How to refurbish without making a mess
Like a kid at Christmas, you excitedly prepare for renovations and DIYs in your home. After all, they take you one step closer to living in your dream house! But, it can be easy to overlook the planning, preparation, and protection that will impact your home during and after any renovation — big or small.
Here are some tips to help you minimise mess and damage when before the refurbishing gets underway.
How to minimise mess when renovating
1. Prep and protect
Before anything gets underway, do your homework. If you are hiring contractors, discuss what is included in terms of the protection and cleanup of your home. Flooring shouldn’t ever be scratched, but it may be left sticky or dusty if cleaning was not in the agreement. Plan ahead on how long the project will take — will you need to move out or go without running water for any amount of time?
And if you’re DIYing, do a quick inventory. Do you have all the right tools? Will you need a pair of extra hands?
2. Clear the area
Renovations — even small ones — can leave your home looking like a bomb site. Dust, grime, and paint splatter get surprisingly out of hand. Clear the area of furniture, things hanging on the wall, textiles, and other decorations as much as possible to protect them. It’s also more comfortable to work in a (nearly) empty room.
3. Take cover: dust sheets
Keep the high-traffic areas of your home cleaner during the renovation by laying a protective covering on the floor. Laying continuous paper, tarp, carpet scraps, or old planks should reduce the amount of dirt tracked into the rest of your home.
4. Masking tape
If you’re painting, masking tape is a handy material to protect door frames and skirting board. For other renovations, applying masking tape to the gaps between doors and the floor will keep dust at bay. Trust us. Tape up your closet to save you from having to wash your entire wardrobe because it got dusty!
5. Reduce mud tracked in
Keep the high-traffic areas of your home cleaner during the renovation by laying a protective covering on the floor. Laying continuous paper, tarp, carpet scraps or old planks should reduce the amount of dirt tracked into the rest of your home.
6. Daily clean up routine
After a hard day’s work, cleaning might feel like the last thing you want to do. But making a daily clean up routine can minimise the spread of grime and dust in the rest of your home and help the air quality. You may need to vacuum, clear debris, and wipe down surfaces. Even if the contractors have done some of these tasks, it’s a good idea to take it into your own hands. After all, you’re sleeping there!
7. Consider hiring a professional
Even if you’re a pro at cleaning your home, hiring professional cleaners after the builders have left the building can save you time and energy. Having a specialised service clean any trace of renovation from your home can actually make it easier to enjoy the results! But if you decide to clean up yourself, don’t worry. Ask Team Clean is here to help wherever we can!