When you've had renovation or other building work carried out, the builders can leave a mess behind them. Depending on the work that you've had done, your whole home including your carpets and bathrooms might need cleaning. You can hire a local cleaning firm to carry out builders exit cleaning, or you could do the job yourself by following the tips below.
Allow the dust to settle
There's no point in rushing to clean everything while the air is still full of fine dust, so before you pick up a duster, wait a couple of weeks for the dust to settle completely.
Remove rubble and debris
The first thing to do is to shift any debris or rubble that's been left. The easiest way to do this is with a soft brush and a dustpan. Begin by moving the larger items of debris first, and then sweep up the finer dust that's left behind.
Vacuum upholstery and carpeting
Your next job is to vacuum your carpets and upholstery thoroughly. It's important to do this immediately so that dust doesn't accumulate deep within the carpet pile where it could cause damage. Note that you will need to vacuum every couple of days for a few weeks to remove any dust that is still floating in the air.
Clean your hard floors
Now you can move on to cleaning your flooring. Vacuum the flooring first to get rid of dust by using a flat attachment or raise the brushes on your vacuum cleaner to avoid scratching the floor. Wash the floor with a solution of mild washing-up liquid and warm water. Remember to go around your skirting boards with a damp cloth to get rid of any lingering dust.
Clean curtains and blinds
Use the soft brush or upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner to gently remove dust from blinds and curtains. You can then wash your curtains or have them dry cleaned.
Wash walls and windows
Now use warm water and a mild detergent solution to wash down your walls and clean the inside of your windows to remove grime and dust.
Wash surfaces and bathrooms
Now that all the floating dust has been removed, you can wipe down all your surfaces with a proprietary antibacterial product. If items are heavily stained, you might need to wash them with soapy water first.
Go over ornaments, electrical goods etc.
Finally, use a damp cloth to wipe dust from ornaments, electrical goods, mirrors etc. Once the dust is gone, go round again with a duster and some anti-static polish.