There are a lot of ways you can easily redesign or refit your home to create a more appealing environment. From a new paint job to installing new flooring, it’s easy to create a space you’re proud of and can truly call home. However, even the most minor construction projects can create a lot of dust and mess, which can in turn damage your existing furnishings.
One of the easiest ways to give your kitchen a whole new look and feel is to tear out your old, outdated kitchen cupboards and either refinish them or replace them. Since you’re at it, you may want to paint the walls while their empty. However, if you’re not planning on replacing your countertops, it’s vital that you take steps to protect and clean them properly to prevent them from being scratched or getting covered in paint.
Protect Your Surfaces
Before starting any DIY construction project, it’s important that you cover any existing surfaces or furnishings that will remain, such as counters, appliances, floors, etc. You can buy sheets of thicker plastic, or simply use garbage bags, cardboard, or blankets. Keep everything covered from beginning until you’re entirely finished with the project and if you use plastic, make sure to fix and rips or tears to prevent dirt from being trapped underneath and scratching your expensive countertop.
The Final Clean-up
If there’s one thing that you absolutely cannot be without when it comes to cleaning up your construction mess it’s a good vacuum with an efficient air filter. Although your covering should help prevent most dirt from coming into contact with your countertops, floors furniture, etc., you’ll invariably still need to give all of these surfaces a cleaning after you uncover them. Not only that, but you’ll also want to clean all of your new cabinets or other surfaces as well.
The problem is that if you try to use a cloth or a brush and dustpan for this task, there’s a huge chance that this will lead to scratches or other damage thanks to the debris. These methods also tend to stir up a lot of dust, clouding the air and eventually settling back in place and forcing you to do it all over again.
If you happen to have an upright vacuum, you’ll probably want to invest in either a cylinder model, or better yet a handheld vacuum cleaner to help with cleaning up the new cupboards, drawers and other hard to reach places. When cleaning counters, wood, tile and other easily damageable surfaces, it’s a good idea to use a soft bristle brush attachment. You also need to make sure your vacuum has a good filtration system that can trap in all the dust and particles.
No matter how many precautions you take and how careful you try to be, construction always creates more of a mess than you’d think, but by taking these simple steps, you can make sure that mess doesn’t lead to a more permanent blemish on your otherwise fantastic new furnishings.