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Iíve been working for a construction company for over 4 years now, and I want to join in commercial cleaning but want to focus on construction, too. My question is, what are things you need to do or know when considering doing construction clean out?


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Iíve been working for a construction company for over 4 years now, and I want to join in commercial cleaning but want to focus on construction, too. My question is, what are things you need to do or know when considering doing construction clean out?

Answer:
Over the years, we have answered this question many times. Rather than do it again, I will refer you to the ICAN/ATEX archives at www.icanatex.com/Index.asp.
Search through the many entries there under bidding and estimating, cleaning procedures, etc.
Here are two comments I found from back in 2006.
Answer # 1:
Construction cleanup involves the leaving the entire structure free from construction debris and dust. Labels are removed from glass and rest room fixtures. Resilient tile floors will need finishing. Light fixtures will need cleaning. Carpets will need vacuuming and, in some cases, spot removal. Everything is new and should end up looking new. The actual work to be done and the areas involved must be agreed upon before starting. Usually the general contractor arranges the cleanup in preparation for building occupancy.
The most common difficulty is to get all the construction work done prior to cleaning so that the work need not be repeated.
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN Associate Editor for ATEX
lekrafft@juno.com

Answer # 2:
Typical cleaning specifications for a final cleaning of new homes would include:
Dust all horizontal surfaces.
Wipe down or polish counters, cabinets, and ceramic tile.
Clean sinks, mirrors, tubs, showers.
Remove all stickers, adhesive, paint, etc.
Polish all chrome, porcelain, Formica, and horizontal surfaces. Vacuum and spot clean all carpets.
Deep clean hard surface floors.
Window washing would include removal of stickers, adhesive, paint, and drywall overspray from glass (use a razor blade scraper).
Commercial final cleaning would normally include the above, except, in some cases,
a finish-out involves existing walls, carpets, and floors.
In these jobs you may be required to wipe down walls that have not been freshly painted, strip and refinish VCT floors, and clean carpets.
Occasionally, the general contractor may want those tasks itemized for billing purposes. In both residential and commercial, the contractor normally has all the trash and debris removed from the job site.
In some cases, the final cleaning is booked prematurely and there should be an additional charge for a touch-up prior to the final walk thru.
Gary Clipperton
National Pro Clean Corp.
(719) 598-5112
www.nationalproclean.com