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3 Tips For Post Construction Cleaning Projects

So here you are, the construction contractors have moved out, and it’s time to clean. Dust, dirt, chunks of drywall and dirty window seals mount a mighty offensive against your team of cleaners. What can help you take down this task in a safe, professional and efficient way? Here are three tips for post construction cleaning services to help make your project a success!

1.  Safety First

Post construction cleanings are different from other types of cleaning in many ways. One of the biggest differences is they can have hazards not found at a typical client site. For example, power tools, carts, ladders, and lifts may be found on site. You may even have active construction nearby. It’s not hard to imagine how some of these can become a hazard to an unsuspecting cleaner. Thus, just like the construction project, the cleaning job must be completed in a safe manner.

It’s vital to become acquainted with the site before you bring in the entire cleaning crew. Inform your cleaning team about objects and equipment that may have been left behind. Instruct how to deal with them. Feel free to talk to any other contractors you may run into on-site. Chances are they can tell you about specifics you need to look out for.

Also, ensure you comply with the personal protection gear requirements of the construction site.  Protective eyewear, hard hats, foot protection and the like may be required.  In addition, ensure that your cleaning team wears appropriate company labeled uniforms.  This can greatly benefit nighttime security and rapid identification.

Finally, your company must have a written safety manual in place.  In addition, train your employees to it. The safety manual should offer direct guidance on construction sites, construction cleaning, and how to remain safe at all times.

2.  Supplies and Equipment 

Do you have standard vacuums you use at typical office cleaning settings?  Well, don’t bring them here! Post construction cleanings can be taxing on equipment.  If you bring your office vacuum to a construction cleaning site, it may become hundreds of dollars worth of broken parts and plastic. It’s important to invest in industrial-grade equipment. Large and powerful shop vacs handle chunks of drywall and obnoxious amounts of dust much better than standard equipment.  Furthermore, utilize an auto-scrub machine for large floor areas.  It can greatly increase productivity.

You also will want to ensure the project has an abundance of well-planned cleaning supplies. Everything from rags to your choice of cleaning agents should be well stocked. Don’t underestimate how quickly a post construction site can deplete cleaning supplies.  Having to travel back and forth to supply vendors can be costly and frustrating to cleaning staff that is poised to deliver.

Finally, ensure you maintain a strick inventory of your supplies and equipment.  Construction sites are notorious for other onsite contractors to borrow neighbor supplies and not return them.  This can quickly turn into reduced margins, lost productivity, and reduced quality of construction cleaning service delivery.  Having an approved area in the building where your supplies and equipment can be staged and locked is highly recommended.

3.  Use a Phased Approach

In our tips for post construction cleaning discussion – let’s dig into the details of a phased approach. When it comes to phased approach cleaning – what does this really mean? A phased approach is a method of cleaning that takes larger tasks and breaks them down into smaller manageable chunks.  Furthermore, no matter how well you clean during the first phases at a construction site, dust will settle, and this dust must be removed for the space to be business-ready.  Thus, the only option is to allow time to pass to allow this dust to settle and then be cleaned between phases.

Consider these contrasting examples:

Example 1

You enter a construction site and tell your cleaning team everything that must be accomplished as a whole. ‘Team A’ does as instructed.  Also, Team-B does as instructed.  They all start cleaning to the best of their ability.  However, some parts of the building are cleaned better than others.  You miss some areas.  Settling dust seems to never end.

Example 2

You walk into a site and break things down in an organized phased approach.  You’ve staged supplies well.  Each team has a lead that can offer light instruction, quick training, and quality checks.

Furthermore, each team understands exactly what phase is commencing and what specific tasks are required.  In addition, they understand exactly what area of the building they are cleaning and how they will be measured for success.  Finally, they understand relative timeline requirements to accomplish tasks assigned.

You now have an organized team. They understand each phase requirement.  A sense of progressive accomplishment is in place. They have a clear endpoint for each cleaning step. Spirits remain positive, progress is actively observed, and quality remains at a high level.

Thus, which example might you choose in your next post construction cleaning project?  We recommend example two!  We hope these tips for post construction cleaning will prove helpful.

Foreman Pro Cleaning, LLC – Post Construction Cleaning Excellence!

In conclusion, might you need help from a cleaning company that will handle your post-construction cleaning in a professional, safety-conscious way? You can count on Foreman Pro Cleaning to show up organized and with the right tools and safety processes for the project.  Contact Us today, and we’ll get to work on your free estimate!

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