New Construction Cleaning Tips For Your Next Project

A professional commercial cleaner from uses industrial shop vac to properly clean up a construction site.

When it comes to construction projects, there are a lot of decisions to make. What type of materials will be used? How long will the project take? And should you do the cleaning yourself or hire a post-construction cleaning company to clean the mess for you? 

No matter how you answer these questions, the fact is that all construction projects require a proper cleanup; there is no getting around that. The decision of hiring a professional cleaning company or learning new construction cleaning tips to do it yourself is entirely up to you. Today, we will look at both options, while also sharing the best tips to keep your site clean and safe throughout the process. 

The Importance Of A Clean Construction Site

If you are a contractor or a project site manager, then you probably know from experience that a construction site tends to get messier and messier over time. Not only does this mean that the clean-up process gets longer and more complicated, it also means that your workers will have to deal with a lot of dirt and dust when they’re finally ready to move out of your property. Their health can suffer as a result, which can have a negative impact on work morale and overall productivity. This is why it’s critical that you and your team are cleaning up and following safety protocols along the way–even if you plan on hiring a professional cleaning company once the project is complete. 

So before we compare the differences between post-construction professional cleaning and DIY clean ups, take a look at some basic cleaning supplies that you should have on hand no matter what:

  • Trash bags (be sure to have different varieties including larger and more durable options)
  • Brooms & dustpans
  • Shop Vac 
  • Rubber gloves
  • Scrub brushes
  • Buckets & mops
  • Hard hats
  • Safety signs
  • Trash bins 
  • Masks (to avoid breathing in cleaning chemicals)
  • Safety goggles or eye protection
  • Cleaning supplies (detergents, disinfectants, rinses, etc.)
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Putty knife
  • Microfiber cloths 

Remember that even if you choose to hire a company, it is in your best interest to clean what you can along the way to ensure the safety of everyone on site. 

DIY Post-Construction Cleanup  

So at first glance, doing the post-construction clean up on your own may seem like the cheaper, easier option, but that is not always the case, especially if you have just completed a larger commercial project. 

First off, unless you have experience with proper cleaning protocols for project sites, you may be putting yourself or your contractors at risk. If you have just completed a smaller or residential project, you can most likely get away with doing the cleanup yourself. If that is the case, here are some new construction tips for DIY cleanup:

  • Remove any and all construction debris or remaining materials
  • Focus on stains and spots on the site such as paint and caulking splashes or adhesive residue (use a putty knife)
  • Wipe down windows, glass doors, etc. 
  • Remove any stickers on glass or new appliances
  • Do a final scrub or wash on walls, door frames, baseboards, and ceilings
  • Dust light fixtures with microfiber cloths
  • Sweep, vacuum, mop floors

It’s important to remember that even if you have followed all of the steps and tips of a proper DIY cleanup for a smaller residential project, hard-to-clean fine dust and debris often remains after a project is complete. In this case, you run the risk of having to hire a professional cleaning service after all. 

Hiring A Professional Post-Cleanup Company 

If you decide to hire a professional post-cleanup company, it may seem more pricey at first, but you most likely will save time and money by hiring a trusted commercial cleaning company in the long run. 

Let’s take a look at some of the most important questions when it comes to hiring a professional post-construction cleaning company for your next project:

  • What services do they provide?
  • Do they offer free estimates? (And if so, how long does it take?)
  • Do they offer warranties on their work or are they protected and bonded? (And what does this warranty cover?)

It’s important to choose a company that has experience with post-construction cleanup protocols and who has worked with site managers and contractors in the past. At Coverall, we will work efficiently and effectively to get your new construction in clean, working order.