If you have had some work done in your home, like the renovation of a kitchen or a bathroom, or even the whole house, you are probably left with a huge amount of mess after the contractors leave. Most contractors will take away the rubble and the leftover materials, but they are not likely to clean your house.
If you don’t want to take on this gigantic task on your own, you can consult a professional cleaning service to help you. However, if you want to do everything on your own, you are going to need to plan ahead and do things right. Here’s how.
Start with Dust
Sawing, grinding, and other work required to renovate a house produce a lot of debris. Some of it is fairly big and can be easily removed by hand. However, a part of it will become aerosolized and will become dust in the air.
If you have a dust allergy, you know how bad it can get even in a regular room, let alone in a room with a high concentration of it. Even if you don’t suffer from allergies, breathing in dust is neither pleasant nor healthy. What’s more, the dust can set on freshly painted and coated furniture and significantly reduce the sheen, make it look old and drab.
You can start by opening your doors and windows; the more dust naturally leaves your house, the better it is for you. After that, you will need to get your hands dirty, metaphorically and literally.
Start with vacuuming the carpets and changing the curtains, as they have likely collected a lot of the dust. If your sofa and other upholstered furniture were inside the house while it was being renovated, it will need a deep cleaning as well. You should probably find a cleaning service to help you with that.
Another important place which can house a lot of dust are your air ducts. Take your air conditioning filter and either clean it or replace it. If you can clean your air ducts yourself, do it as before vacuuming the place. If you can’t consult experts to help you with that.
Sweep and Brush Everything Down
Your walls and hardwood floors are next. Dry dust your walls and all the wooden furniture. You can use some cleaners for your wooden surfaces, but dry dusting is just as effective. Once you have cleaned all the surfaces, including shelves, tables, cupboards, and your kitchen countertop, you can start with the floors.
Don’t do the floors first, because you may end up with debris falling from your other surfaces while you clean them.
Even though your house is relatively clean by now, you still have a lot of electrical appliances which need to be sorted out. TVs and gaming consoles, as well as computers, work best without a thick coating of dust preventing them from dissipating heat.
Furthermore, all of your kitchen appliances will be storing or touching your food. Make sure that they are clean enough to eat off of.
Once all the big surfaces are done, you may think you have finished, but I’m sad to say, that’s not exactly true. Now you come to the little things. If you have a lot of artwork, like paintings and figurines, you may be spending a lot of time dusting each individual piece.
There are some items people tend to forget, like lampshades and ceiling fans, so pay extra attention not to miss those.
Redecorating a house is a big step, but one which is definitely worth the investment. However, before you can enjoy the new and updated look of your home, you will need to put in the last bit of effort and clean the place top to bottom.