The Ultimate Guide for Cleaning a New Constructed Home

Standing inside a newly completed home is a unique experience. You may need help determining where to begin when cleaning your newly constructed home.

Start by vacuuming your entire house. Do you start with the kitchen and bathrooms? Take a moment to read through our guide to cleaning a newly constructed home before you grab the mop.

Importance of Cleaning a Newly Constructed Home!

You’re ready to move in. You can start cleaning your newly constructed home as you have time, rather than cleaning it all at once before moving in.

This is not the best thing to do. Here’s why.

Safety concerns: Builders work with a variety of materials from wood, and sawdust, to adhesives and paints. If not properly cleaned, these materials can cause skin irritations and breathing problems.

  • Construction sites are often unsightly after builders finish their work. Your newly constructed home will look like new after cleaning.
  • Functionality: If you can’t use your kitchen, bathroom, or other rooms because they are messy, likely, you will likely not be able to reach the cabinets or appliances. You should clean your house thoroughly to ensure that it functions properly.
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How Long Does It Take to Clean a Home After Construction?

Two days? Cleaning your house after construction will take you a certain amount of time, depending on several factors. Here are a few of the most important:

  • Size of your house: The larger the house is, the longer it will take for the cleaning to be completed.
  • Type of cleaning: The builders or contractors are responsible for cleaning to a certain extent, depending on the contract. They may, for example, clean up building materials such as wood chips and sawdust, or wipe down the walls. You’ll be able to save time if this is the case.
  • Materials used: A shop vac, a power wash, and a broom will get the job done faster than if you were to use a mop or a broom.
  • People involved: How many people will be cleaning? You’ll be able to get more done if your family and friends help you.
  • Experience: Many homeowners do not have the experience to remove stubborn dirt marks left behind by construction. Not everyone has the right tools to clean efficiently.

Supplies Needed for Cleaning a New Constructed Home!

Here are the supplies you’ll need if you want to do your cleaning:

  • Dusters
  • Large sponges
  • Magic erasers
  • Putty knife
  • Dishwashing soap or all-purpose cleaner
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Painter’s or masking tape
  • White vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Broom
  • Stepladder
  • Squeegee
  • Window Cleaners
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Cleaning rags
  • Brushes and Dustpan
  • Trash bags

Can You Make DIY Cleaning Solutions?

You can make your cleaning products at home if you want to be adventurous or if you don’t wish to expose yourself and your family members to toxic chemicals found in commercial cleaners. Here are a few options:

All-Purpose Cleaner

A multi-purpose cleaner is great for cleaning windows, sinks, and countertops as well as floors. How to make it?

  • In a spray bottle, mix equal parts water and vinegar.
  • You can add a few drops to your favorite essential oils for fragrance. Lemon is a good choice because its strong smell will overpower the vinegar scent.
  • Shake the spray bottle before using.
  • Spray on the desired area and then wipe away the dust using a microfiber cloth or paper towel.

Carpet Cleaner

You should clean your carpets before installing them in your home. If you don’t, dust that accumulated in the process of moving could ruin your new flooring. Dish soap and vinegar can be used to make your carpet cleaner.

  • In a spray bottle, combine one tablespoon of dish soap with one tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of warm water.
  • Shake the spray bottle to mix the solution.
  • Spray the solution onto your carpet stain and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.
  • Use a paper towel and blot the area to remove the stain.

Window Cleaner

The outside air is full of dust, dirt, and grease. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make your window cleaner.

  • In a spray bottle, combine a quarter-cup of white vinegar with a tablespoon of cornstarch and a fourth-cup of rubbing alcohol.
  • Add two cups of warm diluted water after shaking the mixture.
  • This solution is ideal for cleaning glass surfaces such as windows and mirrors.

PPE for Post-Construction Cleanup

You can expose yourself to harmful substances, such as paint fumes and dirt when cleaning up a newly constructed home. Wearing the right personal protective equipment will help to reduce your risk of injury. Before you start, here are some items to pick up at your local hardware store:

  • Dust masks
  • Eye protection
  • Rubber gloves
  • Shoes with rubber soles
  • Pants and sleeves that are long and durable

The contractors may have left behind broken glass, wood chips, and nails if post-construction cleaning was not included in your contract.

Always wear closed-toed shoes and thick gloves when cleaning these items. Avoid touching anything with bare hands as this could lead to serious injuries.

Ventilation is important when cleaning. Dust masks are also recommended to protect the lungs against dust or fumes.

Equipment for Post-Construction Cleaning

For extensive cleaning, you’ll need more than a mop and broom. You’ll also need some cleaning tools.

  • Power washer
  • Floor polisher
  • Shop vac
  • Wet/dry vacuum
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Steam cleaner
  • Window squeegee
  • Scrub brush

You will have to decide whether you want to rent or buy these tools. Use some items like a vacuum and carpet cleaner for routine cleaning and maintenance.

You may also wish to purchase a power wash if you have a large yard or outdoor space. If you don’t need it for a long time, then it is possible to rent.

Are You Planning in Cleaning Your Newly Constructed Home?

Plan your cleaning before you begin. What room will you begin with? Are you planning to assign tasks to each family member? Are you equipped with the necessary equipment? Where do you plan on sourcing it?

In general, you should begin cleaning at the furthest point away from your main entrance door. It is important to clean from inside to outside and upwards to downwards. This will ensure that dirt and dust are always moved outside of the house, rather than moving them inside and creating more mess.

Tips to Prepare for the Project:

  • To prevent dust from entering the house, block any openings or vents, including the HVAC system.
  • Cover the floor of a clean room with plastic sheeting. Tape it down.
  • To create a work area that is safe and free of obstacles, remove large materials such as wood chips, broken glass, and nails.
  • Use safety equipment, such as a mask and gloves.
  • Always keep cleaning products and supplies close at hand.
  • Instead of attempting to clean the house in a single day, set realistic cleaning goals.

Elite Service Solutions is the perfect cleaning specialist to help you. We have the expertise, equipment, and manpower to clean your newly constructed home. You don’t need to do it yourself. Call us today to find out more.

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