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5 of the Best Post-Renovation Cleaning Tips


Renovating your home can be an exhilarating experience, transforming spaces and bringing new life into your environment. However, once the construction crew leaves, the daunting task of cleaning up begins. Post-renovation cleaning is crucial not only for aesthetics but also for health, as the process often leaves behind a considerable amount of dust and debris.

Here are five expert tips to effectively tackle the mess and enjoy your newly renovated space sooner.


  1. Start Your Post-Renovation Cleaning with a Plan

Before diving into the cleaning process, it’s essential to develop a strategic plan. Assess the area and identify where the most work is needed; typically, kitchens and bathrooms require more intensive cleaning due to their detailed work.

Create a checklist of tasks and categorize them into ‘must-do’ and ‘can-wait’. This approach helps in prioritizing tasks and ensures no critical areas are overlooked. For instance, cleaning air vents should come before wiping down surfaces to prevent re-contamination.


  1. Ventilation and Dust Control

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Post-renovation, your home will be filled with fine dust particles that can easily spread and settle throughout the house. Begin by opening all windows and doors to ensure good ventilation, which will help clear out airborne dust. Use fans strategically placed towards doors or windows to push the dust outside.

Start cleaning from the top of the room, such as ceilings and overhead lights, moving downwards to furniture and floors. Utilize a vacuum with a HEPA filter to effectively capture the smallest particles without recirculating them into the air.


  1. Do Post-Renovation Cleaning of All Surfaces

After addressing the dust in the air and on the upper parts of rooms, focus on all surfaces. This includes walls, baseboards, and any built-in furniture. For walls, use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe them down. Avoid soaking them as excess moisture can damage fresh paint or wallpaper.

Pay special attention to corners and edges where dust likes to accumulate. For surfaces that may have adhesive residues, such as floors or shelves, use a solution of warm water and mild soap to gently scrub away any sticky spots.


  1. Tackle the Floors Last

Floors should be the final task on your cleaning list because they will gather all the dust and debris from cleaning the rest of the house. Depending on the type of flooring, the cleaning method might vary.

For hardwood floors, gently sweep or vacuum to remove any particles and follow up with a slightly damp mop, using a cleaner suitable for wood. For tiles or laminate, more robust mopping can be employed. Be sure to change the water frequently to avoid leaving streaks of dirt.

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  1. Post-Renovation Cleaning of Filters and Vents

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Renovations can clog air vents and filters, which can affect your home’s air quality. Remove vent covers and wash them with warm, soapy water, allowing them to dry completely before replacing them.

Change all air filters that were in use during the renovation to prevent the circulation of dusty air. It’s also wise to have your HVAC system checked post-renovation to ensure it hasn’t accumulated too much dust, which can decrease efficiency and increase energy costs.


Final Touches

Once the major cleaning is completed, focus on the small details that make your space feel truly clean. Wipe down windows, clean door handles, and light switches, which are often forgotten. If your renovation included new appliances, ensure they are polished and free of smudges.

In the meantime, if home cleaning is not your cup of tea you can always delegate that task to a professional home cleaner. Feel free to contact us and request a cleaning quote. You can find more info about our cleaning services at Merci Cleaning London or on our official Facebook page. 

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