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The Long Checklist Of Post-construction Cleaning

Construction jobs can vary in size and scale, but there’s one aspect of it that’s almost universally common — construction crews don’t clean up the mess they leave behind. Instead, the industry standard is to leave the job to a professional cleaning company, allowing construction workers to move on to jobs where their skills are more useful, and for the cleanup process to be comprehensive.

You might think that cleanup isn’t that hard of a job and that it should be customary as part of the construction process, but the reality is that post-construction cleanup can be a monumental task. As a post-construction cleaning company who has done this job on many commercial building sites in Gloucester, we know this better than anyone.

Some building owners — whether they’re homeowners cleaning up after a renovation, or building owners who had an entire office newly constructed — may feel tempted to handle post-construction cleanup on their own. We advise against this.

Want to know how extensive post-construction cleanup needs to be? Here’s a breakdown of all the tasks that need to be done.

THE POST-CONSTRUCTION CLEANING CHECKLIST

CLEANING MOUNTAINS OF DUST

Dust is annoying. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. And that’s not an understatement — dust really is ubiquitous on any construction site, whether its sawdust or drywall dust. Proper cleanup is easiest with the industrial equipment that professional cleaning services have access to. You might think you’re a master duster by how dust-free you keep your home, but trust us when we say that construction dust is truly on another level.

CLEANING INTERIOR GLASS

When you walk into a new building, the windows are usually crystal clear — but they didn’t come that way. Construction dirties up new glass windows immensely, but your local post-construction cleaning company such as CleanPro will make sure that they’re shiny and perfectly transparent.

CLEANING THE LIGHTS

Remember all that dust we talked about? It really does get *everywhere,* including the lights. Lights aren’t something that a lot of average joes remember to clean, but it’s an essential part of getting a building ready for use after construction. This is especially important for the sake of presentation. If you’re a commercial building owner who might be housing tenants or businesses, you don’t want the interior brightness to be dampened by dirty lights that you hadn’t thought to clean.

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CLEANING AND DUSTING THE VENTS

If you’re moving into a brand new home, commercial building, or newly renovated room, you don’t want to get a bad start by having poor air quality right off the bat. Cleaning the vents is an essential part of getting a building ready for everyday use. This is a job that’s not fun or easy for the average person, but one in which CleanPro has extensive experience.

SPOT CLEANING WALLS

Construction can take a long time. It also involves heavy machinery, and a large number of human workers. It’s entirely possible for the walls to get scuffed, dirtied, or “stained” with dust. This is especially true in long-term construction jobs where certain particulates have time to settle into the drywall. This is why our team at Cleanpro spot cleans walls — you may not even notice the effect the construction had on them until you realize how much clearer they look after having been cleaned.

CLEANING CABINETS

This is yet another one of the many aspects of construction cleaning where “normal” dusting isn’t enough. Cabinets should be sanitary because they often contain food, dining supplies, or other cleaning materials. You’d be surprised at how many germs you leave in the open if you don’t give them a professional grade dusting and scrubbing treatment. When we provide post-construction cleanup, we scrub and clean the cabinets until we’re absolutely sure there’s no dust or particles — and then we do it again, just to be sure.

VACUUMING CARPETS

So you’ve got a new building with carpets. Are you using a Dirt Devil stick vacuum, or an industrial shop vac? We can guarantee you these this could easily be the difference between a clean environment and allergy heaven. Your carpets will never be as clean as they are on the first day that you move into your newly constructed space, so you’re doing them a disservice if you don’t start them off perfectly clean.

COMPREHENSIVE MOPPING

The same logic applies to your hard floors. Do you think your tenants will be impressed if they walk into a brand new building or renovated area, only to find that the hard floors don’t even look new? Dust is extremely easy to spot on hard floors, and it’s an obvious indicator that somebody didn’t have a close attention to detail when they were cleaning. We don’t want people to think that about you or us. We will make sure we conduct dust and damp mopping to all hard floors in the building.

CLEANING AND POLISHING RESTROOM FIXTURES

Okay, cleaning bathrooms isn’t as unpleasant in a post-construction cleaning job, since the bathrooms typically haven’t really been used. But still — who wants to bend over and clean toilets? You probably don’t, but we will, because we want every building we clean to look, feel, and smell brand new. That’s why we not only clean the toilets and sinks, we also polish them to white, shiny perfection.

CLEANING UP CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS

Most construction crews do a fairly good job at clearing out most of the major junk after a job, but it’s always possible that you may find construction debris, such as wood scraps, boards, or tool components which were missed when the construction company packed up shop. How would you like to walk through a newly constructed home, only to end up stepping on a nail that somehow went unnoticed? When we conduct post-construction cleanup jobs, we clean up all of the debris scraps you can see — and then we find and pick up all the debris you can’t see.

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CLEANING THE CEILING

This is a cleaning job that most people don’t think to do, or they might not even be capable of doing it. While we might not be able to clean the ceiling of a 300-foot vaulted cathedral, we’re perfectly capable of handling the ceilings in most normal residential or commercial buildings. And this is important — if dust from the construction process settles into the ceiling, you may find it raining on you when you least expect it. That’s not the kind of surprise people want in a new home or renovated building.

YOUR LOCAL POST-CONSTRUCTION CLEANERS IN GLOUCESTER AND THE NORTH SHORE

Do you have a building that’s recently been built or renovated? Whether it’s a residential home or a commercial office space, we are well-equipped and highly experienced in the ways of post-construction cleanup. CleanPro, LLC will make sure everything on this list is accounted for.

We’ve been performing all kinds of cleaning jobs to the people of Massachusetts for years. We primarily serve the Gloucester and North Shore areas, but we’ll gladly see if we can make arrangements if you live somewhere in the surrounding regions. More than anything, we’re eager to provide our professional cleaning services at the highest level of quality possible. Contact us today to get started!

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GET RID OF THINGS YOU DON’T NEED ON A REGULAR BASIS

This is the one that the majority of people struggle with the most, and there’s so much to say about it that we could write another blog post entirely. But here’s the bottom line: you’ve gotta know when to throw things out. If you don’t, you’ll end up keeping every little small thing in your home until you’re one day drowning in junk and unaware of how you got there.

There are a lot of reasons why you might not throw out your things. Perhaps you have a sentimental connection (more on that later). Perhaps it’s just a lot of work and you procrastinate putting aside the time to do it. Maybe you haven’t even realized you have too much stuff until now. But whatever the reason is, it’s time to start getting rid of things.

The trick, of course, is knowing what to get rid of, and that brings us to our next point:

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CREATE A METHOD TO DETERMINE WHAT’S WORTH KEEPING

The personal value of any given item is completely subjective. Like they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. So, for obvious reasons, we can’t make a blanket statement on which items are worth keeping and which ones are worth throwing out. But, if you’re able to create a personal system that you can use to determine this yourself, you’re on the right track.

There are many philosophies on how to determine when to get rid of an item. Marie Kondo, a famous decluttering expert, has one method that has gained widespread popularity: asking yourself whether or not the item “sparks joy.” In other words, how do you feel when you handle the possession in question? Is it something you have a deep sentimental attachment to, something that you enjoy using every single time? That might be worth keeping. But if your feelings are lukewarm, maybe it’s time to consider moving on.

Another good question to ask is, “would I notice if this item suddenly disappeared?” If you really take a good luck at your stuff, you’ll likely find that you don’t use the majority of it on a regular basis. Chances are, you wouldn’t even notice if they were no longer in your home. This is a good refiner’s fire to determine which items you want to keep in your life!

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STOP BUYING STUFF YOU DON’T NEED

While failing to get rid of junk is a major reason for clutter in the home, it can also be because you’re just acquiring too much of it, too quickly. If you’re a compulsive spender, you might benefit from a thoughtful session where you sit down and examine all of the purchases you’ve made in the last couple months. Ask yourself — how many of these items have you gotten meaningful use out of? How many do you regret buying? How many did you forget about altogether?

By looking at your spending history and taking note of what actually added value to your life, it may be easier to identify purchases in the future that would only end up being a waste. This is beneficial for multiple reasons — you won’t only be opening space in your home, you’ll also save money!

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ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE

In certain rare situations, somebody might be plagued with a junk problem, only to realize it was an illusion — if your storage solutions at home are cumbersome, it’s much easier for everything to feel cluttered.

One natural component of junk removal services is assisting with organization. While that’s not the main reason we provide our services, we have seen first-hand how organization can really make or break the clutter in someone’s home. If you feel like all your stuff is piling up, take a moment to ask yourself if the problem could be mitigated by better storage.

Let’s take books as an example. Imagine trying to store a small library of books without shelves. You’d probably line them against the wall, which would be well and good, until you need to stack. Then what? Stacking them on top of each other isn’t very structurally sound or efficient, but putting them on the floor would take up far too much space. The answer is, of course, a bookshelf, which allows books to be lined up cleanly and layered in such a way to where you can fit hundreds.

Take inventory of your possessions and ask yourself, is there a bookshelf equivalent? This could save you from all kinds of clutter.

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CONTROL YOUR SENTIMENTALITY

“Hoarding” is a term that’s used to describe someone who irrationally collects piles and piles of junk until it becomes an impossibly messy labyrinth of garbage in the home. While the causes for hoarding vary from person to person, one common cause of it is a sense of sentimentality for various items. If this is holding you back from getting rid of a lot of your stuff, it might be worth reconsidering how valuable those items really are.

For the record, there is a time and a place for sentimentality. Do you have a necklace that was passed down from your grandmother who fled her country in World War 2? That’s a pretty personal item with a meaningful history. Keep it! But those old speakers that your cousin apathetically gave you that you used once? You might be overstating how meaningful those really are.

We can’t tell you what is and isn’t important in your life. But if you have trouble with sentimentality, ask yourself if you could loosen up your standards a little. If you haven’t used the items for years, wouldn’t notice if they were gone, and you don’t feel any kind of joy in them, do you actually feel sentimental, or are you just making excuses to not get rid of stuff?

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CALL FOR JUNK REMOVAL SERVICES

While most of the points on this list are predicated around avoiding junk buildup in your home, you may have already reached the point where you have too much. If that is the case, it’s time to get rid of it. The fastest and easiest way to facilitate junk removal is to call for professional services, and that is something that we’re proud to offer to Massachusetts homeowners over here at Clean Pro.

While residential and commercial cleaning is mainly what we’re known for, we offer a wide plethora of home-related services, and junk removal is one of them. And, from years of serving the people in Gloucester, Essex, Manchester, Boston, and other surrounding areas, you can bet we know our stuff.

When you call us for Junk Removal, you can count on a company that respects your needs. We will work with you personally to identify what you want to get rid of, and lay out an effective plan on how to do it. If you want our professional consultation on organizational matters or whether or not an item is worth keeping, we’ll give our opinion. If you’re firmly decided on what you want to get rid of, we won’t stick our nose in your business and try to convince you otherwise.

More than anything, we’re here to help. Have you been struggling with a buildup of junk in your home? Call CleanPro today, and be sure to read more about our junk removal services if you have any questions.

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