Renovations are incredible things. They can make your home safer and more efficient, add value to your investment, and, most importantly, make your home a more comfortable, useful place to live.
There is nothing like a brand new, freshly transformed space to make your home feel like an entirely new place — one that works better for you and your family. But renovations also bring unique cleaning challenges — from the mess and clutter of transformation to the task of making sure your new features stay clean.
Looking for a little help? Here’s how to keep your new renovations looking spotless for years to come.
Remember: Cleaning Starts Before The Renovation Ends
The easiest cleanup to tackle is the cleanup that never has to happen at all! The best way to minimize cleanup after renovations is to make sure that you or your contractor have a plan in place to mitigate dust, grime, and disruption as they go.
Hang heavy floor-to-ceiling tarps at all entry points to the construction zone, using masking tape to seal seams along the floor, ceiling, and walls. If your renovation work involves a lot of sawing or sanding, consider doubling up the tarps, to avoid fine particles filtering through.If the site will be particularly dusty, ask your contractor about using a professional air filtration unit on the job site. Unlike large fans, which simply stir up dust, a commercial HEPA air filtration unit can remove dust from the air while construction is still going on.
Lay paper or tarps over any high-traffic areas to protect flooring and carpets from workers moving through the space, and remove or cover any furniture or surfaces near the construction zone with tarps or plastic to help protect your items from dust. Closet doors can be sealed with masking or painter’s tape to prevent dust from filtering in and settling on clothing.
The first step in any post-construction cleanup is mitigating construction debris and dust. As any home renovation veteran can attest, even the most diligent construction crew tends to create a great deal of dust, and confining it to a small area is nearly impossible. As a result, step one is to mitigate dust throughout the home.
To attack dust from renovations, let gravity work for you by using the top-to-bottom cleaning method. In each affected room, begin by using an extendable duster to wipe down crown moldings and corners, then use a microfiber cloth to remove dust from walls, windows, lampshades, and surfaces. Working at a slow and steady pace is better than moving quickly, ensuring that you won’t kick up a cloud of dust that will disperse and resettle elsewhere in the room.
Don’t forget to dust fan blades, baseboards, behind televisions and other appliances, and windows and window treatments. Closets, especially closets containing out-of-season items, can be places where dust settles, so make sure to check in every nook and cranny to avoid unpleasant surprises later.
A vacuum with HEPA filtration is a great way to remove dust from upholstered surfaces and floors. An electrostatic dust broom can also be a great (and fairly inexpensive) way to remove dust from hard flooring. Electrostatic brooms are made of a polyurethane foam that builds up an electrostatic charge as you sweep, attracting dust rather than sending it back into the air.
Clear The Air
Most of us don’t change the air filters in our home HVAC units as frequently as we should, but regardless of your usual schedule, changing filters is a must after renovations. Make sure to change all air filters in heating and air conditioning systems, as well as any powered air purifiers in the home.
As you’re changing your filters, remember that renovation debris and construction dust can settle in and on HVAC vents. Be sure to dust the outside of your vents, and consider removing the vent covers to and using your vacuum’s attachments to vacuum inside the vents, to avoid an unpleasant surprise the first time you run your heater or air conditioner post-renovation.
Keeping Your New Renovations Spotless
Cleaning your new surfaces and appliances after a renovation can be a nerve-racking project. After all, the last thing you want is to damage a brand-new surface or appliance by using the wrong cleaning product or tool. Before you get started, make sure you understand what to do — and what to avoid — in cleaning your beautiful new additions.
Regular dusting will help keep wood countertops, shelves, and floors looking new. A soft microfiber cloth or feather duster is usually enough to remove dust and airborne particles from wood surfaces. Vinegar diluted with water should be safe to use on most wood surfaces, but be sure to always test a small area first.
Avoid abrasive sponges or store bought chemical multi-surface cleaners, as these can dull wood’s appearance over time. Depending on how your wood surfaces were sealed, a paste wax or conditioning oil may need to be applied at regular intervals to keep the wood from drying out and dulling.
Although we often sing the praises of vinegar around here, avoid its use on porous stone like granite, marble, concrete or cement, or quartz. Vinegar is acidic, and can discolor or even etch these stones. Instead, use a microfiber cloth and gentle soap and water to keep your stone surfaces looking their best.
Like stone, stainless steel responds best to gentle cleaning methods. Avoid abrasive scrubbers or cleaning products, and stick to gentle cleansers. Your trusty microfiber cloth will come in handy here as well, and gentle cleansers like vinegar mixed with a bit of mineral oil, or commercial cleaners made specifically for stainless steel surfaces, should be enough to keep your brand new stainless looking striking and gorgeous.
Newly Regrouted Tile
A few days after a bathroom renovation, you’re likely to notice that your freshly regrouted tile is looking a bit cloudy and dull. The film that builds up is called “grout haze,” and it’s caused by a buildup of grout dust on the surface of the tile. As the grout dries, the dust on the tile dries as well, creating a whitish-gray film.
Removing grout haze is simple — once the grout has completely dried, use damp cheesecloth to lift and scrub away the grout dust. For harder ceramic tiles, vinegar should be safe to use, but for porous stone, remember to use non-acidic cleaners.
Keeping Your New Renovations Looking Spotless
Cleaning up after renovations is a big job. If there is ever a time to consider a professional cleaning, this is it. Sweeping Dimensions is here to provide you with the kind of professional knowledge and expertise that can help make even the biggest post-renovation cleaning a snap. And moving forward, we have the tools and services it takes to help you make a safe, eco-friendly plan to keep all of your new surfaces looking brand new for years to come.
Whether you’ve just moved in, just finished a renovation, or are just looking to spruce up your current home, Sweeping Dimensions can help! With a professionally trained and uniformed staff, all of our cleanings are fully customizable to meet your unique needs. We bring all of the cleaning supplies and equipment needed to clean your home, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning products.
We’re so confident that you’ll love our service, that we offer the Sweeping Dimensions guarantee! If our cleaning services should ever fail to meet your expectations, you can call us within 24 hours of your cleaning and we will send out a supervised crew to correct anything that needs attention.
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