Post-construction Cleaning: it Takes More Than Just a Broom
Category: Post-Construction

Post-construction cleaning. As the name implies, this is cleaning after a building is constructed or after a renovation. Now you might think, “why would I ever need to hire a company to do post-construction cleaning?” When you want to deliver a move in ready facility or Home, a specialized team is needed to do a thorough and detailed cleaning. A regular cleaning services is not trained or equipped to handle this type of service. This duty is best left to companies with expertise in post-construction cleaning. Why? Because this top-to-bottom move-in-ready cleaning often requires specialized machinery, proprietary cleaning agents, and years of knowledge and technique. A reputable commercial cleaning company and a highly-trained staff focused on delivering professional results will bring all of this to the job site.

Make a list. Have a plan.

Before a commercial cleaning company can begin work, it’s essential to create a list of things that need to get done to make the building move-in ready. Below is a short list, but not, by all means, a complete one, of some of the cleaning tasks necessary to get a building or home ready to be occupied.

  • Debris and trash removal
  • Cleaning of windows
  • Scrubbing and sanitizing surfaces
  • Precious stone surface cleaning
  • Doors, frames, and tracks detailing
  • Professional disinfection
  • Removal of stickers/plastic from appliances, etc.
  • Cleaning smudges, dirt, and marks off walls
  • Power washing of exteriors
  • Trim cleaning
  • Polishing, stripping, and waxing of floors
  • Dusting fans, light fixtures
  • Vacuuming and deep cleaning of carpets

Go from mess to move-in ready.

Total Cleaning performs all these tasks depending on the client’s needs. We’re experts at post-construction and post-renovation commercial cleaning. We do an initial walk-through and consultation with the client, all at no cost, then schedule a convenient time for work to begin. Our Total Cleaning process for post-construction/renovation has several stages:


Our Project Managers walk through the job site and inspect the facility to ensure it’s ready for cleaning. Areas are then assigned to specialized teams, and the cleaning begins. Large, heavy items such as debris and trash are removed from the job site.  Dirt, light drywall, and paint may also be removed or hauled to a dumpster. Floors are swept and vacuumed, and stickers are removed from surfaces such as windows and doors.


This is the most labor and time-intensive part of the cleaning and when specialized machines and tools are utilized the most. Floor machines are used, the interior and exterior of windows are cleaned, and surfaces are shined. Machine scrubbing of tile/marble flooring/ stripping and waxing of vinyl tile or luxury vinyl occurs in medical facilities. In the case of warehouse cleaning, ride-on scrubbing machines are used to clean large floor areas. Rooms like bathrooms, kitchens, or those with a particular purpose are thoroughly cleaned. For example, sinks, cabinets, tubs, toilets, etc., are cleaned and detailed. Stairwells, elevators, storage areas, and utility rooms are also cleaned. An exterior pressure wash of the building, should it be necessary, will be completed during this stage.


This stage is a light clean to remove extra dust, caused by final punch out items. Floors are vacuumed and mopped, smudges, and fingerprints are removed during the Touchup cleaning stage. Then the entire site, should it be required, is sanitized/disinfected. After this occurs, the job site is suitable for final (“white glove”) inspection, acceptance, and sign-off from the client. The site is now move-in ready.

Total Cleaning: Flexible. Professional. Dependable.

Post-construction cleaning may take several days to finish depending on the site of the site and scope of tasks to be done. Construction contractors’ project schedules often vary, so we offer day, night, and weekend shifts for maximum flexibility. Total Cleaning understands that if a client is experiencing an unexpected delay, we’ll reschedule our cleaning efforts without charging additional fees. We have an expert staff of 600 cleaning professionals ready to handle your most demanding job. With a 98% client retention rate and 30 years of experience in the industry, you can count on us to provide the Total Clean your job site needs.

Request a free post construction cleaning estimate

Contemplating hiring a professional post-construction cleaning company? Simply contact us and request an on-site assessment. It only takes a few minutes at no cost to you. Allow us to demonstrate the Total Cleaning difference.

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