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Cleaning Your Home After Renovation

Bermuda Home Cleaning After a Renovation

Bermuda Post-Renovation Cleaning

Renovating your home can be overwhelming due to the potential mess and stress involved. Once the renovation is completed, you’re still left with the aftermath of dust, debris, and dirt filling in every home’s nook and cranny. Cleaning up after a renovation can be daunting, but it’s not impossible!

Remove All Trash

Begin with removing all the trash from your home that wasn’t taken by the building crew. This includes any debris or leftover materials from the renovation work, such as nails, screws, wood shavings, or other sharp objects that might pose a risk or that you simply don’t want lying around. Use contractors’ garbage bags to dispose of more oversized items, such as drywall or tiles, and ensure they are properly labelled for easy identification.

    Make sure to dispose of everything properly to the correct waste location if they are not items that can be left for normal trash collection. You may refer to the Bermuda Government’s “What Goes Where?” chart for more information. You can also hire professionals to handle waste or larger items, including any old furniture, appliances, or other items no longer needed in your newly renovated space.

    Wipe Down Light Fixtures and Bulbs

    Once all the trash has been disposed of from the area, it’s time to start wiping from the top down and this includes light fixtures and bulbs. Dust and debris can accumulate on these surfaces during renovations and need a thorough clean-up. Use a soft cloth or microfiber towel that won’t scratch the surfaces of any glass bulbs or fixtures.

    A microfiber cloth dampened with warm water mixed with vinegar will do wonders in removing dust and grime from lighting fixtures that may have accumulated on them during the renovation process. This will ensure they function correctly while giving off optimal lighting in your home.

    Dusting Fans and Ceilings

    After renovations, dusting fans and ceilings is vital in restoring your home’s air quality. Use an extendable duster to reach fans and other high surfaces around your home. You can also use a ladder or step stool and clean with a microfiber cloth or feather duster to remove dust from these areas but take proper safety precautions.

    Be sure to wipe down each blade individually, as dust accumulates on fans over time. While dusting, make sure that you focus on each room’s ceiling corners, since they tend to accumulate more dirt than other parts of the ceiling.

    Vacuuming

    Dust and debris can accumulate quickly during renovations. Start by vacuuming all carpets, rugs, and upholstery. Then move on to hard surfaces like floors and walls. Use a crevice tool to get into tight spaces and corners where dust accumulates. Don’t forget baseboards, windowsills, and corners – where dirt collects unnoticed. Ensure you empty the vacuum bag or canister frequently throughout this process, so it doesn’t become clogged with dust.

    Also, invest in an air purifier (or rent one) for the first few weeks after the renovation, as residual dust particles may still be floating around your home. Vacuuming should be done multiple times in different directions to ensure that every corner has been covered, including under furniture and carpets. Use a high-quality vacuum cleaner with strong suction power to remove all dirt and dust particles from every nook and cranny.

    Wipe Down All Horizontal Surfaces

    Wipe down all horizontal surfaces with a damp cloth, microfiber towel, or disinfectant wipe. This includes countertops, tables, shelves, cabinets, and furniture – anything that may have collected dust or debris during renovation. Pay extra attention to areas where food will be prepared or consumed, such as the kitchen and dining room. If there are any persistent spots or stains, use an appropriate cleaner, but be sure to follow the guidance of the specialist that installed the appliance or countertop for best cleaning practices.

    Avoid harsh chemicals that damage newly installed fixtures or surfaces like countertops, floors, or cabinets. Use a microfiber or soft cloth instead of abrasive cleaning tools that can scratch surfaces. Also, clean any decorative items or accessories that have collected dust during the renovation, such as picture frames or vases.

    Hiring a Professional Cleaning Service

    Hire a professional cleaning service to clean your home deeply. These services have specialized equipment and products that effectively remove construction dust and debris from every nook and corner of your house. They will also sanitize surfaces such as floors, walls, and ceilings which may have become contaminated during renovations.

    They can also help with more labor-intensive tasks, such as deep cleaning carpets or upholstery that may have been stained during renovation. You can get a free cleaning estimate with Clean.bm or book a cleaning online.

    Clean Air Vents and Replace Filters

    Clean your air vents and replace filters. During the renovation, dust, and debris will have settled on your air conditioning units, making units less effective and less efficient when cooling is necessary. Most air split system air conditioners have a removable, washable filter. Remove the filter and wash thoroughly in soapy water – using a brush, if necessary to remove any grime left behind by construction workers.

    After that, rinse in clean water and wipe with a clean towel to help dry – allowing them to dry completely fully before reinstalling and using your air conditioner. If the filters are disposable or otherwise in very bad condition, replace them with new ones.

    Invest in Good Mats and Rugs

    Invest in good mats and rugs to protect your floors from dust and debris. If you have existing mats, ensure that they are completely free of construction dust as you don’t want to track in the dirt you’ve worked so hard to get out! Place new or clean mats at all entrances and walkways in your home to catch any dirt that may enter the house. This includes indoor and outdoor areas such as doorways, hallways, patios, garages, etc.

    Without a mat to stop this debris, it could end up on your carpets or hardwood floors and result in permanent damage or stains. Good quality mats trap dirt effectively, reducing the cleaning needed for your flooring. Washing or sweeping a carpet is much easier than dealing with scratches or stains on a hardwood floor.

    Conclusion

    Cleaning your home after a renovation can be daunting, but it can be manageable with the right tools and strategy. Ensuring you have the appropriate gear and using appropriate cleaning supplies and techniques can make all the difference. From dusting to vacuuming to mopping, a systematic approach to cleaning each space can help you achieve a spotless result. Remember to take breaks as needed and seek professional assistance for particularly challenging areas like carpets or upholstery.

    If you need more clarification on cleaning alone, consider hiring a professional cleaning service. They have the expertise and equipment to tackle even the toughest post-renovation messes. Following these tips will make your newly renovated home look fresh in no time. So, roll up your sleeves and get ready to enjoy your updated living space!

    Need a hand? Clean.bm specializes in Bermuda home cleaning and can help with your one-time cleaning project and routine cleans!

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