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Post construction cleaning: tricks to clean without suffering or damaging anything

Post construction cleaning: tricks to clean without suffering or damaging anything

Finished work, phew! But with an unobtrusive layer of dust, remnants of mortar on the floor, in short, scary scenery. It's a sign that you need to start post-cleaning to finally move to the much-desired new home.

Another marathon? It does not have to be that way. Whether with the help of family, friends, cleaners or alone, following a few simple recommendations, the work gets lighter and faster. And more: no unwanted side effects like stains on new materials. Look:

From inside to outside
Cleanliness has the right path: from the inside out. Are there two floors? Clean the top floor first. With suite? First the bathroom. The principle is more or less as follows: you will not step back where it is already clean.


No water
Do the dry cleaning first. This powder is different from the routine at home. There is plaster, which with water turns a pebble. It has brick dust that if wet leaves staining everything of orange. Cement powder that with water sticks at all. That is, it is best to just start cleaning with water after you have done all the dry cleaning.

Yes: after a hair broom, you can use a vacuum cleaner, of course! But warning: bring several bags of the spare vacuum cleaner, okay? Do not get caught off guard.


Be kind
Pass away from abrasives! Bucha only the blue one that is sold in supermarkets even, not to scratch teflon. Steel straw, only if it is of stainless steel and specific not to scratch; even so, there are uncurable surfaces. Use only cotton cloths, and in this case dispense the flannel and colored cloths; for dust the best are those of electrostatic microfiber. Spatula only nylon or even plastic, the metal ones are for before painting, then no. And nothing soapy, even liquids!


It's worth the same rule of dusting first. It seems not, but they are also beaten by dirt. Use dry cloth or those electrostatic mops. Only after this process the use of white cotton cloth and glass cleaner with ammonia spray is released. It is fast and very clean.


It is common for sanitary ware to have protective papers glued, like craft. It is best to soak well to soften and carefully remove with a plastic spatula, please. The metal scrapes the dishes and it is best to dispense the steel wool. If you still need reinforcement to take smaller pieces, use the blue bushing with hot water and be sure to wear gloves throughout the process.


Flat, but essential: open all drains and siphons inside and outside the house. In the first weeks of living in the new house it is common that there are clogs, due to the sand scraps, hardened mortar and other unimaginable materials left by the numerous professionals who have attended the work in recent weeks.


To get debris from cement on the floors, muriatic acid, right? None of this! Run away from that solution. To remove the remains of cement, the acid needs to be well concentrated, which is detrimental to the health of the implement and to the floor as well.

The most correct is to protect the floor with cardboard as soon as it receives the grout which is not to have cement glued on it afterwards. It can be simple open supermarket boxes or that corrugated cardboard that is sold in rolls at paint shops. But if it is even inevitable, invest in the spatulas and exercise your patience.


Various materials come from the factory with papers and protective plastics glued with various adhesives. When you take it, that stick is hard to remove, is not it? These glues come out with oils. From baby almond oil to cooking soybean oil. Use a coarser cloth or blue bush and go past it with persistence, but without force. This process helps to loosen the entire adhesive without major difficulties. Then wash with degreaser (it may even be dishwashing detergent) and that's it.


Stainless steel
If you have material in your house that can not see anything abrasive from afar, that's it! He noticed how it shines when it's new, but wherever we go, stainless steel is frosted? Avoid products that are abrasive, from saponaceous (even liquids!) To rough cloths, bushings and, worse, steel straws. Be gentle with your stainless steel and it will shine for a long time.

Even if it is very dirty, start gently and repeat as many times as necessary. Start with water and mild detergent, neutral or ammonia based remover, diluted in warm (never very hot) water. A secret not to stain is to dry well at the end with a soft cloth or soft paper towel.

If the work has overreacted its brand new stainless steel and none of this is advancing, do not appeal to the soapy or polishers, and do not invent! Before you further ruin your beautiful (and expensive) stainless steel sink, go for professional products. A great product is Quimatic's Stainless-Steel Cleaner (there are other brands!). In this video you can see the procedure for the gel version, which is safer because it does not drain.


Pressure water
Will you use a pressure washer (popularly known as Wap)? Great idea! With one caveat: in constructions of houses, the builder hardly expects the healing time recommended by the manufacturers of the grouts, which can reach 20 days. So be very careful with pressure water in grouts that have been applied for less than a month, otherwise you can quit everything and you will have to apply all the grout again, wait again and clean again. Avoid headaches!

Despite being a post-work cleaner, did you see how it does not have to be that heavy? The most precious tip that is left is to try as hard as possible to not attack your home, no matter how dirty it is.

By putting these tips into practice, I guarantee that cleaning will be easier and more efficient than you imagined!

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