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The Ultimate Post-Construction Cleaning Checklist

post construction cleaning checklist

So, your construction project is finally over—congrats! It’s such a great feeling to see the dust settle, literally and figuratively. But as we all know, with that final hammer strike comes the less glamorous task: cleaning up. As someone who’s just as passionate about a clean home as you are about your new space, we get the thrill of cleaning up a place until it sparkles. That’s why we’ve laid out this easy-to-follow post-construction cleaning checklist to make your new space as welcoming as it is beautiful and to avoid any post-construction cleaning mistakes.

What is a post-construction cleaning checklist?

A post-construction cleaning checklist is your golden ticket to turning that newly built or renovated space into something livable. You’ve wrapped up the construction, high-fived your crew, and now you’re left with dust, debris, and a strong urge to get everything spick-and-span. That’s where this post-construction cleaning checklist comes in!

Imagine you’ve got a room-by-room breakdown covering everything from sweeping to sanitizing. In the living room, you’re not just dusting but wiping down newly installed fixtures. In the kitchen, you’re going deeper—inside cabinets, behind appliances—areas often overlooked but essential. Then there are safety guidelines because a shiny new space is best enjoyed without accidents.

So why trust a post-construction cleaning checklist? In our years of experience, let us tell you, it’s easy to forget the small stuff, like cleaning air vents or sanitizing doorknobs, especially when you’re eager to move in. A detailed post-construction cleaning checklist is your roadmap, ensuring every nook and cranny is noticed.

If done right, following a post-construction cleaning checklist is more than just ticking off to-dos; it’s the final, crucial step in making your dream space a comfortable reality. Trust me, you’ll sleep better in a home that doesn’t just look good but feels clean, too.

Before You Start: Safety First!

Before diving into the cleaning, ensure you have the necessary safety gear. Safety goggles, gloves, and a mask are non-negotiables. If you’re going to use any harsh cleaning chemicals, make sure the space is well-ventilated.

The Must-Have Cleaning Supplies

Equip yourself with the cleaning supplies to get the job done efficiently:

  • Industrial vacuum cleaner

  • Microfiber cloths

  • All-purpose cleaner

  • Glass cleaner

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Mop and bucket

  • Ladders

  • Trash bags

The Checklist: Room-by-Room Breakdown

General Spaces:

  1. Remove All Construction Debris: Start by removing any leftover construction material like nails, screws, or pieces of wood.

  2. Sweep and Vacuum: Use a broom to sweep up the larger debris, and then follow up with an industrial vacuum cleaner to suck up the smaller particles.

  3. Dust Surfaces: Dust all horizontal surfaces, starting from the highest and moving to the lowest, to avoid doubling your work.

  4. Clean Walls: Gently clean the walls with a damp cloth or sponge. Be cautious if the paint is new!

  5. Wipe Down Hard Surfaces: Use a damp cloth and all-purpose cleaner to wipe down doors, mouldings, windowsills, and light fixtures.


  1. Clean Inside Cabinets: Remove any dust or debris from the insides of cabinets and drawers.

  2. Sanitize Countertops and Sinks: Use a non-abrasive cleaner for these sensitive surfaces.

  3. Appliances: Wipe down all new appliances inside and out.


  1. Scrub and Disinfect: Pay special attention to toilets, showers, and sinks.

  2. Mirrors and Glass: Use a good-quality glass cleaner to make these surfaces sparkle.

  3. Floor: Mop the floor, being cautious if the tiles are new.

Bedrooms and Living Areas:

  1. Clean Carpets: If carpets are installed, consider hiring a professional carpet cleaning service.

  2. Windows: Make those newly installed windows shine inside and out.

  3. Sanitize Light Switches and Door Knobs: These are high-touch areas that need attention.


  1. Garage: Sweep the floor and remove any construction debris.

  2. Entrance and Walkway: Make sure the entrance to your home is inviting and clean.

Final Touches

Don’t forget to:

  • Empty and clean trash cans

  • Replace air filters

  • Wipe down all newly installed hardware and fixtures

Trust but Verify

Before calling it a day, double-check your work. Is everything as sparkling clean as you wanted? Trust me, the extra effort will make moving into your new space an even more pleasurable experience.

By the end of this rigorous but rewarding process, your new space will look good and feel habitable, cozy, and, above all, clean. No corner-cutting, no overlooking of minute details—we’ve spent years perfecting the art and science of cleaning, and this post-construction cleaning checklist reflects that expertise.

Keeping an eye on the finer points elevates a good cleaning job to a great one. Stick to this professional post-construction cleaning checklist; you'll cover every corner, making your space look and feel good. Here's to a satisfying, spotless clean!



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