How To Clean Your Home Renovation Mess

October 15, 2022

In 2020 we decided to make it harder to clean our home by starting a renovation project on half of our house. This was a very messy journey, especially because we were living in the house as construction got going. So, I thought that I would take a few moments and write a different blog article than I normally do. Here’s how to deal with the messes, the dirt, the smells, and the buildup during and after your renovation project.

I also wanted to share a few products that we found helpful during our renovation project to prevent dust buildup around the house. There are many cleaning methods to clean dust and debris, but a great air purifier will help to cut the dust down tremendously.

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  1. Alen Breathesmart Flex Air Purifier
  2. Dyson Purifier Hot & Cold Formaldehyder HP09 Purifier
  3. IQAir Health Pro Series

Renovations are not normally that dirty or grimy, but they are very dusty. Most of what I am sharing with you is about controlling dust in your home while creating a new space. Indoor air quality for cleaning companies is a major focus when cleaning. Most house cleaning services work to reduce dust when they clean your home before they vacuum. Your indoor air quality can and will affect you greatly during a renovation project.

Keep Your Home Clean!

I know this sounds simple but there are standards for what qualifies as clean. All of our staff go through training with the IICRC to understand what those cleaning and inspection standards are to make sure you end up with a clean home. It is important that regular cleaning during your project is done every day. Your cleaning needs will change during this time and cleanliness will be a large challenge. Don’t worry though, if you clean up each day, you avoid dust and debris buildup. If you neglect it even one day, it will be way harder to clean. A little housekeeping from the contractors when they are done each day like picking up tools, boards, and nails or screws left on the ground will help. Get your team members out and double-check for those things. Invest in a shop vac to clean the areas that you can to remove splinters and small debris you can pick up.

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Don’t Let Dust Rule Your Home

Dust comes from cutting timbers and sanding different types of construction materials. Traditional dusting in your entire house may become a futile effort, you are going to have to change up your tactics for the first time. You will need an industrial shop vac with a HEPA filter. May of the contractors today have vacuums attached to their saws and sanders. That will cut down on dust during your renovation too. Homeowners like you should put up plastic barriers to separate the renovation area of your home from the part that you are still living in. Don’t be afraid to talk to your contractor about clean-up each day, it will give you peace of mind knowing that you are on the same page during your renovation.

Maintaining Good Air Quality Is Important

The air quality throughout the renovation is something that many people do not consider before they begin. The amount of dust in the air poses a serious health risk. It was critical to me, my wife, and my kids, that we kept decent air quality throughout our renovation. An air purifier is your finest defense against dusty air after you’ve stayed atop the dust and blocked-off rooms. Throughout our entire renovation, I had two running (one on each floor). Superfine dust that even your industrial vacuum may miss can be picked up by air purifiers. And, yeah, air purifiers filter out invisible impurities like VOCs and formaldehyde, which is a huge issue!

As tenants in our own home, we have to take on the same role we do without customers and provide great service for ourselves. Our home cleaning services after all are being performed by us.

Even for an air purifier, taking on air quality during a refurbishment is a huge undertaking, so it’s crucial to get one that will do the job. Because not only does it automatically sense, capture, and trap pollutants, but it detects and destroys formaldehyde, we opted to use the Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool Formaldehyde for our renovation. That isn’t possible with all air purifiers! The Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool Formaldehyde is a super strong air purifier. So strong that it removes 99.97 percent of particles as small as 0.3 microns.

Paints, flooring, new fixtures, and furniture all release this type of stuff. Remember to be aware of it. The fact that Dyson employs excellent scientific testing on their goods is one of the reasons I believe they’re one of the best out there. So, here’s what I mean by that. A test known as CADR is used to measure the performance of air cleaners. An air purifier is placed in a tiny space with the circulation of air for this experiment. This is a typical test for air purifier companies. The work done here is not always accurate.

Dyson was surprised by this since the test isn’t very successful. Why do you ask such a question? It isn’t a true representation of reality. In a small space, your air purifier will have to put in the effort. As a result, Dyson opted to develop their own testing procedure to ensure that its air cleaners were working properly. The Polar Test is the name given to Dyson’s test.

They placed their air purifier in a larger room that reflects the actual look of our homes. Even better, the nine sensors in their air purifiers are used to ensure that the air is clean throughout the entire room, not just in one section.This is one of the biggest reasons that I trust the Dyson air purifiers in our home.

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Clean up After The Renovation, What Now?

Get out the maids, get out the great customer service, get out the professional cleaning crew and get to deep cleaning your home now that the renovation is done. Well, that sounds good doesn’t it, but it is much harder even though I am a professional cleaner with a cleaning company. Okay, now a reality, to prep the space for this massive undertaking, here are the steps you need to take.

  1. Remove all those plastic barriers
  2. Remove the paper on the floors
  3. Remove boxes, paint cans leftover building materials
  4. Remove anything else that is not needed for you to live in your home
  5. Take inventory of the clutter you might have built up while you were renovating your home

Okay, now it is time to get your commercial cleaning hat on with all of those years of experience and tackle all of that dust. Dust will fall from the tops of everything. Work from the top down. You will find dust everywhere, on top of cabinets, windows, baseboards, and in tiny cracks between things. You will need to take everything off shelves, out of cupboards, because there will be dust in there too.

Get the right cleaning products and some microfiber cloths for your cleaning. Pretend you have the experience and are a professional cleaning company coming in to do a white glove inspection. Don’t be afraid if you find more dust, dust in places that you would not expect. This is one of the reasons that post-renovation clean-ups take so long.

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Don’t Forget To Clean The Floors

Like most deep cleaning services whether you are in a condo or in a house, you will need to vacuum all of your floors, move area rugs around and get underneath them. The cleanup of your floors and carpet begin with using a great vacuum. After you have moved everything on your floors, you will need to get mopping. Look for stains on your floors that may need extra attention and double-check the grout to make sure it didn’t get to dirty.

What To Do If You Can’t Tackle This?

All of this sounds great and was a little easier for us as a family because we have worked in the cleaning industry for the past 15 years. If you don’t want to or have to time to take on deep cleaning your home after a renovation project, give us a call. We have years of experience in construction cleanup throughout the Upper Valley region for homeowners.

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