How To Clean After The Builders Have Left?
After Builders Cleaning - A professional cleaning solution or do it yourself?
A thorough After Builders Cleaning Service should include:
Eliminating as much builders dust as possible
The After Builders Cleaning service is conducted in several stages.
The first step is to remove any builder's debris. The building team should mostly take care of this step, any major fallout from the construction work should be thrown away so that it is not in the way of the cleaning. Also, all items inside the property should be dusted.
Here are a few useful tips for removing stains that may be leftover from the building work.
How to clean paint spots.
The way to approach cleaning paint spots is mostly determined by the type of paint you have used. Acrylic paints are most easily removed with acetone. If the paint spots are on your floors and you do not wish to risk damage to your floor coverings you can try and remove the paint spots using water and a firmer brush. You can relatively easily remove oil-based paint using regular dishwashing liquid or a degreaser. Remember that regardless of the method you are going to use to remove the paint spots you must test for damage over a small hidden area of your floor. Some paint thinners may damage the surface layer of your floor covering. Stains and drips from water-soluble paint are the easiest to clean. You can remove these types of paint stains by just using a water and soap solution and then dry them. Fresh paint spots are easy to remove if your stain is older you have to preliminarily soften it using a water solution and attempt to remove it 20-30 minutes later. There are special cleaning detergents that are designed for this purpose, however, those are chemical agents and the risk that comes with using them is not warranted, especially if you have kids at home.
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After we have taken a look at some of the most common builder's spots and how to remove them we will focus on a few useful tips for cleaning specific and somewhat difficult areas of your home after the builders have left.
Cleaning the walls.
Walls are somewhat tricky, regardless if they are painted or have wallpaper on them cleaning your walls can be challenging as they are easily prone to damage. This is why they are usually exceptions to most professional cleaning services. Cleaning the walls is a task you may need to take care of on your own. If your walls are freshly painted stick to dry cleaning and focus on removing dust. Dry cleaning will not damage your walls in any way and will not affect drying paint. If you have enough leftover paint you can go over your walls using a damp cleaning cloth. Do not forget that cleaning your walls with a damp cloth can create extra work if some of the paint runs or drips while you are cleaning. Wrap the cleaning cloth around a mop or broom handle to reach the high areas around your ceiling. If your walls have wallpaper on them or a different type of natural covering (wood) you can use a brush for cleaning. Some wallpaper is more durable and will not be damaged by wet cleaning, these types of wallpaper you can clean with the damp cleaning cloth, however, be careful and make sure that you will not cause damage to the wallpaper with this cleaning method.
Gently vacuum carpeted floors. If you have wooden or tiled floors you can be a bit quicker and firmer with the vacuum cleaner. The idea behind this process is that if you initially vacuum the floors slowly and are a bit more gentle you will eliminate a bit more dust than if you act quickly. After you are done vacuuming you do have to mop hard floors, use the same warm water and soap mixture we mentioned earlier. Chances are you will not get all the fine dust particles from one go around. You will have to repeat the process over the next week or so to eliminate all of the dust. If you leave your floors unattended, especially carpet, in time the dust and dirt that was leftover from the construction process will deeply permeate in your carpet and will be impossible for you to remove on your own, you may need to schedule professional carpet cleaning to remove it, this is why you need to pay special attention to your floors.
Use a special attachment for your vacuum cleaner
It is no secret that different surfaces and materials should be treated in different ways. Do not make the mistake of going over your furniture, floors, walls, skirting boards with the same vacuum attachment. This will not only bring dirt to more sensitive areas of your home but also increases the likelihood of them being damaged by the dirt, for example, if you have not cleaned the attachment you used on your floors and abruptly move to clean your upholstered furniture you may damage your upholstery. A rule for an After Builders Cleaning is that regardless of how hard the top layer of dirt is there is always a sensitive surface beneath it so you need to be careful.
Remove and clean all light fixtures
If you did not get new light fixtures and they remained in place during the renovation process you have to take all of them down and dust them. If you have a ceiling fan in place you need to clean the individual blades and its main body panel.
Use soapy water
You have to take down and clean every single item that was on your property during the building work. Do not be fooled by thinking that if you do not see any visible dirt your belongings are clean. This is why the after builders cleaning is challenging, in practice when there is even light renovation work taking place in your property a layer of dust will accumulate on all surfaces and items. You have to clean and dust every exposed surface or item until you are sure that no dust has remained. Therefore, you need to pay special attention to any exposed items.
Use a damp cleaning cloth
You can use a damp cleaning cloth to wipe wooden or metal furniture (yes you also have to clean and dust any furniture that was in your home during the construction work), ornaments and any items. Pay attention to what you are cleaning, unfinished wood cannot be treated with any detergents or even water as it may be damaged. In such instances, you have to only dry clean unfinished wooden surfaces.
Check and clean all the filters in your home
After the building work has concluded we would very much recommend that you take out and clean all the filters (airconditioning, the filter from the extractor, water filter) in your home and clean them. It may sound odd to you but these filters will also collect dust and need to be periodically cleaned to be maintained.
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