The Basics of Post Construction Commercial Cleaning

When a new building or addition is constructed, there is an obnoxious and unsafe amount of dust, debris, and material scraps left behind. The construction crew is not paid or appointed to clean this mess up when they are done, so it is up to the property owners to outsource professional cleanup teams if they want their new property to shine and sparkle.

Attempting post-construction cleaning on your own is not only overwhelmingly tedious and tiresome, it can be dangerous without the proper supplies and resources. A professional cleaning company has the training, tools, and equipment to ensure all proper hygienic precautions are taken. Continue reading to learn about the basics of post-construction cleaning services.

Post Construction Clean-Up

Trash Removal

Before all the small cleaning details can be managed, the trash and scrap materials must be removed and thrown away. A construction site cleaning crew safely disposes of hazardous materials, trash, and all other forms of debris left over from construction. Anything that can be recycled is recycled, and all other materials are disposed of safely and properly. This includes leftover wood, scrap metal, nails, soda cans, plastic, paper, organic material, and everything else.

Dust Removal

The most obnoxious part of construction work is the leftover dust. Layers and layers of dust will cover every surface, and even enter registers, vents, and ductwork. This dust is a result of sanding, sawing, demolishing, and more, so it contains a wide range of hazardous particles such as wood, dirt, and metal fragments.

In order to eliminate dust properly, you must use certain supplies, tools, and procedures. Believe it or not, there is a special method to dust removal, and it is more than just wiping it away. A professional commercial cleaning company has the training, tools, and equipment to locate all areas of dust accumulation, including vents, registers, and duct work, and eliminate it entirely.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Once all the trash and dust is removed, every square-inch of surfaces, nooks, and crannies, including the indoor air environment, is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Specialized products and equipment are used to complete this part of the post construction site clean up process.

When the cleaning and sanitizing are finished, a good commercial cleaning company will end the project with a test called a “white glove inspection.” They will actually don a clean white glove and walk through the property wiping their fingers on every surface to ensure it is entirely unsoiled.

Interior Post Construction Cleanup Tips

There is nothing worse than bringing contractors in to do a construction project only to find that once they have finished the job, they have left their mess behind. Construction site cleanup is part of the construction industry and it can be a messy job, but someone has to do it. You can make your life easier by cleaning as you go for starters, and that should help reduce the burden of the final cleanup to a degree. While it’s impossible to cover every aspect of a proper construction cleaning project, a good place to start would be to remove trash and debris on a daily basis, particularly wood and paint particles which can pose as dangerous fire hazards.

There are plenty of construction companies that might make use of a separate contractor to do the cleanup for them since it can save a lot of time and money by bringing in specialists (dependent on the size of the job). It is always wise to do a walk-through prior to the start of cleanup for the supervisor to find out exactly what the construction manager’s expectations are with regard to cleanup. This will also help to prevent a poor final product (when the project is completed).

So, what does construction site cleanup really entail? In general, any scuffs, hand and finger smudges, dust and dirt need to be wiped down off the walls and the same goes for trim, baseboards, windows, door frames and handrails. The ceilings will also need a good dust and the removal of any cobwebs that have sprung up. Doors need to be cleaned down- which may include the front, back, sides and the top, and don’t forget about the hinges. Any masonry will need to be vacuumed and cleaned as instructed. All of the carpeting throughout the project will need to be vacuumed as well. Wood, tile or marble should be buffed, waxed and sealed. You will need to clean the tracks, frames and glass on windows. Be sure to clean any of the light fixtures and ceiling fans dust tends to accumulate. Wall & ceiling vents, and floor vents will also be need to vacuumed, and in the case of floor vents they will need to be removed so that you can vacuum as deep as the attachments will allow. Electrical outlets and switches need cleaned since may they gather dust and hand smudges. That is just the basic cleaning inside, it doesn’t encompass the specific cleaning required in a bathroom, kitchen or the entry way. Not to mention any mirrors and cabinets throughout the house, as well as removing any of the manufacturer’s stickers that are not required.

On the topic of manufacturers, you should not forget the importance of which cleaning chemicals should and shouldn’t be used. Only cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer should be used, as the wrong chemical can cause irreparable damage and will set your project back as you have to replace any damaged items, especially things of delicate stonework like marble, granite and quartz. It is very likely that you will be unable to do all of the cleanup yourself, depending on the type of project its likely you will need to call in the professionals to finish off your flooring as it will require sealing and waxing. Now that the inside is taken care of you can begin focusing on cleaning up the outside.