While a stunning and more comfortable space awaits you after a house renovation project, you have to be prepared for a huge wave of dust and debris during the whole process. Cleaning your home in an ordinary day can seem exhausting. What more during and after a renovation?
So that you wouldn’t need to hire professional cleaners afterward (and deal with furniture damage later), take these proactive steps to keep your home clean and keep the mess at minimal levels during a house renovation:
Vacate the area
If possible, remove furniture, furnishings, décor and other items in the area being remodeled. This way, it is easier to clean the space after each work day. More importantly, you also avoid the possibility of your precious furniture and home furnishings being damaged. Take note that dust can cause scratches on wood surfaces, let alone construction debris. For built-in furniture, you can just cover them with a tarp, cloth or plastic. Cleaning furniture can be a daunting and time-consuming task so make sure you have a plan to protect them during any home improvement project.
Install construction barriers
You want to isolate the renovation area to contain dirt and other construction debris from getting flown away to other parts of your home. This is a great strategy to reduce the need for a full-scale cleaning as you will only have to deal with one area or room at a time. Also, it’s very important to prevent indoor air contamination, which can cause health problems in your family. You can purchase construction barriers (like a fire-retardant plastic sheeting) from your local hardware store.
Clean the air with air movers
Indoor air pollution is another concern during any home renovation project. You may not notice it in plain sight but those tiny particles from dust and construction supplies (such as paint, epoxy coating, varnish, wood glue, etc.) travel throughout your home. One way to clean indoor air is by using air movers. These are professional systems that are designed to blow large amounts of air over a specific area or surface, such as the wall or carpet. They can be used to speed up drying of paint so you don’t inhale the toxic fume from the paint compounds, or from a wet carpet after cleaning. If you have mold issues at home, using air movers after cleaning is important to prevent mold from coming back.
Cleaning your home everyday during the entire renovation project is crucial to avoid the need for a more intensive cleaning. Talk to your contractor about how they could keep the worksite clean. Professional contractors should have a cleaning procedure in place right after each workday. They should be able to at least sweep the floor, take out the debris, and organize their tools and equipment before leaving. If you notice that there’s dust accumulating on your furniture or floor, vacuum it. This will prevent scratches that are difficult to remove. Don’t forget to purge the vacuum by running it outside the house before using it again.
Filter the air
The dust and debris particles can travel to every part of your home through your HVAC system. Make sure to clean your HVAC filters at the end of each day. Shut down your HVAC during the construction or renovation period. Remove the air conditioning unit from the work area as it easily gets clogged with dust. Also, make use of air purifier, diffuser and other air filtering system.
Use power tools
Ask your contractor about the tools they are using. Power tools usually come with dust extractor which is very helpful in minimizing dirt during any renovation. This makes such a big, big difference in controlling mess.
Cover floors and carpet
You also want to protect your floors and carpets. Carpet, in particular, requires a strong, durable, and puncture-resistant covering preferably with water-based adhesive to prevent discoloration. Another smart strategy is to use sticky mats at each work-area entrance. Once the mat gets too saturated with gunk, you can easily replace it. Additionally, sealing and ventilating the work area will protect your floors and your entire home from noxious substances during construction that turn into fine dust.
For things like cutting tiles and wood, painting boards, and building cabinets, ask the contractor to do them outside. This is the best way to control mess during any home renovation project.
Home renovation can be fun but challenging, especially when it comes to the cleanup part. Thus, creating a plan to avoid mess should be one of your priorities. The good news is that there are many ways to control mess. Hopefully, with these tips, you can have your renovation project completed without worrying about having to do an exhaustive cleanup after and just have a great time enjoying the new look of your home.