Just because a building interior is new doesn’t mean it is clean!
Even if the construction teams have tidied up after themselves, the space is usually far from spotless. The construction process leaves behind a significant amount of dirt and detritus that needs to be removed in order to create the right impression with the intended occupant.
For that final pristine wow factor on handover, it isn’t just plaster and brick dust that needs to be removed. Fixtures and fittings will need cleaning and polishing, labels will need to be peeled away, loose screws tightened, waste material swept up and paint spotting removed from floors and other surfaces – the list is endless.
Read our after builders cleaning checklist six top tips below to find out how to ensure your building project is handed over looking its very best after builders have completed their work.
1. Do it Yourself?
NOT RECOMMENDED – A bit like moving home it’s always more work than it looks! Opening any venue is tough enough without adding the stress of cleaning the site too. Get the experts in and have the work done professionally, efficiently and with the minimum of hassle.
A good commercial cleaning company will offer a free site survey and quote so you can easily agree what work needs doing and for how much so no hidden costs.
2. After Build Clean? Sparkle Clean? or Both!
A single after builders clean can be enough but BEWARE as more mess will be created by snagging work. If snagging involves sawing and sanding etc then typically everything will need to be cleaned once again. Professional after builders cleaning companies will survey your site and discuss the build process to understand and recommend the number and level of cleans needed. Get a quote for a two stage ‘Build and Sparkle’ clean just in case, at least you have allowed for worst case in terms of costs.
3. It’s all in the detail
Always asked for a detailed quote, this will make sure there are no misunderstandings on completion. No matter how small the works, reputable cleaners will offer free site surveys to ensure the customer requirements are completely understood.
4. Beware Hazard Ahead
Lots of hazards remain after the builders have left site and not always obvious ones. Nails and discarded materials are usually easily spotted and cleaned up but hidden dangers also exist such as building dust which can cause breathing difficulties.
Make sure the cleaning team are kitted out with the correct personal protective equipment (PPE). If it is still an active building site, they will need to comply with all site safety rules and sit a site induction course. They may also be required to have an appropriate qualification from Construction Skills Certification Scheme such as a green labourer’s card.
After builder’s cleaning can require a lot of specialist kit. High reach equipment such as SkyVacs (think long reach hoovers) make easy work of high-level dust settled on beams and shelves etc. When more detailed cleaning is needed, specialist equipment such as scaffold towers gives direct access to high and hard to reach areas. This type of equipment can only be set up and used by PASMA qualified operatives, make sure your contractors have trained and accredited staff to deliver the highest cleans.
6. Sign Off
When the job is complete take a final walk through with your cleaning company before they leave site. Problems are easily rectified by the cleaning team onsite rather than arranging a return visit. Having a supervisors on every job who can offer sign off is key, with the best companies offering electronic sign off (via iPad etc) which gives a before and after photo report for your records.
For a really thorough clean
Fluid Hygiene’s teams are fully trained to make sure that the after builders cleaning service leaves no stone unturned. Several of Fluid’s senior leadership team have prior experience in the construction industry so they know just what is needed to deliver a top quality result.
Fluid don’t just sweep and mop. With Fluid Hygiene your windows are cleaned, metal fittings are polished, so called ‘invisible’ areas like cupboard interiors are dusted and floors are scrubbed. If necessary Fluid will even clean the carpets and upholstery. In fact, Fluid will do whatever it takes to make sure your building is spotless and your client is happy.