Our Approach to Remodeling Cleanup: Why the Details Matter
Going through a home remodel project is exciting. For most homeowners, the process of cleaning up the workspace is not something that is top-of-mind during the planning or implementation stages of the project. Many people assume that clean-up efforts are little more than simply gathering tools, sweeping out the space and perhaps wiping down a few key surfaces. The team at Owens Construction would like to share the following information in the hopes of educating clients on why cleanup is an essential component of any remodel project, and why our company takes this step so seriously.
Common Construction Cleaning Issues
Each project will come with its own unique set of cleanup needs, but the most common element is dust. Tearing out existing materials, sanding or finishing new building components and simply moving things around in the space will create a great deal of dust. That dust has to go somewhere, and it will create a layer on virtually every nearby surface. Dust management is a critical component to keeping a clean workspace, and our crews begin to control and remove dust from the very first stages of every project.
The Importance of Isolating the Area
One way to contain dust and other potential irritants is by putting up barriers to prevent dust from entering nearby spaces. Plastic sheeting is the most common material used to seal off the area where work is being done, although canvas and other options are sometimes used. By creating a distinct separation between the area being remodeled and the rest of the home, residents can still make use of their space without being exposed to dust or other potentially harmful substances.
How You Can Help
Homeowners can take precautionary measures to help make cleanup easier. Take the time to carefully inspect the area where the work will take place, looking for ways to protect the existing fixtures and finishes before the work crew arrives. If there are blinds on the windows, pull them up and cover them with plastic for the duration of the product. If there are intricate light fixtures that could get dusty or grimy, consider covering those, as well. Finally, remove as much of the furniture and decorative items from the room as possible. This will not only make things easier on the workers who will use this space, it can also prevent the buildup of dust or dirt.
The Right Tool for the Job
Once your remodel project is complete, most people want to give the space a final once-over to make sure that all dust and debris has been removed. If there are any surfaces that require special care, be sure to purchase the proper cleaning solvents or products for the job at hand. Not all cleaning materials are created equally, and using the wrong substance can damage finishes or lead to more dust and dirt accumulation.
At Owens Construction, we get excited about each remodeling project that we take on. We would love to discuss your next project with you to get started!