Cleaning Up After a Major Renovation

Even small home renovations are disreputably messy affairs. No one likes finding that pervasive building dust on a shelf and even in cupboards, weeks after the work was completed. Not only is it obnoxious to fond dust in nooks and crevices, it could also be damaging to you, your pets and any children living in the home.

Martin Maloney of Chiswick Loft Specialists explained to me that unless you clearly add it into the contract, extensive cleaning is not part of a contractor’s workload. The industry name for expected cleaning is “broom-swept,” which involves clearing away larger pieces of debris and then passing a duster or vacuum across surfaces. Some contractors might then use a wet rag to clean further, but that is all you can typically expect the builders to do.

Anything beyond this, including cleaning communal areas such as hallways or lifts) will need to be arranged by the homeowner.

Professional Clean-up Services

Whether you stayed on the premises or moved out temporarily during the renovation, you’ll need to organise a deep cleaning once the work is finishes. You can choose to do this yourself (not recommended) or outsource the task to a professional cleaning company. The cost of a deep cleaning depends not only on the size of the area to be cleaned, but also the amount of effort required.

Homeowners can undertake the deep clean themselves or outsource it to one of the many companies that focus on this service. Thumbtack shared that the cost of a deep clean isn’t necessarily determined by the size of a space, but rather the level of effort. For a living space of around 130 square metres, you can expect to pay about £800, as a ballpark figure.

Clean-up Stages

Usually, a post-build clean-up will include:

  • Sweep and vacuuming all surfaces, ceilings and walls
  • Vacuuming all upholstery
  • Wiping doors, doorknobs, skirting boards, etc
  • Wiping and sanitisation of everything in the bathrooms and kitchens
  • Dusting, vacuuming, and wiping down the windows, window frames, and sills
  • Dusting any vents, blinds, ceiling fans, and lighting fixtures
  • Cleaning fixtures such as handles and hinges
  • Clean inside and outside of cabinets and cupboards
  • Cleaning shelves and their contents
  • Removing any remaining debris
  • Sweeping, mopping, and disinfecting floors

If you are unsure whether to tackle this mammoth task yourself or hire in professionals, consider these points:

  • Do you have adequate energy?
  • Do you have enough time?
  • Do you have the funds to pay someone else?

Different circumstances will establish if you do the work or hire a firm, but either way, a complete clean is vital. All kinds of fragments and particles are discharged into the home during renovations, many of which can be toxic such as mould spores, silicates, and extremely fine dust that can cause damage to the lungs.

Fresh paint, varnish and other kinds of lacquers also give off fumes. When you consider the possible dangers to your health, the price tag for a proper clean up seems worth it.

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