No matter how prepared you may be, after any sort of building and construction work, it will be dirty. Dust will collect, even if you cover the floors and furniture in plastic sheeting. Dust particles will have found their way into every nook and cranny. Before you can finish working, you need to ensure that all dust has been dealt with. This will help prevent the dust from clogging up air vents. Dust can cause potential health problems, such as asthma or even lung cancer, so cleaning is essential.
How To Get Dust Out of the Air
Dust can cause many respiratory problems. Builders need to know how to reduce the amount of dust in the air after a project. To help tackle this, builders can use air purifiers, air scrubbers, and blowers to draw in any dust post-construction. These can then remove the dust from the area, leaving the air fresh and clean. They trap the dust particles in their filters while pumping in fresh air from the outdoors. Remember to clean and change these filters, otherwise, they may get clogged and stop working.
Other simple steps that someone can take to remove dust from the air:
- Open all windows and doors – the fresh air will enter the new build, whilst the dust is taken out of the construction.
- Avoid sweeping with a brush or feather duster, as this encourages the dust to enter the atmosphere.
- Tackle any difficult or high up fixtures or areas dust may collect that you won’t initially think of. E.g., ceiling fans, light fixtures, any beams, or indoor accessories.
Dry dusting is always recommended, however, sometimes a microfibre damp towel can be used.
How To Clean Dust from Wooden Floors
Cleaning the floor is an essential step when builders have finished with a new build. Dirt and dust will fall onto the floor as you move things around. Therefore, you want to leave it till last, so you won’t have to repeat a job.
- Go over every surface with a damp cloth to ensure all dust and dirt is knocked to the ground – repeat this step for even better results.
- It is always best to vacuum the floors before using any form of mop and detergent. This will be even more effective if your vacuum has a strong filter.
- Now, using a product specifically designed for flooring, mop thoroughly and leave it to soak in. Think of a detergent that will prevent scuffs and scratches to the wood, extending its life.
- Wipe down all skirting boards.
How To Clean Plaster Dust from Your Home
Plaster dust can collect throughout a construction project. To deal with this mess, you need to create a system to cover every aspect of the house. First of all, you need protective goggles and a mask. Plaster dust can be toxic and cause breathing difficulties.
To tackle this job, you will need:
- Wet and dry vacuum
- A mop (preferably a dust mop)
- Dust mop treatment
- First thing you need to do is remove all the larger pieces of plaster. Use the broom to sweep them up.
- Use your wet and dry vacuum to go over your floors. Check the filters regularly to ensure that the dust isn’t collecting. Clean the filters as you go. You can also use the vacuum for your skirting boards, window sills, and other surfaces the dust may have fallen.
- Start mopping. Use your dust mop treatment and spray the microfibre of the mop and start wiping the floor.
If you have hardwood surfaces, there is a chance the plaster has left a stain. This can also happen on tiles. To deal with this, you need:
- Soap and water
- If the plaster hasn’t hardened yet, try using a damp sponge in the soapy water and rubbing gently at the stain.
- On your hardwood surfaces, if the plaster has hardened, use a non-abrasive sponge and degreasing solution to scrub at the stain (ensure you’re wearing gloves for this step).
- For tiles, use a cloth and warm water to soak the stain, and then use a sponge to scrub it off.
- If the stain remains on your hardwood surfaces, you can try using sandpaper. Be careful when using this, as it can cause some damage. As you go, wipe up any plaster dust using a damp cloth to prevent the dust from spreading further.
Removing the plaster dust can be tricky and tedious. You may need to repeat a few steps to fully clear your home of all the dust.
Contact Us For A Dust Free Builders Clean
Following these processes should help your new construction be fresh and clean after the building work has finished. If in doubt, you can always look to hire professional after builders cleaners who will be trained to the highest standards. They will also know the best detergents and products to use, as well as have the correct protective equipment. A professional service guarantees a dust-free site after construction.