There are two basic reasons for remodeling a home — either it’s in need of a remodel or you simply want to alter the layout to better accommodate your preferences. No matter your reason for doing a remodel, though, you can rest assured that things are going to get messy.
The good news, however, is that just because the remodeling area is a little messy doesn’t mean the rest of your house has to be. And even better is that the remodeling area itself doesn’t have to stay extremely cluttered and dirty as long as it gets cleaned on a daily basis. Here’s a closer look at how you can keep your home clean during a remodel.
Sweep the Area Each Day
One of the simplest ways to keep your home clean, including the remodel area, is by sweeping or vacuuming the area each day. The only reason you wouldn’t want to sweep or vacuum is if the remodeling area has freshly been painted, sealed or new drywall has been hung. You wouldn’t want any of the dust to interfere with the drying process.
Keep the Furniture Covered
If you are completing a major remodel, you’ll likely want to cover any furniture in the room or remove it. If you choose to cover it, make sure to vacuum it once you remove the plastic covering after the remodel is over.
If you’re doing a remodel in your bedroom, it’s usually best to completely remove your mattresses so dust doesn’t settle into them during the remodel process. It may seem odd sleeping in a different part of the house, but keep in mind that the remodel is only temporary.
Clean the Windows
In addition to the floors and furniture, you’ll also want to make sure the windows stay clean during the remodel. Otherwise, you’ll end up with windows that have tons of grime, dust and dirt on them that is incredibly difficult to remove. A daily, quick wipe down of the windows in the remodeling area should have them looking spotless and sparkling clean once the remodel is over.
Don’t Overlook the Vents
Before you start remodeling, make sure to cover the heating and cooling vents in the rooms where the remodel is to take place. There is much debris that can fall into these events, including nails and screws. These items can cause damage to your HVAC unit, which can easily be avoided by simply covering the vents. After the remodel is over, uncover the vents and take a vacuum to them to ensure they are as clean as possible.
Also, make sure that all air filters have been replaced before turning your HVAC system back on. Without a filter, damage is sure to occur.
Clean the Light Fixtures and Appliances
Lastly, you’ll want to wipe down any light fixtures and appliances each day during the remodel. For appliances that have fans on them, such as a refrigerator, make sure to unplug them when dust and debris are heavy.