleaning. However, there are many things you can take from your everyday home cleaning process and apply to getting the post-renovated or extended area looking spick and span and dust free.
Keep in mind that you may want to hire a professional cleaner to do a thorough job at making sure the renovated or extended area is clear from dust and harmful chemicals and is ready and safe to inhabit.
Prior to the renovation or extension, you should prepare the space properly. This will involve some light house cleaning and removing any breakable, fragile or valuable items and putting them in a safe place.
Make sure you have plastic sheets to lay on the ground. This will make the cleaning process much easier after the renovation or extension is complete. Plastic sheets can be purchased from most hardware stores if you are doing the work yourself. Otherwise, contact the company and see if they are provided as part of the building service.
To cover counter surfaces and any furniture in the space, old towels and sheets are a good idea to do this without spending a fortune. It is worth asking at a second hand charity store if they have any old blankets, towels or sheets you can use. Make sure items are adequately covered so that they don’t get covered in dust or damaged in any other way during the renovation or extension process.
After the renovation or extension is complete, it is time to get the house clean by doing some serious dusting. To do the best dusting job, use a damp microfiber cloth and run it over all surfaces. This simple process will lift the top layer of dust. To get the walls, ceilings and tricky spaces, attach the cloth to a broom so that you can reach. You will want to have a bucket of water handy to rinse out the cloth as it gathers dust. Brush the dust from the countertops, flat surfaces and window sills onto the ground. If the ground it still covered in the plastic covering, you can easily remove this and dust all at once.
After you have gone through the room once with the cloth, it is time to get the vacuum out. Vacuuming is an important step in removing all the dust from the room. First, vacuum up high on the ceiling and along the walls. Make sure to get in the corners of the ceiling by detaching the vacuum head. Then, remove the plastic covering from the floor and vacuum along the ground. You may need to go over the floor space a few times because there will be many layers of dust. Pay particular attention to the spaces in the corner of the floor and around the base of any furniture or counters. This is where dust can easily gather when pushed off the surface top.
After dusting all the surfaces, go over counters and benches with a disinfectant spray and clean cloth. Use carpet cleaner if you have carpeted floors or mop to deep clean wooden floors to ensure that the space is clean and fresh after the extension or renovation.