Whether you are completing a new office building or an ambitious remodeling project, cleaning up a construction site can be an arduous task. Construction is a messy business and post-construction cleaning requires a thoughtful and thorough approach.
There are often large amounts of dust, heavy and bulky debris, paint drippings, tape residue, nails, and screws – the list goes on and on. The idea of cleaning up a construction site can be so overwhelming you might not even know where to start.
Knowing the essentials of the post-construction cleaning will go a long way toward getting the job done efficiently and effectively. Here are a few essential considerations when approaching a post-construction cleaning project:
Construction sites present many hazards. Broken glass, stray nails, and other post-construction debris can cause some pretty serious injuries. Not to mention dust and chemical fumes which can be hazardous to the respiratory system.
It is important to take safety into consideration when attempting to clean a construction site. Proper personal protective equipment like dust masks and eye protection are a must, as are hard-soled work boots and a sturdy pair of gloves.
Perhaps the best safety tool is situational awareness. Know your surroundings and be aware of any hazards that may exist.
The Right Equipment
Your household vacuum cleaner is likely not up to the task of cleaning a construction site and those flimsy kitchen garbage bags won’t cut it either. Post-construction cleaning will require professional-grade supplies and equipment. Industrial vacuums, contractor-grade garbage bags, dumpsters, utility carts, ladders, and professional-grade cleaning supplies will help ensure an efficient cleaning process.
If there is one thing that every construction project produces it is dust – and lots of it. Dust has an incredible ability to float through the air and settle in some pretty hard-to-reach places. In order to remove dust effectively, you need to start at the top and work your way down. Having a ladder or scaffolding and a backpack vacuum to reach high ceilings, door and window frames, and rafters makes the project much easier.
Once you have removed the dust from the top area of the site, you can work your way down to the lower walls, window sills, baseboards, and floors. An industrial vacuum is essential for the floors where you may encounter larger debris like nails and screws or pieces of drywall or plaster.
Once the dust is removed from the interior spaces it is important to check for dust and debris in the air vents. Cleaning these out will help prevent dust from accumulating in your newly cleaned space.
Thorough dust removal is a time-consuming but essential aspect of post-construction cleaning.
Likely the most important consideration when it comes to post-construction cleaning is hiring a professional construction cleaning service. Professional post-construction cleaners know how to get the job done. They have all the safety equipment and protocols in place, possess the specialized skills and equipment required for the job, and are bonded and insured. If you want the job done right, hiring a professional is the way to go.
Complete Care Maintenance has performed post-construction cleaning for construction projects large and small. We can help you with your post-construction cleaning as well. Call or contact us today!