There's been a constant stream of projects around my home lately. They've ranged from exciting (new kitchen cabinets) to demoralizing (finding mold in our guest room ceiling), but they've all included a fair bit of construction dust. Along the way, I developed this checklist for cleaning up efficiently.
If you just finished a major renovation that required moving everything out of your home, you can probably skip a few steps. If your furniture was pushed into a pile and covered with plastic — as mine was for one project — you may need a bit more elbow grease.
- Clean the walls, including the molding. If the walls are newly painted, stick to dry dusting. If you kept the old paint, wipe them down with a damp towel. You can wrap the towel around a broom or extension duster to reach high places. If you have walls covered in textured wallpaper or a natural material like grasscloth, vacuum them with the brush attachment. For other wallpapers, wipe down with a damp cloth, making sure to spot check first.
- Vacuum. If your floors are carpeted, go over them a few times. If they're wood, tile, or linoleum, follow your vacuuming with a quick mopping.
- Use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum to clean any upholstered furniture that was "under wraps," including mattresses. Also include any fabric window treatments or accessories.
- Take down and clean light fixtures, unless you had new ones installed. If you have a ceiling fan, clean the blades.
- Unscrew and clean your vents with warm, soapy water.
- Use a damp rag to wipe down wood or metal furniture, knickknacks, and any other miscellaneous items.
- Check on and change the air filter(s) in your home. Painters sometimes remove filters while painting, and forget to put them back in. A missing filter could damage your furnace. If your filter stayed up during construction, it's best replaced with a new one.
Voila! Enjoy your new and improved space!
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(Image: Kathleen Luttschyn)