Post-Construction Cleaning Checklist

Post-Construction Cleaning Checklist

After a construction project, the property can be dusty, dirty and otherwise messy. Post-construction cleaning tidies up the space to improve its appearance and leave clients with a positive impression of your business. Before you sign off on the job, use our comprehensive cleaning checklist to make sure you've made every area spotless.

Interior Rooms

To make sure any area you worked on looks properly finished when you leave, follow this list of essential tasks:

  • Dust the ceiling and walls
  • Clean baseboards, trim, door frames, window frames and windowsills
  • Wipe down any windows
  • Remove paint from hinges
  • Clean cabinet doors, shelves and drawers
  • Clean the countertop
  • Remove excess caulk
  • Vacuum dust off floor vents
  • Mop or vacuum the floor
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Clean blinds and shutters

Specific Zones

Depending on the work you performed and where, there may be additional steps needed to complete the job:

  • Kitchen: Since the kitchen is where food-handling takes place, it needs a thorough clean. Take a sponge to the counter edges, backsplash and sink, then make sure the appliances are clean and free of paint drips or scuffs.
  • Bathroom: As a high-traffic area, the bathroom requires extra attention to detail after a construction job. Make sure you wipe down the mirror, sink, toilet, and bathtub or shower.
  • Laundry room: No one wants to clean clothes in a dirty laundry room. Be sure the washer, dryer and any folding surfaces or other utilities in the room are clean.
  • Garages and storage spaces: Equipment and trash can accumulate in these spaces during a project. Clear the floor, put things back in order and wipe down the furnace, water heater or other utilities.


After the inside rooms are clean, check out the outside of the property to:

  • Pick up nails and screws
  • Pick up trash
  • Clean the front door
  • Clean the exterior lights
  • Pressure wash the driveway, porch, deck and sidewalk
  • Wipe down the windows

Entries and Exits

The thresholds require special care, as doorways are where most dirt and debris get tracked in and out. To clean these spaces:

  • Dust and clean the door, door frame and threshold
  • Remove paint from hinges
  • Mop or vacuum the floor
  • Sweep the porch

Final Touches

Before your post-construction cleaning is complete, here are a few additional steps that can make the space feel homey:

  • Lay down a mat outside the front door to keep the interior clean
  • Turn on an essential oil diffuser to cover unpleasant smells
  • Remove stickers, packaging and tape from appliances
  • Throw away trash

Rent Equipment From The Cat® Rental Store

The Cat® Rental Store has all of the equipment you need for your next construction project, from walk-behind sweepers and scrubbers to rental containers for collecting trash and other debris. We also have a selection of compact construction equipment to complete jobs with precision and keep your cleanup requirements to a minimum.

Some of our other contracting tools for cleaning include cold and hot water pressure washers, ride-on brooms and sweepers, and floor scrubbers. You can find this equipment from some of the other leading manufacturers we carry at The Cat Rental Store. Some reliable OEMs to look out for include:

  • Tennant: As well-known manufacturers of premium floor and surface cleaning equipment, Tennant brings a range of helpful machinery to help you check some items off your cleaning checklist. Among our available rental equipment, you can find floor scrubbers, ride-on sweepers and walk-behind sweepers and scrubbers from this reliable brand.
  • LayMor: This manufacturer understands the value of controlling dust and clearing debris on a construction site. With ride-on and walk-behind sweepers, you can handle the cleaning process with ease. Whether you have a large or small area to cover, LayMor sweepers can help you get the job done.
  • Brendon: From cleaning areas on a job site to keeping your equipment spotless, powerwashers are a necessity. Brendon is a leading powerwasher manufacturer that offers an extensive line of washers with high and low water pressure.

Cleaning is an essential task in the construction process. With post-construction cleaning equipment from leading manufacturers, you can handle the job efficiently.

Rent whatever you need from the people who do whatever it takes. Browse our equipment online to view our rentals and call 1-800-RENT-CAT to request a quote or learn more.

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