Two approaches to post-construction cleaning

Even if the builders you have hired for your construction project do their utmost to keep your property clean and tidy whilst they work, you will still have to carry out an intensive cleaning session after they are finished, as construction activities always produce massive quantities of dust, dirt and rubbish. Here are two ways to approach the somewhat daunting task of post-construction clean-up.


Tackling construction cleaning by yourself can be difficult; it requires a considerable amount of energy, time and attention to detail. However, if you would prefer not to incur the expense of hiring a professional clean-up crew, then it may be the best option.

Begin by removing any construction debris that's lying around the property; this will prevent you from tripping over it and injuring yourself when you're carrying out other cleaning tasks. Make sure to gather up absolutely everything, including bits of plasterboard, packaging from building materials as well as smaller items, such as leftover screws and nails.

After you've done some basic tidying up, you'll need to tackle the dust. This is best done with a damp cloth. You may also want to keep a bucket of clean water to hand so that you can rinse out the cloth after wiping down each surface. In every room that needs to be cleaned, always start off with the walls; if you leave these till last, you'll find that the dust from them will fall onto the floors and countertops and spoil these freshly cleaned surfaces. If you have walls covered in embossed wallpaper, you may need to use the brush attachment on your hoover to remove dust that's become embedded into the textured surface.

Once the walls are clean, focus on the finer details, such as the windowsills, mantles, picture frames, lighting fixtures and shelving. Don't forget to dust all of the hardware in each room too, including the drawer handles, door knobs and hinges. If the plug sockets are dusty, make sure to use a dry rather than a wet cloth to wipe them down, as opting for the latter could put you at risk of electric shock.

If you kept your air conditioning unit switched on throughout the construction process, you will probably also need to change its air filter, as this will almost certainly be covered in a considerable amount of dirt and grime. It's important not to skip this step, as a dirty filter will expel dust back into your newly-cleaned rooms as soon as the unit is turned back on.

To complete your post-construction clean-up, give all of the floors in your home a thorough hoovering, before steam-cleaning or mopping them.

Bring in the professionals

If you have neither the energy nor the motivation to deep clean your home, then it might be worth hiring a professional construction cleaning crew to do it for you. This will not only spare you the physical exhaustion that comes with this type of work but will also ensure that the job is carried out to an exceptionally high standard.

You will need to do a little bit of prep work around your property before the crew arrives. Begin by de-cluttering all of the areas that are to be cleaned; this will ensure that your hired help will be able to access every single inch of each room and thus do a truly thorough job. If you have a garage, you might want to use this as a temporary storage space for larger items (such as sofas, tables and chairs) that are likely to get in the way during the cleaning process. Additionally, it may be a good idea to stow fragile items (like mirrors, glass picture frames and crystal ornaments) away from the cleaning area, so that the crew doesn't accidentally knock them over or break them whilst they are carrying out their work.