Renovations are very rewarding but they can also be very, very difficult. One of the hardest parts of getting your home renovated is having to clean up after everything’s been done. This is the last step before your new space is showcased in all its glory–but it can also be hard work. The more work’s been done, the more dust and debris there will be to clean, not to mention making sure that everything is sanitized and livable.
In this article, we’ll be showing you our guide to keeping your space clean and clearing away the dust so you can enjoy the renovation you’ve put time, money, and effort into. Keep reading and find out what it takes to dust your home off after it’s been put through a grand makeover!
Sweep & Vacuum
Just as with painting, the first step to cleaning up after a major home renovation is to get rid of the dust. Dust isn’t just bothersome, it can also cause a variety of illnesses–from something as minor as an allergy to something as major as asthma or concrete poisoning. It’s crucial that you clear out as much dust as possible from the floors, walls, and other surfaces.
You’ll need to make sure that the area is dust-free before you can move onto the next steps. You’ll also want to do this before moving into any of your new furniture. Otherwise, the dust will just get on your upholstery and cushions. If there are any existing cushions, couches, and mattresses in the area, make sure that you vacuum them and then take them out in the sun to make sure that any bugs and mites living in the fluff are dealt with.
It isn’t just enough to physically remove dirt from your house–you also have to chemically get rid of the microscopic bacteria that can make you and your family sick. Make sure that you bring cleaning materials and reagents that are safe for every surface. For tiles and marble, you can use stronger, bleach-based disinfectants to make sure that countertops are food-safe and kitchens are squeaky-clean. However, for wooden tables, countertops, and flooring, you’ll want to get a disinfectant that’s gentle enough that it won’t degrade the varnish, paint, and wood grain itself.
Don’t Ignore the Small Stuff
Sometimes we get so obsessed with the bigger, wide spaces in our houses that we forget about the smaller spaces and little touches. But it’s in the small corners and hinges where dust, cobwebs, and germs usually thrive. Don’t forget to wipe doorknobs, drawer handles, and door frames. You should also remember to vacuum the top shelves–these are hard places to reach and see, but they get very, very dusty.
Don’t Forget the Insides of Compartments
There’s no use in having a clean kitchen if you’re going to store your dining ware in dirty cabinets. There are a lot of times we forget to clean and wipe down the insides of closets, cabinets, and drawers. We focus so much on the exterior that we completely forget about the insides, which will actually be holding our things. Covering your compartments with linens might seem traditional, but it’s a very important step when it comes to protecting your cabinets and other belongings.
Get an Expert Opinion
Although doing things yourself might seem easier because it’s cheaper, there’s really no substitute for professional cleaners. They have an expert eye and great cleaning checklists and must-dos which make them know immediately what they have to target in your home. Check out home cleaners with good ratings and reviews so you can ensure that your home is in good hands.
You could also choose to do a half-half arrangement where you do the bulk of the cleaning and bring in the experts afterwards for an evaluation. This gives you the best of both worlds: a more budget-friendly price, but still the professional opinion to help you out!
Whether you choose to go the DIY or the professional route, keep these tips in mind so you’re never at a loss when you need it the most. Consider these tips and you’ll be moving into your house with all the confidence that all things are spick and span!