It’s Time to Renovate!
Mess is an inevitable problem when making big changes. Whether you’re finally getting the new bathroom you’ve always wanted, or it’s time to freshen up the kitchen, or the whole house needs to be remodeled completely, major home renovations always mean that exciting changes are about to happen very soon. But before you’ll be able to enjoy the final results, you’ll have to go through a lot of stress and unpredictable issues… such as keeping the house clean. Sounds simple right? Major renovations also mean that there will be construction debris lying around, as well as lots of dust from saws and drywall.
To keep your house clean and avoid big cleanups, you’ll need to follow a few basic rules to minimize the damage and keep the House Clean.
Here are a few pointers to get you started:
1. Take it out or cover it up.
First, when you’re doing construction in the entire house, it’s recommended to work room by room, as it enables you to stay in control of the mess. Before any of the renovations begin, you’ll need to remove everything valuable from the room. If possible, remove all kinds of household goods, decorations, clothing and movable furniture. This way you will protect them from the dust and the potential staining.
The bigger pieces of furniture, which cannot be moved, must be covered in protective plastic, a few coats even, just to be sure. Every room has a giant wardrobe or a vanity, which can’t fit through the door. If you leave them exposed, the dust and debris will get into all the cracks and crevices, making them practically impossible to be cleaned.
So in this step, protection is the key here.
2. Isolate the area of the renovation.
Dust is tricky, and no matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to contain it completely, but this doesn’t mean you can’t limit it. Consider hanging some plastic sheets over the doors and separate the area you’re working on as much as you can. It may seem like a pointless endeavor, but trust me, there will be a difference. If the area is properly covered and isolated, you will probably have to deal with dust only a few feet around the area. But if you just leave everything open, the dust will find its way into every room of the house, and your cleaning efforts will triple
3. Create a path.
To limit the dirt and keep your home clean, you’ll also have to think about the path towards the construction site. No matter if you’re doing the renovation yourself, or you’re hiring tradesmen, you’ll need to make sure there is a clear entrance to the place. Some people use scraps of an old carpet to cover the path, but you can also use cardboard, ply, gaffer tape, old wooden boards, or anything else you might have at hand. By covering the path, you will prevent possible damage that could be done to your flooring. This is also a good idea for muddy outdoor spots, if you have them. By covering the mud, you won’t drag it inside while working.
4. Clean up the site daily.
To manage the build-up of dirt around the renovation area, you’ll need to clean every single day. If you make the decision to finish every day with a full cleanup of the site, the dirt that has been accumulating during the day won’t have the chance to spread through the house and get on your furniture. Builders cleaning professionals advise to use only cold water and a microfiber cloth to wipe construction dust, as most cleaning detergents contain sticky ingredients which might only smear the dirt and make it more difficult to handle. After you dip the cloth, wring it well, and start wiping – it’s a good practice to start at the top of the walls and work your way down.
5. Vacuum, then dust.
If you notice that despite your efforts, there’s still some dust buildup on your floors or surfaces once the major renovations are done and you remove the plastic sheets, be very careful with the cleaning. It’s recommended to vacuum the surface thoroughly before dusting it. The vacuum cleaner will remove all the bigger particles, which can scratch the surface during dusting. If the dust is on wooden furniture, or God forbit on something upholstered, take your time and use the soft-bristled attachment of the vacuum. It will irritate the dust and remove it faster without damaging the fabric. Of course, make sure to use an old vacuum cleaner you don’t care about, because the fine renovation dust can destroy the filters in a new one.
And then finally…
6. Ventilate the rooms regularly.
If the weather allows it, open the windows and the window screens in the room during the work process. Do not keep the screens closed, or the dust will settle on them and you’ll have to wash them. This will not only keep the area ventilated, but you’ll also get rid of some the dust and debris in the air before it settles on the surfaces or on the screens. As you know, breathing in construction dust can have serious detrimental effects on your health, so be careful and always wear a mask.
Made a Mistake?
While working hard on your renovations and trying to keep this all in mind, it’s easy to overlook vital details.
Luckily, we can help you minimise problems with a simple guide. Follow us through into this blog for tips on how to avoid those costly mistakes while reaching you goals!