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Builiding renovation cleaning

by Julie Finch-Scally

Are you are thinking doing your own cleaning after a building renovation? If you are then there are several things you should know. The worst thing about cleaning after any renovation is the dust. Although many of the workman do clean as they go, the majority of renovating dust is so fine it infiltrates through every crack. This means your cupboards could have fine dust inside as well as outside and all surfaces will have a light coating of dust.

Unfortunately dust generated by a renovation, hangs around in the air for approximately six weeks. This is the reason you can taste it when you leave the property. It is also dangerous for your domestic vacuum cleaner. The dust actually gets into the engine and clogs up the motor.

If you are going to clean the property yourself, it would be better to prepare all the rooms before the renovation starts. Place sheets over all the furniture in the rooms being renovated and ones close by. You will be amazed during the renovation at the dust sitting on those sheets.

Any cupboards with a slight crack need to have the crack covered with brown paper tape. This tape is best because it is not likely to leave a mark on the cupboard door. Remove curtains and blinds, all small ornaments and paintings. Place everything into the room furthest from the renovation and keep the door closed.

Once the renovation has been completed and the workmen have finally left you will need to hire an industrial vacuum cleaner. Vacuum over all the skirting boards, window sills, grooves in the doors, the walls and the floors, not only in the renovated room, but also those surrounding it.

When removing the sheets fold them in on themselves starting at the bottom and rolling them to the centre. By taking it slowly and not flicking you can be sure that the dust will stay on the sheet and not fly up into the air. The sheets will need washing, but put them through a soak and rinse cycle before giving them a thorough hot wash.

Once the rooms are clean you can open up those cupboards with the cracks, replace the curtains and blinds, put the furniture where it usually lives, put back the ornaments and hang the painting.

Cleaning after renovating is time consuming, but easy if you take precautions before it starts.

 

 

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Upholstery cleaning

by Julie Finch-Scally

If you have material curtains and covered chairs you really should vacuum them regularly. Of course most people don’t, but if you consider how much dust your vacuum collects from your floor, how much dust will have collected in your sofa, chairs and curtains?

Even leather furniture needs to be wiped over, especially in the folds, because you can see the dust sitting there, once again proving there must be a considerable amount of dust in your covered furniture.

Absorption of dust in material after months and years discolours the fabric making your sofa and chairs looks darker and grubby. Give it a vacuum and it will help, but if it has been a very long time since the furniture has been vacuumed you will find the dust has settled into the cloth and you will need a deeper clean. You can remove the cushion covers and wash them but you will see the difference between the rest of the chair and the cushions.

Many carpet cleaners clean upholstery. They promote it in their advertising. Having your sofa and chairs professionally cleaned will surprise you. The improvement in the colour will be amazing. Give the furniture a regular vacuum after that and it will keep everything looking great.

Curtains can be cleaned by carpet cleaners but sometimes it is easier to take them down and get the curtains dry-cleaned. If they are of a flimsy material you might be able to put them through your washing machine. It does depend on the amount of material in each curtain. If there is a huge amount it may not fit in the machine so will need dry-cleaning any way. Don’t try machine washing heavy curtains or material with insulating backing, the main reason is the creases caused by the washing machine. You will have to iron them once they are dry; having them dry cleaned is safer and easier. All you will need to do is take them off the hooks and when you bring them home re-hang them.

Obviously having the upholstery cleaned by the carpet cleaner and the curtains dry cleaned will cost, but if you rotate the rooms with the curtains and the furniture you will spread the cost load and after six months the whole house will look a lot cleaner, especially if you Spring Clean each room while the curtains are at the dry-cleaner.

 

 

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‘Preparing your Apartment for Sale

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‘Preparing your House for Sale

 

will take you from ‘decision’ to ‘moving’

 

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the ‘Cleaning Books’ section

 

 
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