What to Look For in A Post Construction Cleaning Company
What to Look For In A Post Construction Cleaning Company
Construction site cleaning can be a huge task, as projects often results in a lot of dirt, rubble and general debris. Even a small project can leave behind a lot of mess
The next essential step before moving back into the space is to ensure post-construction cleaning has been taken place. It’s important that you don’t hire just a regular cleaning service as you want to ensure the job is done correctly and that the space you are returning to is as safe as possible.
In this guide, we’ll address the things to look out for when considering post-construction cleaning and finding the right company.
The importance of post construction cleaning
Keeping your construction project clean throughout the process is almost as important as the post-cleaning. There are some aspects you should consider when safely disposing of mess around you.
Debris must be disposed of appropriately. Building materials such as metal, bricks and drywall shouldn’t be disposed in a regular bin, and can often be recycled for future building projects. Skip bags should be used to keep rubble and other small materials together for easy removal. With the sheer scale of some projects, you could find yourself needing to clear a lot of waste throughout to keep the work environment safe.
Keeping the workspace safe is also vital throughout the project. Broken glass littered across the floor as well as exposed nails and wires glass are all hazardous and cause unnecessary injuries if not responsibly cleared.
A construction cleaning company will ensure the space is safely maintained to allow for optimal work productivity in the safest environment possible.
Post construction cleaning is also vital as it allows you to remove harmful air pollutants that you otherwise might not realise are there, which could cause long term damage to your health. Any other hazards will also be completely removed such as loose nails or other sharp material left behind. There will also be a lot of dust and dirt in potentially hard to reach places, so it’s important not to miss this to ensure a spotless finish.
Why leave post construction cleaning to the professionals?
Unlike regular cleaning, post-construction cleaning requires a lot more work and specialist equipment to perform tasks such as:
- Vacuuming carpets, furniture, flooring and everywhere in between
- Ensuring all surfaces are wiped down and disinfected
- Thorough cleaning of cabinets, ceiling fan blades, and other appliances
- Cleaning of walls and ceilings, vertical and horizontal to remove any excess dust or harmful leftover chemicals
Sourcing professional cleaning equipment can be difficult, especially when it involves high costs for the best grade tools for the job. Ensuring the clean is done to the highest standards can also be a lengthy task, especially if you don’t have the right training.
That is why it is much more cost efficient to seek a post construction cleaning company to get the job done. Professionals can handle large cleaning tasks in a much shorter time than if you were to do so alone and with all the necessary equipment to ensure each area is cleaned correctly.
Industry best practices for post construction cleaning
When looking for the right post-construction cleaning company, there are several factors you should consider to help you make the right decision.
Sufficient skills & training
The commercial cleaning company should have a team of professional technicians that are correctly trained to carry out the thorough post construction cleaning. Technicians should always stay up to date with the latest industry changes in cleaning equipment and employ the latest technology.
To go above and beyond, the best commercial cleaning companies will provide their technicians with options for continued training throughout the years to continue to enhance their skills and proficiency.
Professional grade equipment & cleaning products
It is also important to consider the cleaning equipment the company uses. Regular cleaning equipment isn’t as sufficient at handling heavy-duty material such as gravel, dirt and other rubble. However, a good professional cleaning company will be able to effectively clear this unwanted material.
Specialist cleaners are equipped with the best commercial equipment such as high-powered vacuums that are much longer, able to reach any surface and with enough strength to effectively remove any air pollutants.
Other professional cleaning equipment includes:
- Pressure washers
- Carpet cleaners
- Scrubbers/sweepers (pedestrian, ride-on)
- All-purpose cleaners
- Disinfectant cleaners
Awareness of site safety
Specialists should have excellent awareness of site safety, especially taking into consideration PPE when working in a potentially hazardous environment. When cleaning with any high-intensity chemicals or being exposed to pollutants, they should be equipped with:
- Gloves – thick rubber gloves should provide the wearer with protection against any chemical damage to skin.
- Hair ties – long hair should be out of the way when cleaning to avoid any hair contact with harmful chemicals.
- Aprons – protects from spillages and marks whilst also helping store cleaning items like cloths/sprays for those with pockets. They should be appropriately sized for the situation (larger apron covering more of the body when handling more dangerous substances).
- Glasses – prevents substances coming into contact with your eyes, potentially leading to serious damage, if not blindness. Make sure these are cleaned so you can see well out of them to avoid any accidents.
- Shoe covers – should go over any footwear to protect from spillages, particularly when involved in floor cleaning that can get messy. New shoes may potentially be required so it’s always worth checking if this is the case.
Offer a flexible cleaning schedule
Different companies will require different working hours so it’s always worth finding a company that can work around your times and personal needs. Getting in contact is a great way to find out more information and arrange for them to work at specific times.
It’s also worth considering that you will most likely want the space to be cleaned relatively quickly so you can get it back up and running so making sure the company is able to fulfil the job within the required time is essential.
Licensed and insured
Companies should be correctly licensed and insured, showing they are following the correct guidelines. COSHH training is mandatory for any professional cleaning company as it demonstrates they are responsible for handing specific cleaning chemicals and responsibly, with an awareness of how to respond after a workplace accident or emergency.
There are two key insurances that cleaning companies should invest in before handling any work.
Public liability insurance protects your business in the event someone is accidentally injured as a result of the work you carried out. This could be a slip or a fall and will help protect you against any legal fees you would otherwise be required to pay.
Employers’ liability insurance protects your employees if they’re injured or become ill as a result of working for your business. This is a legal requirement if you have staff and can cover damages, compensation costs and legal fees you would otherwise be required to pay.
Reliable post construction cleaning services
Jani-King provides reliable construction and building site cleaning services that will help deliver an provide the finishing touch to your project and showcase it in the best light. Jani-King offer a flexible cleaning service to ensure we can meet the needs of your project schedule.