We’ve done a fair bit of renovation around the house over the years, and it has been documented on this blog. It always feels great once a project has been completed, but there is always one last step before it is truly finished: the clean-up.
No matter how big your renovation project was, there will almost certainly be dust, debris, and general mess that needs cleaned. To avoid the feeling of helplessness and thoughts of “where do I start?”, I’ve come up with a list of steps that we follow to ensure that nothing gets missed.
Depending on the size of the project, there may be some steps that don’t need to be followed. If it was a large project, such as a kitchen extension, then we start from step 1.
Wipe Down The Walls And Ceiling
Starting from the top, wipe down the ceiling and the walls to remove any dust. If the walls have been freshly painted or are covered with wallpaper, use a dry cloth to wipe the surfaces. If you have textured wallpaper, you can use the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner.
Clean All Surfaces
If your project was in the kitchen, wipe down all countertops, the sink, and any other surfaces. General household cleaners will usually get the job done, but you may need to use more heavy duty stuff if needed.
Vacuum The Floors
If the floor is carpeted, use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to really give them a good clean. You will need to go over every carpet a few times to ensure that all of the dust has been lifted. The best vacuum cleaners for this job are either a Henry or a Dyson. Any rugs can be taken outside and beaten.
For hard floors such as wood or tile, you will need to mop them after vacuuming.
Clean The Furniture
Any upholstered furniture, such as sofas and mattresses, can be cleaned using an upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Any other furniture, including wood and metal items, should be wiped with a damp cloth.
Light Fixtures And Ceiling Fans
If you have not replaced the light fixtures, they will need to come down and be cleaned. If you have a ceiling fan, clean the blades with a damp cloth.
Any air vent covering should be removed and cleaned in hot, soapy water. The inside of the vents should be wiped down with a damp cloth.
Check Your Air Filters
If the air filters were removed during the renovation process, check to ensure they were put back in. If they were not removed, there is a good chance they will need replaced.
The list above should cover most things in your home. You should check for anything else that was uncovered during the renovation process, and clean it. Things such as ornaments, books, kids toys, and other things.