Following the riveting process of constructing a home, there is an equally important yet often overlooked step – cleaning the newly built home. Upheaval from construction often leaves a film of dust and debris that removes the beauty of the new home. To ensure that every niche of your newly constructed house exudes freshness and cleanness, cleaning is crucial. This article presents a checklist for cleaning a new construction house.
Primary Clean-Up Post-Construction
- Remove Dust and Debris: Start by eliminating large debris and waste left by the construction process. This includes materials like left over cement, wood shavings, nails, and screws. It’s essential to carefully dispose of these items to prevent accidents.
- Sweep and Vacuum: Give the entire house a thorough sweep. With the debris gone, use a vacuum cleaner to eliminate the smaller particles of dust left behind. Pay special attention to corners and hidden spaces, like under the stairs or behind appliances, where dust and small debris tend to nest.
- Air Out the Room: After an extensive sweep and vacuum, air out the space. Open all windows and doors to let fresh air in, helping to carry away dust particles.
Detailed Cleaning Of the Room
Kitchens and Bathrooms
- Cabinets and Drawers: Wipe down all surfaces, both interior and exterior, using a damp cloth and mild cleaner. Be sure to clean the handles as well.
- Countertops and Sinks: Use a non-abrasive cleaner to clean countertops, sinks, and faucets. This ensures shiny, clean surfaces without scratching or damaging them.
- Appliances: For appliances, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning. Generally, a soft, damp cloth works for exterior surfaces, while specialized solutions may be needed for the interior, especially for ovens and fridges.
Bedrooms and Living Spaces
- Windows: Clean the windows using a window cleaning solution for a streak-free finish. Don’t forget to clean the window sills and frames.
- Doors and Frames: Wipe down all interior and exterior doors with a damp cloth. Frames and handles are often overlooked, so pay special attention to these spots.
- Floors: Depending on your floor type, use an appropriate cleaning solution. For hardwood floors, use a specialized cleaner, and don’t oversaturate the floor to prevent water damage.
- Don’t forget light fixtures, switches and outlets, and heating and air conditioning vents when cleaning each room. Use a damp cloth for light fixtures and grates, but ensure that switches and outlets are dry-cleaned to prevent electrical hazards.
- Once the house is clean, carry out a final inspection. Look for any missed spots and clean them up.
- Regular maintenance is as essential as this initial deep cleaning. Establish a routine cleaning schedule to keep your new home in perfect condition.
A thorough post-construction cleaning can be an intense process, but it is undoubtedly worthwhile for the great results a clean, fresh home yields. Taking the project step by step, using this checklist as a guide, will help ensure that no corner of your newly built house remains unseen. With this roadmap in your hands, replete with valuable SEO-friendly information, the intimidating task ahead becomes simpler, more organized, and nearly effortless. Happy cleaning!
Brazilian mother of two and CEO of Sparkling Clean Pro & Green Living Supplies since 2005. Working as an ecological advocate within the cleaning industry & aiding immigrant families and women at risk.