The construction industry is big and messy. Even the smallest construction site can end up with a large, daunting mess that needs to be cleaned up. To efficiently and effectively clean a construction site, follow this simple checklist to make sure nothing remains. This checklist is a great tool for not only small homeowner-set remodeling jobs, but it is also a valuable tool for the commercial cleaner who is hired to clean a large-scale commercial mess.
Start with general cleaning first. In homes, buildings, etc. of new construction. Clean and scrub walls, ceilings, any installed appliances, trim, baseboards, doors, shelves, windows, etc. Also be sure to dust well, as the act of construction will build up reserves of dust in any nooks and crannies it can. If this dust is allowed to continue to accumulate, it can be detrimental to general health if left unchecked. Check the top and bottom of the doors, the hinges for dirt, leftover paint chips and be sure to remove it. If there is interior masonry at the construction site, make sure it is properly cleaned before proceeding. Vacuum or sweep carpets, hardwoods, or tile floors, respectively, making sure to remove any accidental paint splatters or any marks of wear and tear. Clean faucets and knobs, as well as electrical switches. Then a final item to check off your general cleaning list is to remove and dispose of the junk.
For other areas of construction sites, such as entrances, exits and kitchens, special cleaning care is necessary. For all exits and entrances, pay special attention to cleaning the doors and hinges properly so that everything closes the way it is designed to. For the exterior doors of a building or a house that has a porch or deck, bar and clean them accordingly. Also included in a construction site exterior cleaning checklist is pressure washing those areas, as well as driveway and garage spaces. If the construction site includes an outdoor patio, power wash that site as well.
Kitchen construction cleaning requires all items on the general construction site cleaning checklist, but requires that you take note of some special areas to clean unique to the kitchen space. Clean all kitchen appliances inside and out, that is, stove, refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, etc. Check around appliances as far as they stick to the wall or countertops to see if you need to remove excess caulk or clean up any leftover dust residue. Also, if the appliances are new, be sure to remove any plastic packaging or labels.
This is a very basic cleaning checklist, so it should not be used as a standard cleaning checklist or even unique to a construction site. But the items mentioned in this list will leave you with a house or building considerably cleaner and more visually pleasing than the one you saw before you started cleaning. Still, a more professional checklist or company might need to help you officially clean up a construction site.