From Dust Cloud to Dream Home: Your Guide to Post-Construction Cleanup's featured image

The renovation is complete, and you’re thrilled with the results! But before you kick back and admire your new space, there’s one crucial step remaining: tackling the endless mountain of construction dust. This never-ending film clings to every surface, but with the right approach you’ll soon be breathing easy in your brand new space.

Safety First

Construction dust contains harmful particles like silica, so make sure to prioritize your health. Wear a mask rated N-95 or higher, which effectively filters out these tiny irritants. Wear gloves to protect your hands, and if dust allergies are a concern, consider eye protection as well.

The Power of Suction

Now, it’s time to tackle the dust head-on. Invest in a vacuum cleaner equipped with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. These filters trap even the tiniest dust particles, preventing them from recirculating in the air. Start by vacuuming high surfaces like light fixtures, crown moulding, and shelves. Pay close attention to crevices and corners where dust loves to hide.

Mop Up the Mess

Once you’ve conquered the high places, focus on floors. Dry mop with a microfibre cloth to capture loose dust particles. Avoid using a regular broom, as it can stir dust back into the air. For a deeper clean, follow up with damp mopping. Use a solution of warm water with a few drops of gentle dish soap.  Remember to wring out the mop thoroughly to avoid soaking the floors.

Attention to Detail

Don’t underestimate the power of a good microfibre cloth! These trusty cleaning tools can be used to wipe down walls, windowsills, doors and any remaining surfaces. For stubborn grime, a slightly damp microfibre cloth can be a lifesaver.

The Final Touches

After the initial cleaning blitz, replace your air filters (furnace, air purifier, etc.) as they’ve likely trapped a significant amount of dust. If you didn’t take them down before your house work, wash or dry clean any curtains, blinds, or throw rugs that may have accumulated dust.


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