Top Tips For Cleaning Up After A Major Bathroom Renovation

Hey there, home renovators! If you’ve recently completed a bathroom renovation project, congratulations are definitely in order. Amidst the plumbing puzzles, design dilemmas, and DIY adventures, you've conquered chaos and embraced creativity to give your bathroom a stunning makeover. But wait...hold your bathroom brushes! The battle is far from over. Now comes the "not-so-fun" part: the post-renovation cleanup. Before you can enjoy your brand-new bathroom, the tedious task of getting rid of dust, leftover renovation materials and debris awaits. 

 

Feeling a little overwhelmed and not quite sure where to start? Fret not. Today, we share 7 top tips for cleaning up after a major bathroom renovation. So, grab your cleaning gear, crank up the volume on your victory playlist, and let the battle of the bathroom blitz begin! 

 

1. Consider A Professional Service

If you are looking for a truly quick and easy solution when it comes to cleaning up after your major bathroom renovation, one of the best things you can do is make use of a professional cleaning or waste removal service. There are dozens of construction waste management and removal experts that specialise in renovation clearouts, allowing you to savour the satisfaction of your beautiful new bathroom without lifting a finger. Handing over the cleanup duties to professionals not only saves you time and effort but also ensures that every nook and cranny of your bathroom will receive the attention it deserves. Those hard-to-reach corners? They won't stand a chance against the skilled hands and specialised tools of the pros.


Not to mention, professional waste management and removal experts are also highly trained in handling hazardous construction waste, and they are able to follow environmentally responsible practices for its disposal. So, as you wrap up your bathroom renovation and watch your vision come to life, enjoy the peace of mind that comes with leaving waste management to the experts. 

 

2. Gather Your Tools 

If you’d rather tackle the post-renovation clean-up yourself, it is essential to ensure that you are equipped with tools for the job. Having the right tools at your disposal can make the task much more efficient and effective and we recommend getting your hands on the following:  

  • Broom and Dustpan: A sturdy broom and dustpan are your first line of defence against the mess left behind after the renovation. They are perfect for sweeping up larger particles, such as wood shavings, drywall dust, and other loose materials.
  • A Powerful Vacuum Cleaner: A powerful vacuum cleaner with various attachments is a must-have for cleaning up finer particles like dust and small debris. If you don’t have a vacuum cleaner, consider renting a wet/dry shop vac at your local hardware store. 
  • Mop and Bucket: To get your brand new bathroom tiles sparkling clean, a good mop and bucket are essential. Choose a mop that is suitable for your type of flooring – microfiber mops are excellent for most surfaces. Pair it with a non-toxic floor cleaner to avoid harsh chemicals and potential damage to newly renovated surfaces.
  • Glass Cleaner and Microfiber Cloths: For a stunningly streak-free shine on mirrors and glass surfaces, grab a reliable glass cleaner and microfiber cloth. The last thing you want is to bear witness to unsightly fingerprints or marks on your brand-new shower screen and mirrors, and these inexpensive yet effective tools will ensure you’re able to admire your own reflection without smudges or streaks!  
  • Rubbish Bags: Don't forget the trusty rubbish bags to dispose of all the waste generated during the cleanup. We recommend opting for heavy-duty bags to prevent any unfortunate mishaps during the disposal process.
  • Rubber Gloves and Safety Goggles: Last but not least, safety first! Be sure to invest in some rubber gloves, safety goggles and masks to protect yourself from dust, debris and cleaning agents.

3. Get Your Sweep On 

Once you’ve acquired all your post-renovation cleaning tools, it’s time to kickstart the process by getting your sweep on. First, ensure that your space is free from large debris or loose building materials that might impede your sweeping efforts. Recycle whatever you can, and say goodbye to the rest. If you find that you have an excess of construction waste, consider hiring a skip bin for efficient disposal. 


Now, grab your trusty broom and dustpan, and begin sweeping from the farthest corner of the bathroom, working your way towards the exit. As you sweep with purpose and precision, you'll marvel at how quickly your bathroom transforms from a post-renovation battleground to a clean and clear canvas. While you’re sweeping, keep an eye out for any leftover nails, screws, or other sharp objects that may have escaped your attention. These can pose safety hazards, so it's essential to remove them promptly to avoid any nasty accidents.

 

4. Dust Fixtures, Fittings and Surfaces

Once the coast is clear, it’s time to swap that broom out for a microfiber cloth and get down to work. Begin from the top and work your way down, banishing dust from light fittings, ceiling fans, door frames, shower grates, and every other nook and cranny. 


In most instances, all you will need aside from your microfiber cloth is water, but feel free to utilise some all-purpose cleaner for an extra shine. Remember — dusting doesn’t have to be a tedious chore. Consider putting on your favourite playlist while you clean, and watch as time just flies! 


Learn how to dust like a pro here

 

With dusting out of the way, you now have time to focus on the small details that will take your cleaning routine from amateur to pro. To begin, equip your vacuum cleaner with the appropriate attachments, such as the crevice tool and/or the brush attachment. These tools are your secret weapons for reaching those tight spaces that are notorious for accumulating dust, like the areas behind the vanity and toilet to the corners near the shower or bathtub. Don’t forget to pay special attention to the nooks and crannies around and beneath your bathroom fixtures too. Slide your vacuum under the sink and vanity, ensuring even the most hidden spaces are left sparkling clean. 


Once you’ve tackled the hidden corners, it’s time to level up your game with the floor head. Grab your vacuum and glide through your bathroom with a slow and meticulous approach. You’ll notice that dust has settled after cleaning your fixtures, fittings and tabletops, and this step ensures that any lingering dust is no match for your cleaning prowess! Depending on the scope of your renovation project, this may require one or two passes to completely eliminate all the dust in your bathroom. And remember – slow and steady wins the race! 

 

5. Vacuum Nooks, Crannies and Corners

With dusting out of the way, you now have time to focus on the small details that will take your cleaning routine from amateur to pro. To begin, equip your vacuum cleaner with the appropriate attachments, such as the crevice tool and/or the brush attachment. These tools are your secret weapons for reaching those tight spaces that are notorious for accumulating dust, like the areas behind the vanity and toilet to the corners near the shower or bathtub. Don’t forget to pay special attention to the nooks and crannies around and beneath your bathroom fixtures too. Slide your vacuum under the sink and vanity, ensuring even the most hidden spaces are left sparkling clean. 


Once you’ve tackled the hidden corners, it’s time to level up your game with the floor head. Grab your vacuum and glide through your bathroom with a slow and meticulous approach. You’ll notice that dust has settled after cleaning your fixtures, fittings and tabletops, and this step ensures that any lingering dust is no match for your cleaning prowess! Depending on the scope of your renovation project, this may require one or two passes to completely eliminate all the dust in your bathroom. And remember – slow and steady wins the race! 

 

6. Masterful Mopping 

Once the dust has been banished and surfaces gleam, it's time to embark on a journey of masterful mopping. Fortunately, this task isn’t anything you’re not already used to — all you need is a reasonably big mop bucket, a decent microfiber mop and some floor cleaner to ensure those tiles sparkle! 

 

Some tips for masterful mopping include:

  1. Mopping from the farthest corner and working your way towards the exit. This way, you won't step on freshly cleaned areas.
  2. Using smooth, methodical strokes to cover the floor evenly. Focus on high-traffic areas and spots near fixtures.
  3. Rinsing the mop regularly and wringing it out thoroughly to avoid spreading dirt around.
  4. Apply a bit more pressure for tough stains or grime while mopping, or try spot-cleaning with a cloth.

7. Don’t Forget Your Air Vents and Bathroom Fans

Last but not least, the final stage in your post-renovation bathroom clean-up is ensuring that your air vents and bathroom fans are clean. These often-forgotten areas are essentially dust magnets, accumulating debris throughout the entire renovation process. But fear not, for with a little attention to detail, you can ensure your indoor air stays fresh and healthy. 


Start by inspecting the air vents and exhaust fans without your bathroom. You'll likely find a build-up of dust, dirt, and construction particles clinging to the surfaces. Using a vacuum cleaner with an appropriate attachment, vacuum the vents and fans, removing the unwanted build-up. For those hard-to-reach areas, consider using a long, flexible brush or a handheld duster to ensure thorough cleaning. Once you’re done vacuuming, give your vents and fans a quick wipe once over with a damp microfiber cloth. 

 

Enjoy The Fruits Of Your Labour 

Once you’ve completed steps 1-7, it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Now is the ideal time to treat yourself to a long, luxurious bath or a pampering spa night in your newly renovated bathroom — you've earned it, and your new bathroom is the perfect oasis for self-care and relaxation. Treat yourself to a glass of bubbly and give yourself a pat on the back, for you are now a post-renovation clean-up maestro!


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And there you have it — everything you need to know to tackle your post-renovation bathroom clean-up like a true pro. By following these top tips, you'll not only have a clean bathroom but also maintain the longevity and beauty of your investment. Remember to be patient, take your time, and don't hesitate to seek professional help if needed. Happy cleaning!