Once you finish construction in the office, it feels like a huge load has been lifted. However, the job does not end there.
You must see that you have a proper post-construction clean-up session that will help bring the rest of the office back to life. To get you started, here are six cleaning tips after office construction that you should do:
- Wear protective gear
Before cleaning, we always advise our clients at Maid Sailors Commercial Cleaning Service New York to wear protective gear.
Since your office has just gone through construction, there may still be debris and other hazards. Even if you’ve cleared out the larger construction debris, there may still be dangerous debris in there that can be harmful.
However, wearing a PPE suit might be too much of an investment for a one-time post-construction clean-up. Instead, what you can do is hire a professional office cleaner who knows their way around post-construction clean-up. That way, you won’t have to spend a fortune on protective gears as they likely have one.
- Vacuum your upholstery
If you haven’t removed any upholstery or office furniture pieces, make sure that you thoroughly clean them. Even furniture outside of the construction zone might still have accumulated dust and debris from the construction.
In this case, a vacuum is a valuable tool for ensuring that all of your upholstery is clean and dust-free before using them.
Aside from the large furniture pieces, make sure to look through and vacuum the carpets and the curtains. That way, any residual dust won’t trigger any person’s allergies or even make people irritated by them.
- Don’t forget to ventilate
A common post-construction clean-up mistake that companies make would be forgetting to ventilate the area. They fail to clean the ventilation system, either.
It would be much better for you to start opening up the under-construction location when you’re cleaning. That can help ease the work that your ventilation system is doing as well.
Aside from that, you should make sure to clean your ventilation system as well. Since particles and construction debris will be present, your ventilation system would have been hard at work. It would be working a lot harder than it usually would and filter a larger volume than it usually would.
With that said, the air filters might need to be replaced or cleaned to ensure that your ventilation system is as efficient as possible.
- Use a microfiber cloth
When you’re cleaning away some of the dust around the house, it will be a lot easier to use a microfiber cloth to help pick up the finer dust particles.
You should dampen the microfiber cloth when wiping away dust. Otherwise, a dry microfiber cloth can sweep away the dust from surfaces instead of picking them up to get rid of them.
On the other hand, soaking your microfiber cloth too much could turn the dust into muddy dirt. This can stick on walls and will be more challenging to remove. Therefore, you should make sure that you wrung out the cloth first before you use it to wipe the surfaces.
- Run an air purifier
Before letting your employees into the office, make sure that you run an air purifier on high throughout the day first. You’re going to frequently change or wash the air filters of the air purifier during this period. Still, the help of an air purifier is valuable in keeping the breathable air as clean as possible before welcoming people into it.
The standard air purifiers won’t suffice for a post-construction state. Therefore, make sure that you have air purifiers that are best for post-construction. This is to ensure that you efficiently and effectively cleanse the air around the office.
- Do pressure washing
If you also had an external office construction, consider a pressure washing session to make it cleaner.
Using a pressure washer to clean your office’s exterior walls will be more convenient instead of having to wipe down these surfaces manually. For one, the water pressure softens whatever debris you have to clean. Second, the water can seep into every nook and cranny of your office’s exterior walls.
However, you can’t use pressure washers indoors since indoor fixtures can get damaged by the pressure washer. Also, make sure to avoid using pressure washers on places like the windows and doors. These areas can’t survive the same pressure that your walls might have, so be extra careful when cleaning in these areas.
Better yet, consider hiring a professional pressure washer since they’ll know which areas to avoid, and they may be more efficient at it than you will.
The tips listed above can help make your office pristine and safer for employees to come back to after construction. By ensuring that your post-construction clean-up is efficient, you confirm that your office is as healthy and clean as possible.