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How to Clean Up After A Major Renovation Project

Updated: May 30

If your renovation is extensive, there will always be a lot of debris leftover. Most contractors do not include a clean-up service once they have finished the job, and the best you can hope for is a "broom-sweep." That means that the contractors only have to clean the large debris and sweep the floor with a broom. Since that is not going to cut it, we will show you how to clean up after a major renovation project, so you can start enjoying your new and improved home.

The best way to minimise the stress and arduous labour that goes into cleaning up after a renovation would be to hire professionals to help you. However, if you don't want to spend additional money right after a costly renovation, we'll show you how to clean your house yourself.

1. Vacuuming is the first step to a clean up after a renovation

The first thing you should do is clear out all debris that the contractors did not remove. There shouldn't be much left, though. If there is, you should sweep your entire house with a broom once more. You can put all of the junk into bags when you've finished. If you're not sure how to get rid of that much junk, don't worry because you can always hire junk removal services. Pros can haul it away for you once you've gathered everything. After you are done with the waste and debris, you can focus on vacuuming.

The first step when you clean up after a major renovation project is light vacuuming to remove any larger debris left behind by the contractors.

Dust and filth particles may easily get embedded in draperies, upholstered furniture, and carpeted floors. If left to settle after renovation, the dust and grime will not only give your home a dirty look but may pose a health risk to people with dust allergies. To avoid that, we suggest that you vacuum all soft surfaces thoroughly. You should pay special attention to the smallest details: mats, cushions, and the sides of couches. Remove and vacuum each furniture cushion and the frames underneath them. If you see any lingering dust after the initial round of vacuuming, repeat the process. Use a tight aperture on the vacuum cleaner and run over each surface twice.

2. Get into all of the nooks and crannies

Cleaning up after a home renovation is more difficult because of the many tiny surfaces. Since you can't reach all of the small spaces with your vacuum cleaner, it is time to take the cleaning into your own hands. At this point, you'll want to get to the surfaces that a vacuum cleaner can't reach. These are areas near sensitive electronics like televisions or delicate items such as lampshades, vases, flowerpots, and statues.

You can use microfiber mops, cleaning pads, and cloths for cleaning these spots. Microfiber is suitable because the synthetic fibres it is made of are non-abrasive and superlight. Furthermore, microfiber is a material that rapidly takes up dirt, dust, and hair, making it excellent for post-renovation cleaning. 

3. Wipe all of the surfaces clean

After removing all of the dust, most of the hard work is complete. All that remains is for you to clean your home as if it were spring cleaning. You don't need to be thorough unless there are problem spots left after the renovation. The first step is to make a single pass with a wet cloth or mop to pick up any remaining dust. After that, you should use a cleaning solution to wipe down all of the surfaces in your home. For this step, you can use any cleaning solution you like. Whether you want to use chemicals or natural solutions, it is up to you. 

After vacuuming, you should clean all surfaces with a chemical or natural solution.

After you are done with the floors, you can move onto the windows and the walls. Yes, during renovation, dust accumulates on your walls as well. Dry dusting is the best approach to remove particles without harming the surface of a wall. However, a moist cloth may also be adequate depending on the kind of paint or wall covering. Before using any moisture, consult the paint or wallpaper manufacturer and try a small area first.

4. Ventilate your home well

No matter how clean your home gets, it will never feel clean if there is a lingering odour of renovation. Unfortunately, your home always has the leftover smell of paint, plaster, or concrete after remodelling projects. Since this can be unpleasant, you should consider every measure to ventilate your home. There are a few things that you can do:

  1. Open your windows: This should be the first thing you do, and you've probably already done it. Sometimes, though, opening a window won't be enough to get rid of the odour.

  2. Turn on your home's ventilation system: Exhaust ventilation systems work by depressurising the house, lowering the internal air pressure to a level lower than the external air pressure. The exhaust mechanism takes the stale air through the ducting system outdoors.

  3. Use HEPA filter and vacuum pumps: This should only be used as a last resort because it is an expensive piece of equipment you will need to rent. HEPA vacuums can trap tiny dust particles, typically the ones that carry all of the foul odour. You should consider this only if you have exhausted all the other options.

If you have an exhaust ventilation system, it may come in handy for removing any lingering renovation odours.


The renovation process is stressful enough; there is no need to add to that stress once the job is completed. You can make it easier on yourself if you follow these steps on how to clean up after a major renovation project. And, as you can see, you don't have much work to do anyway.


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