Your construction project was just completed. Whether you were building or remodeling a commercial building or a residential one, you know the job is far from over. The space is full of dust, the floors or carpets are dirty, and many surfaces are in need of a good polishing. No matter how good the general contractors or builders were, there will always be some messes that need cleaning up.
You might be able to handle post construction cleaning on your own, or you might need to hire a cleaning crew to take care of everything for you. It all depends on the size of your project, and on the time you have.
This post construction cleaning checklist will show you what needs to be done.
1. Pick up everything that was left by the construction crew
It’s impossible for a construction crew to not leave at least a bit of a mess as they complete a construction project. After they have left, walk around the property to pick up everything they might have left behind: debris, drop cloths, plastic sheets, nails, screws, and bolts.
Don’t forget to check the outside of the property as well, and remove everything you find that doesn’t belong there.
2. Clean all hard surfaces
Next, you should clean up all hard surfaces, uncluding the walls, from the top down. Start by wiping the dust off everything, before cleaning the walls, the moldings, the countertops, the cabinets, and other pieces of furniture.
You can use a cleaning product if you want to, or you can simply use a damp cloth. If you choose to use a cleaning product, make sure it won’t damage any surface.
3. Check if your walls need some minor repairs
Your post construction cleaning checklist should dedicate some focus on the walls. Construction crews use some heavy equipment, and might end up scratching walls and baseboards. Now that the walls are clean, it’s time to check if they need some minor repairs.
Scratches, scuffs and dents will need to be patched and repainted. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, don’t hesitate to hire professionals to help you make sure your walls and baseboards will look as brand new as they should.
4. Take good care of your floors and carpets
Your floors and carpets will be dusty and dirty, and you will need to mop and vacuum them thoroughly. Hardwood floors will probably need to be waxed and buffed, and if they are damaged, you will need to hire a professional to repair them.
Carpet fibers are known to trap odours as well as dust and dirt, so you should consider hiring a carpet cleaning crew to vacuum them and give them a good shampoo.
5. Clean your windows and mirrors
You don’t want your windows and mirrors to stay clouded with dust. Use a glass cleaning product and a microfiber cloth to wipe them down and make them shine. Depending on how dirty they are, you might need to clean them more than once so they can finally look perfect.
Don’t forget to clean the mirror frames and the window sills, and use a soft paintbrush to remove the dust that is stuck inside the window tracks.
6. Check the closets and drawers
If there are any closets, drawers and cabinets, you can be certain you will find some dust in them. Open every door and every drawer, and vacuum the dust and small debris you find inside.
You might also need to wipe them with a damp cloth if they seem particularly dirty.
7. Clean your air vents and replace their filters
Ventilation systems collect dust, and if you are not careful, they will distribute it everywhere inside the property. Before you turn on any ventilation system, clean the air vents, and replace dirty filters.
It might be a good idea to hire professionals to take care of ductwork cleaning as well. You don’t know how much dust can be stuck in there. It’s best to do everything you can to prevent your ventilation system from ruining your cleaning job.
8. Take care of the final details
Even when you think you finished everything on your post cleaning construction checklist, there are still a few more things you should think of. Lightbulbs and light fixtures can get very dusty, and you should wipe them with a dry cloth.
Use a microfiber cloth to polish light switches, door knobs, and other fixtures. If there are already window blinds and decorative items, make sure you dust and clean those as well. Everything should look spotless when you are done.
9. Don’t forget the exterior of the property
Finally, go around the property one more time to be sure there are no debris left on the driveway, on the walkways, and on the lawn. Remove debris and get rid of them properly.
If your driveway and your walkways are very dusty and dirty, you might want to use a hose to wash them, or better yet, hire a professional that can use a pressure washer to give them a good, thorough clean.
After you have gone through this checklist, you can finally say that the job is done!