Post Renovation Checklist
Your latest home renovation may have left you thrilled with your new bathroom or kitchen countertops
But don’t let a little cleanup dampen your enthusiasm for the new updates you’ve made to your home. Use this post-construction cleaning checklist to make sure you don’t miss a thing when tidying up after renovations.
1. Vacuum All UpholsteryThe fine dust that permeates the air during a renovation project has a knack for making its way onto your furniture. Take the time to vacuum all upholstered pieces with the appropriate attachment. If you need more than a vacuum to clean your fabric loveseat or chair, check out these instructions:
2. Wipe Down the Highs, Lows and Everywhere In BetweenThe residue from your home improvements knows no bounds. Unfortunately, that means you’re going to need to wipe down every surface in close proximity to the area in which the work took place. Here are some good starting points, as well as pointers on how do a more thorough cleaning if need be.
- How to Clean Baseboards
- How to Clean Painted Walls
- How to Clean Windowsills and Window Tracks
- How to Keep the Dustiest Areas in the Home Clean
- Tips for Cleaning Hard-to-Reach Places in Your Home
Dust Grates and VentsThese areas are often overlooked in post-construction cleaning, but they’re prime targets for renovation messes, so make sure you give them some TLC. If possible — and if it’s safe — you may want to remove the grate or vent and vacuum the inside to remove any dust that’s collected. In addition, the completion of a home update is an excellent excuse to change out your air filter or clean your window air conditioning unit
Clean Inside Cabinets and ClosetsConstruction and demolition dust can work its way into some surprising areas, including closets and cabinets.
Post-construction cleaning for closets can be relatively simple: Just wipe down any items that were on the floor with a microfiber cloth and vacuum the bottom of the closet. You may also want to shake out or clean any clothing items that were stored inside.
Cabinets require a little more effort, as you’ll want to remove everything within and wipe down the inside of the cabinet itself before cleaning and returning each item to its place.
Vacuum and Mop FloorsSave this step for last, as any dust or debris you kick up during your other end-of-renovation cleaning efforts will wind up on the floor eventually. A push broom may come in handy here, as you can sweep away large chunks of building materials, screws or bits of sawdust before running your vacuum.
The steps you take to wash your floors after vacuuming will depend on what materials they’re made from. The following may be helpful during your after-construction cleaning:
- Cleaning Marble and Granite Floors
- How to Clean an Area Rug
- How to Clean Ceramic Floors
- How to Clean No-Wax Linoleum Floors
- How to Keep Hardwood Floors Clean Throughout the Week