Post-Construction Cleaning Guide

You’ve finally let out some sigh after doing all the construction work on your client’s property. But you may want to hold that sigh because there’s still a lot of work to do. You still have to clean all the construction mess before turning over the keys to your client. Whether you’ve constructed a newly created property or a renovated house, the post-construction mess will be your accountability. Don’t worry; you don’t have to do a detailed cleaning. 

In this article, we will discuss the things you should clean after the construction part and the phases of your cleaning requirement to ensure your client’s property is spotless. 

What Should You Clean After the Construction?

As mentioned, you don’t have to do a detailed cleaning on your client’s property. However, you still need to ensure that the property is presentable and debris-free. Here are some of the things you should do when cleaning the property: 

  • Walls – Ensure that they’re free from marks, dirt, and smudges.
  • Windows and Frames – Power wash all the windows to remove any paint or dust.
  • Furniture, Door, and Windows – Make sure to remove all the plastic/stickers. 
  • Floors – Remove all the debris, especially on edges and corners.
  • Appliances, Cabinets, and Shelves – Ensure that they’re clear from the inside and out. 
  • Surfaces – Vacuum clean the surfaces of the property. 
  • Trash – Dispose of the trash and debris properly. 
  • Trims – Clean the trims.
  • Threshold – Clean the threshold.
  • Safety Check – Double-check any safety issues, loose wires, and leaks, and then address them immediately.
  • Last Look – Detail-check everything, including the space, corners, and inner surfaces

To do all these cleaning requirements, here’s a simple guide on how you can carry out the cleaning process: 

  1. Start with a Rough Cleaning

Right after you’ve done all the construction work and installation process, including electric works, plumbing, and framing, you can start with a rough cleaning first. Rough cleaning includes removing all large items from your construction work, including debris, trash, leftover materials, and other materials that can’t be cleaned using a vacuum. You should also remove the plastics and stickers from the furniture, door, and windows. Basically, rough cleaning is the removal of construction things that shouldn’t be on the property. 

  1. Follow with a Light Cleaning

Light cleaning doesn’t exactly mean that the cleaning process will be lightweight because this phase is where all the cleaning work gets serious. You may need to clean equipment and tools after removing all the things in the property because you have to clean the whole house from top to bottom thoroughly. You should pay attention to every area and most inner surfaces to ensure that they will be spotless and free of dirt. 

  1. Finish with a Final Cleaning

The final cleaning will be just a touch-up of all the cleaning that has been done. Typically, the final cleaning is done days after the light cleaning to remove any dirt or dust residue. It’s the phase where the smudges, fingerprints, and other imperfections are removed. 


As a contractor, part of your job is to ensure that the house is clean before showing the construction work to your client. After all, they might not appreciate your work if what they can see is a pile of mess. We know you already have a lot on your plate, so take the cleaning off your list and hire a professional cleaning service instead. 

If you need help in post-construction cleaning, Queen Bee Cleaning Services is here to help! We are Seattle’s best house cleaning and Airbnb cleaning service, offering after-construction cleaning services. If you don’t want to worry about cleaning your client’s property, contact us today! 

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