Many homeowners, rather than moving, decide to refurbish their homes by undertaking renovations. Moment of euphoria and change, of course, but which is rarely without its troubles and concerns and always leaves behind its share of paint, dust and debris to clean up.
Impossible to escape it, you will have understood it! Luckily, this article aims to help you prepare for that home cleanup that needs to follow the job. Let’s take a closer look.
HOUSEKEEPING IN ANTICIPATION OF WORK
You will have to face it, no matter what! Also, before the renovations begin, think about preparing yourself. This little warm-up will go a long way in not only reducing the cleaning load, but even more so in limiting your exposure to dust, toxins and other carcinogens once the job is done.
It is never superfluous to discuss this subject upstream with the project manager. Otherwise, the following list will help you see more clearly:
Don’t leave anything lying around that could impede the work of the construction team. Be sure to store all objects that could get in the way in a safe place, but make sure you can easily access them if needed.
In the event that the scope of the work turns out to be significant, it is essential that you are aware of their progress in detail, so as to have access to the kitchen, electricity and running water.
Remember to protect your interior:
Depending on the nature of the work undertaken, ask yourself if, in order to limit the unwanted accumulation of dust, the erection of temporary partitions or the installation of plastic sheets held together with adhesive tape would not have any advantage.
Expect the unexpected:
It is better to prepare for it, rather than to count with astonishment the sometimes annoying consequences of heavy repair work. All these trips around the house can leave marks and cracks, which you will have to think about taking care of when the time comes.
And finally, before the team arrives, all you have to do is gather all the cleaning paraphernalia you will need later.
HOUSEKEEPING AFTER CONSTRUCTION
Now that the finishing touches have been put on, you are only separated from your new kitchen or bathroom by the few additional small steps that follow. You will have had time to notice it: all the caution you have shown will not have been enough to prevent you from getting your hands dirty.
Refer to this cleaning list for a clean house :
Remove remaining debris and rubble:
While most providers end up cleaning the surface, in most cases you will still find scattered pieces of cinder block, brick or paving.
Outside, prefer the use of a brush with hard bristles, which you will exchange indoors for a brush with soft bristles equipped with a dustpan for collecting the dirt still present
Until complete sweeping, we advise against taking out the vacuum cleaner, which could be damaged if there were to remain too much debris.
Clean walls and ceiling:
Be careful not to use a damp cloth on painted walls, especially if the paint is still fresh! Choose a dust catcher or a dry cloth, which you will pass on the walls and the ceiling.
Take care of curtains and blinds:
If they are too soaked to dust them with a vacuum cleaner, do not hesitate to remove the curtains and put them in the washing machine.
A microfiber cloth passed from top to bottom of the blinds is more than enough to get rid of the dust that would be there.
Clean windows and sills:
It is not uncommon to find paint splatters on the windows, which a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover can easily get rid of.
Window sills or uprights covered in dust should be vacuumed using an appropriate nozzle, before wiping them with a cloth soaked in window cleaning solution.
Refresh your carpets:
Once you’ve dusted the walls, ceiling and furniture, and vacuumed right behind it, it’s time to tackle the floor mats. With a brush dipped in a solution comprising 250ml of white vinegar diluted in 4 liters of water, treat your carpets to finish.
Make your hard floors shine:
Begin by sweeping with a soft bristled brush. Then pass the mop, coated with the most suitable product. For a homemade substitute floor cleaner , you can just as easily add two tablespoons of lemon juice or white vinegar to a liter of water.