Construction Cleaning Checklist

Construction cleaning checklist

Are you considering offering construction cleanup service to developers and builders?

All constructions sites have one common end result, they leave a huge mess! This is an opportunity for an already existing cleaning service (or another related business type such as construction or landscaping) to cleanup.

In order to increase profits for your cleaning service, you can provide cleaning services to developments, new apartment complexes, hotel builds and business district projects. Even in the residential sector, you can pick up the post-construction cleanup odd job.

Attention to detail is everything with construction cleanup, it is about first impressions. These are new buildings and the goal is to impress the new tenants. Do that and you will impress the builders in your area and word will spread. It is hard to find high-quality construction cleanup services, be the best and you will be very successful.

Offering cleaning services after construction and renovation is a great way to increase the value of your home cleaning company, keep your cleaning staff busy, diversify your services and increase overall profits.

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Here is an overview of common cleaning tasks, you may not contract all of these processes, but it gives you an idea of what you can offer.

* denotes optional or rotational tasks

General Cleanup

  • Dusting (top to bottom)
  • Dust ceilings and ceiling fans
  • Clean walls, dust & wipe down
  • Clean trim, baseboards, window frames, and door frames
  • Clean windows (glass, tracks, frames)
  • Remove any paint, mud, and debris from hinges*
  • Clean interior masonry (brick, rock, marble)*
  • Vacuum carpet
  • Vacuum floor edges
  • Clean floors (this may or may not include buffing, waxing and sealing.)
  • Clean light fixtures and bulbs
  • Dust handrails, mantels, and other various woodwork
  • Clean inside closets, inside cabinets, and on top of shelves
  • Remove drawers and clean underneath*
  • Clean blinds/shutters
  • Remove and dispose of all trash
  • Remove and dispose of any protective plastic film*
  • Clean sides and tops of doors*
  • Clean electrical switches and outlets*
  • Remove floor vents so that you can vacuum ducts*

Entries and Exits

  • Dusting (top to bottom)
  • Clean doors
  • Clean thresholds*
  • Clean exterior lights
  • Vacuum and dust entryway
  • Sweep and clean porch
  • Pressure wash driveway, porch, deck*


  • Dusting (top to bottom)
  • Vacuum, dust, and clean shelving and drawers
  • Clean cabinet doors, tops of cabinets and glass
  • Wipe walls and floors
  • Remove excess caulking, adhesives, and debris from sinks/faucets*
  • Clean appliances inside, out and under
  • Sponge countertops, edges, and back splashes
  • Remove all packaging, plastic, labels and throw away*


  • Dusting (top to bottom)
  • Clean cabinets inside and out
  • Clean excess caulking, adhesives, and debris from sinks/faucets
  • Clean toilets
  • Wipe walls
  • Clean mirrors and glass and chrome
  • Remove any stickers from toilet, bathtub, sink*
  • Remove all packaging, plastic, labels, tape, straps, etc. and throw away*


  • Dusting
  • Clean cabinets inside and out
  • Clean appliances inside, out and under
  • Sweep / vacuum floors
  • Wipe clean furnace, water heater, and other utilities

Garage / Storage

  • Dusting
  • Clean cabinets inside and out
  • Sweep / vacuum floors
  • Wipe clean furnace, water heater, and other utilities (If located)

Miscellaneous Focus

  • Remove all stickers
  • Sweep and wipe all edges
  • Essential Oil Spritz (Make it smell clean!)

Always clean top to bottom!

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