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Home renovations are emotionally charged experiences for any homeowner. The prospect of updating the kitchen or adding another bathroom can be exciting, but the realization that your home will be subject to dust and disruption can make the remodeling experience incredibly stressful.
After the last tile has been laid and the last vanity installed, your newly decorated space is ready to live in and enjoy, right? After the dust settles, there is one last matter that needs your attention – post-renovation cleanup. The inevitable mess and debris left behind after a renovation project, especially a DIY, can result in prolonged frustration.
If you hired a contractor for your home renovation needs, confirm their cleanup policy in writing. This will save a lot of headaches later in the process. Using professional cleaning services will also help your home get back in shape in no time at all.
If you decide to do the post-renovation cleanup yourself, let Dubai’s trusted cleaning company guide you on how to clean everything like a professional.
Follow these nine tips to clean effectively and efficiently so you can finally enjoy your newly renovated space.
#1: Do Some Prep Work
The first thing to do before tackling any remodeling cleanup is to put together the right tools and supplies. Having the right supplies in place will help you stay organized as you clean and ensure the cleanup process goes as smoothly as possible.
Supplies and equipment you’ll need to eradicate every speck of dust, grime, and debris:
Having these tools and supplies on hand will enable you to put the finishing shine on your remodeling project.
#2: Open Up
Once you’ve collected all of the tools and supplies you need, ensure the room is well-ventilated. An open door and/or window lets fresh air in, and switching on your home’s air filter will absorb any excess dust particles lingering in the air.
#3: Dry Clean Every Surface
After letting in some fresh air, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work.
Clean from the top down: start from the ceiling, down to your walls, and onto every flat surface or countertop, before tackling the mess on the floor. Starting from the floor and moving your way up will result in dust and dirt settling on your newly cleaned floors.
Dry wipe surfaces and any area where dust and dirt can hide. This will ensure dust and particles are removed safely without causing damage. To tackle hard-to-reach spots, use a duster or a heavy-duty vacuum.
Sweep away any remaining dust and debris on the ground.
#4: Do a Damp Clean
Once you’ve dry dusted all of the hard surfaces, use a damp cloth and disinfectant to get rid of lingering dirt and dust particles.
A damp cloth can work to remove smudges, dirt, and scuff that dry dusting can't get rid of. Be sure to test out a damp cloth on a small surface first, particularly if you’re wiping down a wall’s surface, as moisture can affect the wallpaper or paint on the surface.
Don’t forget to wipe down door frames, shutters, blinds, and curtains. Door and window hinges, as well as window tracks, need to be wiped down with a damp cloth. During the renovation process, they can attract dust and dirt, preventing them from working properly.
Once the dust and dirt have been swept from the floor, it’s ready to be mopped.
#5: Clean Inside Cabinets & Closets
Even if your cabinets and closets were shuttered off during remodeling, you’d be surprised at how much dust can accumulate in these spaces. Similar to your countertops and hard surfaces, use your microfiber cloth to do a dry dusting before moving onto a damp clean.
#6: Vacuum Upholstery
Like cabinets and closets, upholstered furniture is a dust magnet - even if it was plastic wrapped during the renovation process.
Each soft surface, from couch cushions to the underside of the furniture, must be separately vacuumed and cleaned to remove all residual dust and dirt.
Using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner will make light of this task. If your upholstered furniture was stained during the renovation or needs a deep clean, a handheld garment steamer or a high-quality upholstery steam cleaner will work wonders.
This cleaning process can also be used for other soft surfaces like carpets and window curtains. Test any cleaner in a small inconspicuous area first.
#7: Polish Furnishings & Hard Surfaces
Certain surfaces require special attention to avoid scratches, stains, and other damage by dust, debris, and dirt. Marble countertops and hardwood floors are examples of surfaces that will require special cleaning.
To ensure your marble or granite counters never lose their luster, promptly clean any spills or soils when they occur. The longer they sit, the more likely they will transfer onto your surface permanently. Clean with a mild detergent or natural stone cleaner mixed with warm water.
To protect the surface, consider buffing your marble or granite after cleaning. When cleaning a surface like hardwood floors, avoid sweeping with a broom. This simply kicks up the dust and spreads the dirt and allergens onto other surfaces. Instead, use a microfiber dust mop to trap dust and pick up any residual fine particles on the surface.
#8: Dust Grates & Vents
After every surface has been thoroughly wiped down and cleaned, give your grates and vents some TLC. These areas are often overlooked which can result in potential respiratory problems for you and your family.
Remove vents and grates safely so they can be cleaned thoroughly with soap and warm water. Vacuum any dust that may have collected inside the vents. This is also an excellent time to replace any air filters with fresh ones and clean out a window air conditioner.
#9: Don't Forget the Little Things
Once the main areas of the renovation zone have been properly cleaned, don’t ignore small items that also collect dust. Things like picture frames, electrical fixtures, lampshades, ceiling fan blades, and decorative items all gather dust and debris during the renovation. Dry dusting and damp cleaning these commonly overlooked areas will ensure a fully dust-free living space.
Time to Call in the Pros?
As the list above demonstrates, post-renovation cleaning can be a marathon. Dealing with the mess left behind after a remodeling job can be as frustrating as the renovation itself. It can be an extensive and taxing experience that may simply be too much to tackle on your own.
If you don’t have time to manage the cleanup job and detail work, consider hiring a professional cleaning company. Their expertise and knowledge will allow you to quickly reclaim and enjoy your newly updated space.
Mohamed Samad is the Founder & CEO of Matic Services. He started the company in 2016 after a series of small start-ups within the home services sector. Prior to that, Mohamed was Vice President at Greenstone Equity Partners, where he spent 24 months building the UAE business from 2011-2013 with its founder.
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