What is a Builders Clean?
One of the most important aspects of a building project is the health and safety of the operatives who are working on site. Assurance of individuals health and safety is heightened by appropriate cleaning procedures, involving the removal of dust from the working environment. Silicosis is a form of occupational lung disease caused by inhalation of crystalline silica dust. It is marked by inflammation and scarring in the form of nodular lesions in the upper lobes of the lungs. It is a type of pneumoconiosis – it is the new asbestos of the construction industry. It is a diseases for which there is no treatment.
Aside from the above from health and safety responsibility the next job a builders cleaning company is to conduct the commercial part of their work which is in four phase. These are normally four cleans which are required for a property to be handed over as a turn key project to the final owners of a property to live in. The four cleans are Builders, Second, Sparkle and Occupational.
Builders Clean: Phase 1
Removal of Protection
The first phase and most important clean is the builders clean. This clean involves the removal of all protection off all surfaces. Protection is found on the glass on windows, bathrooms, bedroom cupboards and correx on the floors. There is a very fine protection on kitchen cupboards and appliances. These are removed very carefully to make sure we do not have any scratching to any surfaces of the property.
Wash Down of all Surfaces
The next phase after the removal of protection is the washing down of all surfaces with water and a detergent such as Fairy liquid, this includes mirrors in the bathrooms and walls of the shower and all doors. Cupboards are washed down outside and inside in such a way as to stop the dust that has gathered inside it from spreading on to the operatives. Staff are trained to wash with a stroke moving away from themselves with a damp cloth to capture the dust. The cloth is regularly cleaned and washed to stop it from liberally applying dust everywhere else. Once the washing down is complete another dry cloth is used to remove any and all moisture from all surfaces.
Removal of Adhesives
On occasions in the bathrooms, kitchens and windows will have adhesive of one form or another which is excessive or has been liberally used and is on other surfaces than it should be. Our procedure to is to apply a small amount of white spirits to a cloth and to remove it.
The removal of paint is an important and one of the hardest aspects of a builders clean procedure and is always a threat to the site in delaying a builders and is also a one of the worst opportunities to damage surfaces it is on. Our procedure for the removal of paint is to use warm water and soap this is the best way to remove it. Most paints used on construction sites are water soluble.
Plasterboard and Cement
Plasterboard-cement is another major issue on some sites where the builders have not taken due care in the application of this material and it can be found on all sorts of nooks, again our procedure is to use warm water and Fairy liquid to remove it. This is hard work but it will in the end move.
After the above works are completed then the whole of the property is vacuumed. This will capture any dust that may have fallen from other places on the floor that we did not catch in the cleaning process and this will also include the removal of all debris from the unit that cannot be vacuumed.
There is a final wipe down with a slightly damp cloth on the kitchen and other hard surfaces in the bathroom to try to capture any residual dust particles that may have been raised during the vacuum procedure.
After the vacuum and wipe down the whole property is mopped with water and soap from the furthest point of a room to the door of the room and then each corridor to the exit of the house.
This is the end of the builders clean phase and the property is now ready for the main contractor to snag. The property is now in also a healthy working environment for other trades to enter and conduct their build.
Second clean: Phase 2
This clean is done before the client inspection.
The clean is called an inspection clean because it is the clean that is done after all sub-contractors have finished all snags that have been raised by the main contractors. This clean should not be a huge amount of work and is normally much less of a mess to clean than the builders clean stage.
For cleaning methodology this clean follows exactly the same procedure as a builders clean, all surfaces again washed and the removal of dust from the property using water and soap and then a vacuum and wipe down and mop of the floor. The major difference is the obvious removal of protection which is no longer there as it was removed from the property in the builders stage.
Sparkle Clean: Phase 3
A sparkle clean is the clean that is conducted as a third clean in the cycle of cleans. Most sparkle clean are on properties that have been left dormant and as such have accumulated dust over time that needs to be removed and there maybe a residual amounts of cleaning to be done from the snags that the client may have issued against the contractor which are normally minimal. The cleaning procedure is the same cleaning process as the Builders and Inspection Cleans before it. We will also after this clean normally place an air freshener in the property to keep them fresh.
Occupational Clean: Phase 4
This the final clean, and for this clean we will polish all stainless steel and radiators and any surfaces that are metallic or glass up to a nice polish. A final vacuum is conducted, wipe down and a mop down as well if the property have been left standing for a long period of time. Otherwise this is a light clean for the property and it will be ready to be occupied thereafter.