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So, the work is finally done, the workers who had been occupying your house for days are finally gone. And what have they left you with? You probably just can’t recognize your house, both because of the mess and the renovation. It’s difficult to grasp where to start from and how to handle all that chaos. But it’s not impossible.
We’ve had wood floors put it before and let me tell you there was A LOT of dust.
Take a deep breath (maybe better do it outside, to avoid all the dust) and start making plans. This list will provide with a few tips on how to handle all the mess, where to start, what to avoid and how to potentially seek professional cleaners’ help. In that way, you’ll be able to enjoy the renovated space as soon as possible and remember why it was all worth it.
Get Rid Of the Dust
This is the most urgent step as it only takes little time for the dust to embed in all the surfaces of your house, making your freshly renovated house look filthy and old. And not only that; dust can also cause allergies and other respiratory problems. It can get stuck everywhere, from carpets, upholstered surfaces, curtains, and other soft spots.
It’s important to get rid of the dust before it settles in the air ducts as well. However, in case they are already full of it, make sure to clean them first. Also, make sure you clean the air filter with soap and hot water, or if the situation is that bad, to replace them.
So put on a protective respiratory mask and get your vacuum cleaner. It’s important not to miss a spot and vacuum every single corner. Pay special attention to the above-mentioned surfaces – carpets, curtains, upholstered furniture. Make sure you don’t miss cushions and similar smaller items. Once you are done with this first phase, you can breathe easier.
After taking care of the soft surfaces, it’s time to move to floors and walls. Start by dry dusting your walls as this is the safest way to avoid damaging them. However, depending on the type of paint, you may be able to use a damp cloth to remove the dust. Make sure you check that with your paint or wallpaper manufacturer. And of course, always try on a small not visible part first.
Then you can move to other hard surfaces. Make sure you clean all the shelves, countertops and other flat surfaces, paying special attention to the corners which are difficult to reach. Then you can move to swiping floors, but not before, as some dust and debris from the flat surfaces might end up on the floor, and you don’t want to have to do everything all over again. Again, be sure not to miss a spot and wipe every corner.
Don’t Skip the Details
Once you’re done with these big chunks of work, it might seem to you there’s nothing left to clean. However, people often overlook smaller items which need to be cleaned nevertheless. Hopefully, you don’t have too many photos, statuettes, and other decorative items, since you need to clean them all as well. I don’t blame you if decide to throw some out, just have fewer things to clean. Don’t forget the lamp shades or ceiling fans. What’s more, there are probably numerous electronic devices, appliances, gadgets and similar things which also require cleaning.
If all this sounds too overwhelming, you can also ask for help from a cleaning service and put up with people occupying your house for a bit longer, but at least you won’t have to clean all the mess yourself. You’ll be able to enjoy your refreshed home sooner than you could imagine.
3/31/18 Happy Saturday! It’s a beautiful day. I hope to get some much-needed yard work in!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.