So, you’ve finished your renovation and your new home is all ready for you to move in. Wait, what about the huge mess left behind? Construction companies and contractors may have gotten rid of all their big equipment and leftover materials, but there’s still going to be dirt and dust leftover from all the hacking and sawing and other installation work in the home.
So before you can comfortably call this place home, you may have a lot of cleaning up to do. How about you turn this chore into a fun project with your spouse or family. It can be a great way to work together and at the end of it, have that feeling of accomplishment that you’ve made this your home!
Plan the cleaning
The first step to cleaning would be to plan how you want to clean the home. If you have a whole day free to clean, that’s great! But if you’re going to need to clean over multiple days, then you should break down where and what needs to be cleaned, and when you plan to clean them.
Dividing the house up by rooms would be the ideal way to plan the cleaning, dealing with the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms and living room as separate entities would help you decide where needs to be cleaned when.
You also need to prioritize your cleaning, which areas are most important and why. For example, you’ll need the bathrooms to clean your mops and rags as you move from room to room, so cleaning the bathroom first would make it easier to rinse your cleaning equipment, but also means you’ll have to clean the bathroom again at the end. So make sure you have a concrete flow of plans before you start, so you can get the most important areas done before you need to use them. If you need to use your kitchen to prepare food, then it makes sense to clean the kitchen first so you can cook later. If you’re planning to stay in your home from that day, then clean the bedrooms first so you have a place to sleep later if you can’t finish the cleaning in one day.
Get your equipment
Of course, it comes as no surprise that you’ll need equipment for cleaning. So make sure you aren’t missing anything you’ll need to turn that home spick and span. Just to help you out, we’ve come up with a rough list of things you’ll probably need to prepare:
- Microfibre Cloth
- Broom and Dustpan
- Vacuum Cleaner (You can use the broom and dustpan to sweep up larger pieces of dirt before vacuuming over again. This prevents large debris and dirt from clogging up the suction and you won’t be burning through filters)
- Squirt Bottles
- Buckets (for rinsing rags so you won’t have to keep walking to the bathrooms to clean them)
- Garbage Bags
- Newspaper (Great for cleaning glass and mirrors)
- Floor and Surface Cleaners
- Face Mask (For especially dusty homes)
- Brushes and Scrubs
- Gloves (If you’re going to be scrubbing stains)
Equipment with longer handles will help you reach every crook and corner of the house. Flexible dusters are also great with cleanings tops of shelves and fans too!
There are lots of different types of mops which you can use for cleaning. Mops which use anti-dirt wipes can be used if there isn’t much dust to clean, and they can be used as the first line of cleaning before the heavier duty cleaning tools come out.
Or, you can invest in newer models of mops like this hurricane spin mop. The design of the mop lets it rotate 360 degrees, making it easier to strain and clean with as compared to conventional mops. These could really make the job much easier for you too!
Getting down to business
Now that you’ve done all the preparation beforehand, its time to get down to business. Before you even start cleaning, open up the windows and doors. Ventilation is going to be extremely important for this job because you won’t want to get trapped in a sealed environment with dust flying around everywhere. You can leave the fans off first since you wouldn’t want dust flying all around. You’ll also want to make sure the ventilation is working fine for later, so check the aircon units and air filters and make sure these are working just fine.
Next, start with the bigger pieces of dirt, sweep up and throw away those large and visible chunks of dirt and chuck them out. Start from the ceilings and work your way down from the top of those shelves to the chairs and finally the floor. This makes sure all the dirt falls down and gets swept up when you finally deal with the floor. You can go over once again with a vacuum cleaner, just to make sure you don’t miss out any pieces of dirt. Don’t forget to clean the lights and inside the cupboards too!
Next, once all the dirt has been removed, you can start with the wet cleaning. Go over the entire house with the mop and wipe down all the furniture with wet rags. This will mop up all the remaining dirt and dust from the furniture and leave the home sparkling. You can ramp up your cleaning by using a microfibre cloth and some disinfectant solution. Microfibre cloths have tiny pores which can catch even the smallest specs of dust making them one of the most efficient pieces of cleaning equipment.
If you’ve got any pesky stains, now would be the time to deal with them, scrub them out with some cleaning solution and a scrubber or brush. If you have any glass or mirrors, you’ll want to clean them last too, after all the dirt and dust has been removed.
And voila! You are all ready to move into your comfortable new and clean home!