Repairs and renovations are an essential part of home maintenance. Things break down. Accidents happen. Stuff chips or shatters. Making sure that any such situations are dealt with promptly is key to keeping your home in good condition and having decent resale value.
Of course, for repairs, some people do it themselves. Others call professionals, like a handyman. The second option is usually better. You get someone with actual skill and training, along with a degree of assurance that the repairs are going to be done correctly.
There’s a bit of a catch, though. Repair jobs – whether done by professional home maintenance people or by the homeowner – leave a lot of clutter behind. Cleaning up after a handyman or yourself can be a bit of a hassle.
Of course, there are a few things you can count on. A professional will clean up after them. Things like broken pieces of whatever they fixed or any extra replacement materials are going to be cleaned up. The nice ones will even do a bit of dusting once all the clutter is handled.
The problem is that the cleaning job is never quite as thorough as you’d like. For the smaller details, it’s up to you.
So here’s a quick look at what you’ll need to know when cleaning up after a handyman.
First, have containers ready. Whether it’s plastic bins, trash bags, or something else, keep them ready. Most crews will clean up the bigger stuff, asking you where to put them. You’ll need something that’s suitable for the job. Heavy materials should go in more durable containers, not plastic bags.
You should also remember to sweep up after they leave.
Small electrical work might have some wires lying around. Wood repairs might have shavings, old nails, and other things left on the floor. Sweep these up.
In the event of stains, it’s best to act fast. Remember to blot, not wipe. Move inward, towards the centre of the stain, when possible. This behaviour helps keep things like paint or grease stains from spreading.
Oh, and if the stain has a solid component, be sure to get that out before you start blotting. Trying to get rid of the stain without getting the chunky bits out first is idiotic and is probably going to make things a lot worse, in most cases.
Have a vacuum handy. Sweep over not only the work areas but also things like nearby rooms (that weren’t sealed) or vents. These can often have dust fly in, so a sweep followed by some disinfecting might be a good idea.
If someone got hurt during the repairs, you’d also need to clean up bloodstains. Panic might have set in, depending on the severity of the injury, causing the stains to spread. There’s also the chance that things got severe enough that the work is left undone or the blood has had time to dry.
In such a case, just be careful. If the cause of the injury is still around, cleaning up will have to wait until that’s dealt with. If the stains have already dried, either call professionals or look up one of many homebrew methods for dealing with that.