If you’re a building owner or a project manager, one of the biggest concerns you’ll have is keeping your facility clean. Especially if you’re dealing with an ongoing construction project that can make your building a pile of dust and post-construction mess.
Post-construction cleanup requires specialized cleaning, and when not cleaned correctly, can damage your building. Some construction waste can even be hazardous to your health.
For this reason, our highly expert team at Kenberts Cleaning Services makes sure that your post-construction cleanup is handled with utmost professionalism and mastery. Below we mention some of our post-construction cleanup processes to help you better understand the procedure.
Before We Begin
Even when everything goes according to plan and your workers try to keep things as clean and tidy as possible, dust and dirt can become impossible to avoid. So, before we start our intensive clean-up process, we make sure that the area is as dust-free as possible. This helps our workers breathe clean air and avoid breathing in a lot of dirt and dust.
After this, we cover any unaffected rooms with plastic. We block vents and openings using plastic sheets to avoid any damage to your HVAC system during the cleaning process.
Cleaning Loose And Fine Dust
Once the unaffected areas are sealed, we shift our focus to cleaning dust from the building’s walls and floors. We use a dry/wet vacuum or a soft bristled-broom to sweep each room and clean loose dirt and debris. A vacuum is great for picking up loose dust.
Fine dust, which is more stubborn, cannot just be cleaned with a vacuum. If not cleaned carefully, fine dust can clog HVAC systems or get into electronics. To clean fine dust, we use a slightly damped microfiber cloth. The cloth shouldn’t be too wet as it will turn the dust into mud, making it harder to clean. We use this cloth to pick up the dirt, and the process is repeated on every surface of the building affected by the construction.
When the area is dry, we use a vacuum to get any remaining dust. Fine dust on the carpet is cleaned using a HEPA Vacuum (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) that ensures that as much dirt is cleaned from the carpet as possible. If there is brick and mortar dust on the carpet, we scrub the dust loose before vacuuming the excess.
Cleaning Spackling Paste
Spackling paste is a putty that is used to fill up small holes, cracks, and surface defects. It is also used to grout tiles. Cleaning spackling paste from different surfaces is common during post-construction cleanups. How it is cleaned depends on the surface it is on. For example, it can be removed from the tiles using a damp cloth. However if it has become dry, we will use a putty knife to scrape it off and then use a damp towel to soften it. We then will use a sponge to clean the area until the stains are gone.
On wood surfaces, we use a dry cloth to clean any wet spackling paste. Dried paste is first softened with wooden oil until it can easily be scraped off using a plastic putty knife.
Sweep And Vacuum/Mop The Building
Once the dust, spackling paste, and other visible dust and debris are cleaned, we move on to the building’s final sweep and mop. How we clean the floors depends on the type of floor surface. Since carpeted surfaces trap way more dirt than other floor types, we use a high power vacuum with a dust brush extension or a steam cleaner to clean it thoroughly.
Hard surfaced areas are first swept, vacuumed, power washed, and then mopped with a soft, damp cloth. We finally dust and thoroughly clean all cabinets, door handles, shelves, and windows.