how to remove dust after a renovation

Renovations are well-known for causing a lot of mess. Nobody wants to put up with all that pesky construction dust on their top shelf long after the job is done. This dust accumulation is not only annoying, but it can also be harmful to you, to your kids and to your pets. The best way to deal with this problem is to prevent it in the first place. To start with, let’s see how you can minimise the mess during your renovation works. Next, keep reading to learn how to clean up after a renovation

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO DIY

Protection masks
A vacuum cleaner (with one or two spare bags)
Dust mops or soft towels
A broom, and dust mop treatment
A mop (flat ones are the best)
Cleaner for your floor type
Microfibre towels
A few used dryer sheets

How to Get Rid of Dust After Building Work

Light Fixtures

Unless you decide to replace your old light fixtures, you must take them down and clean them. Also, clean the blades of your ceiling fans, if any.

Air Filters & Vents
Replace the air filters in your home with new ones. Sometimes, painters remove filters but forget to put them back in after painting. Not having a filter in place might damage your furnace. If painters didn’t remove the filter during renovation, you’ll need to replace it with a new one. Unscrew and clean all vents with a soapy water solution.

Walls

Clean your newly painted walls with a dry dust mop. If you haven’t painted the walls, wipe them down with a damp soft towel. Wrap it around a broom or mop to be able to reach high places. If your walls are covered in textured wallpaper or other similar natural materials, use the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner to carefully clean them. In case of other types of wallpaper, simply wipe down the walls with a damp cloth.

Furniture

You can wipe down wood or metal furniture with a damp cloth. Do the same on any other items such as knickknacks.

Floors

Vacuum your carpets, if any, at least two or three times. In case of wood, tile or linoleum floors, mop them quickly after vacuuming.
Use the upholstery attachment to vacuum mattresses and upholstered furniture, as well as all fabric window treatments.

How Long Does it take for Construction Dust to Settle

Even after a thorough clean, there will still be dust particles in the air which can take months to settle. Make sure you ventilate your home by opening the windows whenever possible and go over furniture with a duster every 3-4 days and follow it up by vacuuming the floors.
 

CONSIDER HIRING THE PROFESSIONALS

Before you roll up your sleeves to tackle this tough job, why not wait for one moment to ask yourself whether you have what it takes to do it? Some constructions materials can be tough to clean such as grout on the floor, shower grout haze, and dust that has become airborne and floats around all over your house.
If you want to enjoy a clean hoe without having to put up with the stress of this tough job, consider adding the cost to hire a professional construction site cleaning service to your overall renovation budget. In case of a 4 bedroom single story house, dust removal alone would require about 12 hours to clean. Add the time needed to clean paint marks, and grout marks, as well as the time to clean all windows.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Takumi Fuji

Takumi Fuji

Takumi is the owner of TAK Cleaning Services and has been in the cleaning industry since 2001 when he started the company. He currently oversees the operation of the company to make sure the cleaners and customers are happy.