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The Essential Guide to Post-Renovation Cleaning

We all know how home renovations can be extremely messy and how there is tons of debris and a lot of things you don’t know what to do with afterward. Once you’ve finished everything, completely satisfied with how things turned out, you’ll have to clean it all up and make sure your home can have guests again. But how? Where to start? There simply must be an easier way to clean the whole house after the renovation without having to spend a whole week. Let’s delve into the post–renovation clean up and see how to do it effectively while saving time and energy. Read on! 

Gathering Cleaning Supplies and Equipment

Before doing any job of any sort, you’ll have to make sure you have the right “tools” at your disposal to make the whole thing easier and faster, more time-efficient, and simply cleaner in the end. The best way to go about all of it is to take a good look at the type of cleaning supplies you’ll need and it greatly depends on the type of debris you'll have to remove. For example, if the floor is completely covered in paint after you’ve finished painting the walls, you’ll need to use some industrial cleaning chemicals to dissolve the paint without harming the nice-looking wooden floor. Then there are the tiles in the bathroom, completely covered in dust. Usually, your regular cleaning soap will do the job, and again for windows and doors, the Mr.Proper you’ve stored somewhere in your bathroom cabin is more than enough. Now, in terms of “tools”, all you need is a couple of hands to help you out, heavy-duty garbage bags, microfiber cloths, dust masks, rubber gloves, and a variety of cleaning solutions for different surfaces. Best of luck. You’re in for a lot of fun! 

Assessing the Scope of Cleaning

Now, everything in life comes down to proper planning and making sure you estimate the whole job and its difficulty ahead of time. When we say assessing, we mean making sure you’re completely aware of how much work there actually is, and how much time it also takes. Once you’ve established that the house is a complete mess and you’ll probably have to clean for at least 2 to 4 days, the next step is to simply categorize the debris, the dust, and the type of junk and to think of the many ways you can dispose of it. 

Not all debris is treated equally, and your sofa couch doesn’t mix with the dust and junk you made while demolishing the old bathroom tiles. Fortunately, many companies offer junk removal services and can help you at least with this part without you having to worry about it. You can always look for some local and friendly companies doing the job. For example, you can search for junk hauling services in Cincinnati or any other city and you’ll find dozens of companies, often family-run and owned, doing the junk removal part. Why hire someone? Well, if you have the time to find the proper vehicle to do the job yourself and then think of where you can put the junk, you’re free to do it on your own. But it will probably take you a lot of time and cost you double the money as well. This way, you can be at peace and think of the next part of the house you should be cleaning. 

The Really Big Chunks! 

When it comes to construction debris, there are a few things to consider before getting a pair of gloves and the right attitude. Construction debris often includes big chunks of different parts of the house and often so it means you’ll have to be careful about the way you remove it to avoid hurting yourself or someone else. If you’ve demolished a couple of walls in the house to make more space, if you removed the old backyard patio completely, or if you have a lot of sharp objects like tiles and glass, the best way is to get a couple of containers and slowly start sorting the debris. Three containers should do the trick; you can rent them for a small price, with the first being for the really big chunks of debris, the second for glass, tiles, and other sharp objects, and the third for dust, sand, and the rest. Be careful and also talk to a professional about the possibility of some hazardous materials. 

How to Tackle Dust 

Well, dust seems to be more of an issue than most of us want to admit. Dust gets easily on every surface, makes quite a mess, and makes it impossible to tackle at once. So, the best way to deal with dust is gradually, surface by surface, and with the help of a simple special ingredient- good old water. Now, the way to handle the issue is to start with the big surfaces like the ceiling, light fixtures, and shelves and then gradually go from those surfaces to smaller ones like the little air ducts and the small cracks that are hard to reach. The best way is to use super microfiber cloths perfectly suitable to pick up even the smallest dust particles and to carry a water bottle with you all the time. The water simply makes the dust into smaller cloths and it’s easier to pick it up as opposed to simply picking it up with a cloth which in the end disperses all the dust everywhere. 

Sanitizing Surfaces 

Of course, the most important thing is to properly sanitize all the surfaces with the right chemicals and to make sure the kitchen and bathroom are properly sanitized and disinfected. Of course, get a nice pair of gloves and a couple of chemical supplies, and the magic begins. Make sure you use the proper chemicals for the right surface and material. Wood, metal, and ceramics are all treated differently. Once that’s been taken care of, you can enjoy your new home in all its glory. 

Now, it takes a bit of time and planning but once all that’s been taken care of, you can finally enter your home knowing there is no more dust or debris left. The home renovation is complete.

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