Tip: Use a HEPA filter in your vacuum cleaner. These are high-efficiency filters that trap very fine dust and pollutants.
4. Now do a damp clean: Clean off the remaining dirt by wiping surfaces, especially floors, with damp cloths and a mop.
Choose micro-fibre mops, cloths and pads as these clean surfaces more efficiently than regular ones. And because the fibres are so small, they are also non-abrasive and extra-light. These micro-fibre cleaning materials help pick up residue dust, fine particles, hair and water effectively, leaving surfaces almost spotless.
For major renovations, professional cleaners can be called in, as clean-up may be too extensive and taxing to do on your own.
If you had your renovation done on a home you are already living in, you would have already had furniture and soft furnishings. Mattresses, sofas, carpets, and curtains – even if you had covered them in plastic or newspaper – will need a thorough clean as these often accumulate dust that may cause respiratory problems like asthma or rhinitis.
Again, if you’re renovating a home you’re already living in, some prep work before the reno can save a lot of cleaning time and effort afterwards.
- Cover floors, other surfaces and air conditioners with newspapers to keep off much of the renovation activities’ grime. This will also preserve your floors from scratching, dents and other heavy equipment mishaps.
- Contain the dust to the work area by hanging plastic ‘skirts’ or drop cloths on doorways.
- Where possible, do cutting, sawing and sanding of wood or gypsum boards outdoors.
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