Renovating your home is messy, but it is usually not worth cleaning up until the project is complete. Post-renovation cleaning gets your living spaces tidied up and is essential for safety. There could be chemicals, dust, and leftover construction materials lying around your home. Here is a post-renovation cleaning checklist to help you get your home back in shape.

Post-Renovation Cleaning Tips

Clean the Lighting

To clean your light fixtures, use a soft microfiber cloth. This will get rid of any construction residue and dust. Cleaning the globes will make the bulbs appear brighter, better illuminating the living spaces so you can appreciate a newly remodeled home.

Outside the House

To create a good first impression of your property, take care of the driveway and pathways around your home. Leftover materials may be scattered around the yard after construction. Remove these materials and take them to the dump or have them hauled away.

Post-Renovation Cleaning Tasks

Kitchen Clean-Up

Renovating your kitchen might include installing new appliances, cabinets, and lighting. To help with cleaning up after these projects, here are areas to focus on.

  • Wipe and clean all appliances
  • Clean the sink and faucet
  • Wash the curtains
  • Empty the trash
  • Sweep and mop the floors, including beneath appliances
  • Dust windowsills and trim around windows and doors
  • Clean doorknobs and light switches
  • Dust and clean shelves and counters
  • Clean inside drawers and cabinets

The Bathroom

Although your bathroom may be small, it will still need to be cleaned after upgrades and improvements. Make sure you clean to remove dust and debris from the entire room.

  • Dust counters
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Sweep and mop the floor
  • Wipe down walls
  • Clean mirrors
  • Clean the sink and faucet
  • Wash the shower curtain or shower door
  • Sanitize toilet
  • Remove trash
  • Wipe light switches and doorknobs

Cleaning the Living Room Post-Renovation

The living room may need attention after renovations, especially if you’ve stored items from other rooms in the space. To clean the living room, here are places to focus on.

  • Sweep and mop hard flooring
  • Vacuum carpets or rugs
  • Remove dust from the sofa and chairs
  • Wipe down wooden furniture
  • Clean the windows, inside and out
  • Dust surfaces
  • Wipe down the walls
  • Clean beneath furniture
  • Dust light fixtures


Here is a quick post-renovation checklist for tidying up the bedrooms once the work is complete on your house.

  • Wash and dry linens
  • Wash the curtains
  • Sweep, vacuum, and mop the floor
  • Clean the windows
  • Wipe the ceiling fans
  • Dust baseboards, trims, and shelves
  • Wipe down the dresser and nightstands
  • Clean the walls
  • Clean light switches, doorknobs, and lighting fixtures

Renovations and improvements will make your home more functional and attractive, but the process can be messy. After making upgrades, thoroughly clean your home indoors and outdoors.

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