Why It’s Important to Clean up After Building Work
Having the builders in or undertaking some building work yourself, is stressful. It can also be an exciting time. As soon as the building work is finished there is a big temptation to move everything back and enjoy the end result as soon as possible. It is, however, very important to take one last step before getting life and your home back to normal. Cleaning up after any kind of building work may not be very enjoyable, but it is an important part of any construction project. Unfortunately, it’s not the kind of job you can do once and then not worry. The very nature of dust means you’ll need to keep cleaning regularly for a few weeks to come. You may have been lucky enough to hire a diligent builder who did most of the hard work for you. However, for do-it-yourself building projects it’ll be you that needs to get the dust, dirt and grime out of every little nook and cranny.
Carpets, in particular, don’t take kindly to having the builders in. A wise homeowner will make sure they are taken up and stored, or covered at the very least. That applies not just to the carpets in the room where the work is being done. Carpets all over the house will end up getting covered in dust and dirt.
How to Clean Your Carpets After Building Work
Before tackling the carpets, you’ll need to make sure all the other surfaces are dust free. This is not a job that can be done straight away. Dust particles will be floating around in the air, and you need to let these settle. Jump in too soon and you’ll just have to repeat the process tomorrow, the next day and possibly even more. It can take up to two weeks for the dust to settle completely. Until this has happened you’ll be unable to clean your home to a professional standard.
Dust will lurk in the upholstery in a room. Remove curtains and blinds and clean according to the manufacturer’s instructions. It could be warm, soapy water or a light vacuuming that is required.
Wash your walls and the inside of your windows, as this is another place where dust can collect.
The first stage of cleaning for your carpets is to go over them with a stiff brush. This will dislodge any debris deep in the pile. You can then vacuum to avoid any of the dirt accumulating and staining the surface. Repeat the process several times over the coming weeks.
When the majority of the dust has been cleaned up, you’ll be able to continue with a much deeper clean of your home. Wipe down all the surfaces with a natural cleaner such as lemon juice or vinegar and baking soda. Rinse the surfaces completely with clean water. Using a microfibre cloth, dust other surfaces such as skirting boards, mirrors, electrical items, ornaments and picture frames.
Cleaning your home after any kind of building work can be a long drawn out process. Take the time to do it properly, and you’ll soon be able to sit back and enjoy all your hard work.