A flood can do incredible damage to your home. Whether the source is from a burst pipe that went unnoticed, a leak from a crack in the foundation, or a rainstorm, water is a powerful force that can wreck your possessions and cause structural damage. In the event of flood damage such as this, post-construction cleaning and restoration is required. The area will need to be cleared out, dried, sanitized, and repaired to get your home back into a safe living condition. If you’re curious about the post-construction process, here are some tips to keep in mind.
1. Use a Drop Cloth before Beginning Work
Post-renovation cleaning can be an extremely difficult and lengthy task if you do not protect your floors and surfaces before your project. Be sure to protect your work area from construction materials and debris by laying a drop cloth down. Newspapers easily rip and don’t soak up spills very well, so using a drop cloth will ensure that your floors have the protection they need. You should also cover or remove any furniture in the area. If they get covered in dust or construction materials accidentally, it can be expensive to repair.
2. Open Windows
A great post-construction cleaning tip is to remember that fumes from chemicals and dust from sanding and building end up in the air. This is why proper ventilation is key. The best way to get these particles and smells out of your workspace or home is to open all the windows and even the doors. This creates an airflow through the area that gets the dust moving out, reduces harsh smells from cleaning products and chemicals, and helps any paint or polishes dry quicker.
The next step is to sweep. Contrary to popular belief, it is more effective to sweep the floors and dust after. Many people think that dusting should be done first, to get everything on the floor before sweeping. However, sweeping causes dust particles to spread into the air, which means the same dust you removed from the table or counter is now back on the surface. To avoid going back and forth with dusting and sweeping, sweep first to minimize extra dust clouds.
4. Let the Dust Settle
After you’ve swept the floors, put your feet up and relax for a while. By giving the room some time to settle, the dust particles can land on any surfaces you will be dusting next, and you’ll get the dust out of the air when you resume working. If you have other rooms that need sweeping and dusting, move onto the next room for sweeping.
5. Dust All Surfaces
After a construction project, there will be dust and wood particles everywhere. Not only will dusting make the space look professional after your project, it will also ensure that no leftover particles of dust and material are lingering on surfaces your household will be using. The best tool for the job is a microfibre towel. Old rags won’t do a good job—but microfibre cloths cling to dirt and wipe them off effectively. Some areas to keep in mind when dusting include between blinds, window ledges, door frame tops, shelving units, cupboards, tabletops, and any other surfaces. To make sure you get every surface, begin working in one corner of the room near the exit, and work your way around the room until you get back to the same exit on the other side.
6. Vacuum Everything
The next step is to vacuum to ensure that all the carpets, mats, and nooks are free of dust and debris. Run the vacuum cleaner slowly over the surfaces you clean. This will ensure that you pick up all the dust and dirt in the area.
7. Check Air Vents
An area that is often forgotten after a renovation is the air vent. These vents are a magnet for dust, and they will continue to circulate dust around your home if they are caked with it. Vacuuming inside your vents and cleaning off the external grills will prevent your air conditioning or heating hits from getting clogged. It will also prevent dust from recirculating back into your room after cleaning it.
Invest in Flood Services Canada for Post-Construction Cleaning
After restoring your property, the next step is to clean up the area to remove any dust and debris. If your situation is too extensive to handle on your own, we can help.
At Flood Services Canada, the first thing we do is remove the water from your home. But our services go much further than simply drying the area. Our team can actually restore and remodel an entire house or office space. From flooring to baseboards to ceilings, as well as any room in your property, we can rebuild and repair all the damage done to your home caused by flooding. Our after-construction cleaning technicians sanitize and clean your property using special cleaning techniques. You don’t have to look anywhere else for help; Flood Services Canada can do the job.
We also restore your property after it has suffered from damage caused by fire and smoke. No job is too big, too small, or too difficult for us to take on. Our only goal is to get you safely back into your home or office within an efficient timeframe so you can get back to living your life in a clean and safe home or office.
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