The story goes that a new-hire for the U.S. Forest Service was told by the crew foreman to “Go get the six pack and bring it around front.”
The new guy was a bit bewildered, but he wanted to keep his boss happy – so he quickly ran back to the bunkhouse, grabbed six beers and headed to the front of the ranger station. It was then that he discovered a “six pack” is a slang term for a pickup with a crew cab.
I’ve seen contractors argue over the difference between “post construction cleaning” and “new construction cleaning.” Not wanting to miss out on a discussion about the cleaning trade… here’s my two bits.
What is New Construction Cleaning?
Once the framing, electrical, plumbing, and such are completed and approved, a builder is through with the rough work and ready to start the fine work.
To give the next phase a proper workspace, a cleaning is in order. The cleaner will get rid of the debris from construction, making the site safe and accessible for the rest of the work.
This cleaning is properly called a “new construction cleaning.” It’s also known as “rough cleaning.”
Here is a typical checklist for new construction cleaning:
- Clean all appliances, kitchen sinks, tubs, and toilets
- Remove labels from windows, if they are not still required for inspection
- Remove debris like dust, caulking, paint overspray, adhesives, and trash
- Sweep the interior and dispose of trash
- Wipe down all surfaces
- Clean water heaters and water valve box
- Clean storage areas, utility closets, etc.
What is Post Construction Cleaning?
When the construction project is complete, and before the new residents move in, a detailed cleaning of the home is required. This is the “post construction cleaning.” It can also be called an “in-depth” cleanup.
Once post construction cleaning is complete, the new home is ready for occupancy.
Here’s a typical checklist for post-construction cleaning:
- Clean kitchen cabinets, backsplashes, countertops, shelves, and vanity cabinets
- Vacuum all cabinet tops
- Clean the exterior of kitchen appliances stovetop, oven, fridge, microwave, dishwasher
- Wipe small appliances, like the microwave, toaster, and coffee maker
- Clean the floor
- Clean all mirrors and glass
- Clean all commodes and fixtures carefully
- Clean floors
- Clean showers and tubs
- Dust all surfaces, including window sills, blinds, and ceiling fans
- Sweep and mop the baseboards and floors
- Empty all trashcans
- Clean the walls
- Wipe light switches and doorknobs
- Vacuum carpeted floors
- Clean and wipe the fireplace
- Clean hard floors, staircases, and any upholstery
Post Construction Cleaning vs New Construction Cleaning – Conclusion
Now… after going over this document, you should have a firm grip on which type of construction cleaning you need. One more thing: always make sure the post construction cleaner you choose is licensed, bonded, and insured. The few dollars you save from using an unlicensed, uninsured cleaner puts you at risk to be liable for thousands of dollars… hundreds of thousands.
Here’s the next step: Call Vanessa at (541) 639-1756.
We love to clean, and we especially love getting homes ready for the people who get to inhabit them.