Everything you need for a builders clean

Trying to figure out what products you need for a builders clean? It's always best to be totally prepared for anything with any deep cleaning task. This article goes through all the products you might need for each step of a builder's clean.

- Please click on a step to see the products you might need for that specific task and why you might need them -

Clearing away any and all debris is always the first part, starting with the bulkier, heavier items (i.e. construction waste), then narrowing down to the lighter items (i.e. like packaging waste) and ending with smaller debris (2cm or smaller) that can be vacuumed up without damaging the vacuum.

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Handling / gripper glove latex coated (Topaz) 9 / Large
Product Code: G1110L

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To protect your hands from sharp objects when moving/lifting heavier debris.
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3 gallon black plastic heavy duty bucket round
Product Code: D4001

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To keep the heavier weighted debris contained in the clearing up process. It can also useful in removing and transporting the waste once collected.

18" stiff broom complete
Product Code: D2009

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Exterior sweeping - Sweep up debris / litter.

18" soft broom complete
Product Code: D2007

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Interior sweeping - Sweep up dust / debris / litter / paint & plaster splashes that have been scraped off.

Lobby pan & brush set lightweight - blue
Product Code: D2049B

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Great for sweeping dust and debris from the floor. Helps to reduce risk of back ache from constantly bending down and straitening up again.

Economy dustpan & brush set blue
Product Code: D2019B

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Great for sweeping dust and debris from the floor.

18x29x39" Std plus duty large refuse sacks Tiaga
Product Code: C1001

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A strong sack to contain waste without breaking.
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NRV 240-11 Vacuum cleaner kit NA1 - Red
Product Code: D6094

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To vacuum any dust and debris that is smaller than 2cm, not sharp and not heavy. No nails or screws as they will damage the vacuum, hose and nozzle.
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Vac bags for Generic 32mm machines
Product Code: D6001

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To be used in the vacuum - keeps waste in vacuum, protects vacuum motor from dust and can easily be replaced as bag fills up.
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2ply blue centrefeed rolls 150m
Product Code: A3200

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For wiping up any liquid spills / wet paint splatters / etc.
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A deep clean of soft furnishings is often tricky to get - you want to make sure it's totally clean without getting it water-logged or damaging the item.

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444 Metal safety scraper
Product Code: D1234

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A stiffer option than a paint scraper, but safer than using other hand-held scrapers - scrapes and removes tough dirt / labels / grease / glue / tar / paint splatters / etc. from hard surfaces.

10x replacement blades

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Yellow window scraper
Product Code: D1241

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To scrape off and remove any dirt / debris / sticky / glue from windows without scratching surface.

10x replacement blades

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PVCu frame cleaner solvent
Product Code: B1455

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A heavy-duty cleaner for PVCu window and door frames - removes most forms of dirt without damaging surface.

14" Window Cleaning Kit inc Bucket, Applicator and Squeegee
Product Code: D1414

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Complete window cleaning set. Individual items below;

14" brass squeegee complete

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14" applicator complete

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12L 17" window cleaning bucket

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G1 Glass Cleaner spray ready to use 750ml
Product Code: B3960

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Ready to use glass cleaner - simply spray on and wipe off for a sparkling finish. Smear-free finish. Free from abrasives - will not damage delicate surfaces. Ammonia free - pleasant and easy to use

1x 40x40 Blue Microfibre Glass cloth
Product Code: D5034B

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For window cleaning use to keep surface scratch and lint free.

200x cloths

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A general wash-down of dusty surfaces helps operatives to be able to identify what further cleaning might be required on any particular surface. To do this, you're going to need a cloth, bucket and detergent.

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2 gallon round plastic bucket - blue
Product Code: D4000B

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For use in washing down dusty surfaces.

1x Blue ProShine Microfibre durable cloth 40x40
Product Code: D5035B

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For use in washing down dusty surfaces.

5x cloths

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200x cloths

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18" soft broom complete
Product Code: D2007

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Sweep up dust / debris / litter / paint & plaster splashes that have been scraped off.

E2 Eco-Dose Multipurpose Cleaner 1 litre
Product Code: B3420

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Dilute one dose into a mop bucket / trigger sprayer to wash down any water-washable surfaces.

Trigger bottle for E2

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E20 Eco-Dose Concentrated lemon cleaner & degreaser 1lt
Product Code: B3422

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Dilute one dose into a mop bucket / trigger sprayer to clean and degrease any water-washable surfaces. Bactericidal and Virucidal - meets EN 1276 with 30 seconds contact time and Norovirus with 5 minutes contact time. Food Safe.

Trigger bottle for E20

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H1 Hard Surface Cleaner
Product Code: B3900

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All purpose cleaning concentrate, ideal for removing soil, grease and heel marks from all synthetic floors. Also excels on all non-porous surfaces. Controlled foam helps prevent over use.

Gleam furniture polish
Product Code: B1207

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Polishes and brings shine to furniture

Once all the debris has been cleared all floors will need to be cleaned from any dirt, dust or stains.

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16oz Kentucky complete mop system - incl. head, clip, pole, bucket
Product Code: D3182

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A gentle clean for removing minor to medium levels of dust and dirt on hard floors. Wring excess water out for a more efficient clean.

H1 Hard Surface Cleaner
Product Code: B3900

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All purpose cleaning concentrate, ideal for removing soil, grease and heel marks from all synthetic floors. Also excels on all non-porous surfaces. Controlled foam helps prevent over use.

MotorScrubber Jet3 Jet Kit
Product Code: D7MSJET

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Makes light work of deep cleaning confined and hard to reach places. Achieving outstanding cleaning results on any surface. Perfect for stairways, steps, behind toilets, leisure centre changing rooms and poolside, is waterproof for cleaning below the waterline.

Compact Upright Manoeuvrable Scrubber Drier 244NX
Product Code: D7913479

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Optimises the use of clean water using direct feed to centre of brushes. Centrifugal delivery of water through brushes minimises overall water usage, has no messy spray-off and increases efficiency by reducing time-consuming refills required. Agile and Lightweight, Simple and easy-to-use controls, One-pass performance and Power driving productivity

A deep clean of soft furnishings is often tricky to get - you want to make sure it's totally clean without getting it water-logged or damaging the item.

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Carpex 30:300 Carpet cleaning machine and wand hand tool and hose
Product Code: D7C5010

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Injects cleaner into carpet and extracts dirt / muck / grime / stains from Carpets, Fabrics, Upholstered furniture and Curtains to remove bad odours and restore the carpet.
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Ace Extract Carpet Extraction Shampoo - Low Foam
Product Code: B2000M

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Woolsafe carpet extraction shampoo. Suitable for use with hot or cold water. Rapid removal of carpet soiling. For carpets, including wool and upholstery. Pleasant Citrus fragrance.
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Washrooms, Bathrooms and Toilets may or may not need a deep clean. If they have been worked on by the builders, there may be some plaster and paint splatters to remove (see #2, #4, #5). If they have only been used by the builders, they might be some descaling to do. But they might not have been affected at all - where you'd only need to do a standard washroom clean.

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Clover Acid Wash 80 powerful toilet cleaner descaler 1L
Product Code: B4205A1

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A highly concentrated and powerful acidic descaler - recommended for removing severe water scale, stains and rust marks, concrete from walls. Made with hydrochloric acid - not suitable for use on stainless steel.

Green Nitrile gloves Large
Product Code: G210010

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Protect your hands when using powerful acidic or caustic cleaners.
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Toilet brush set
Product Code: D2026

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For cleaning toilet bowls - provides tougher action to remove dirt.

W1 Foaming Washroom Cleaner and Descaler
Product Code: B3945

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General washroom cleaner for procelain, ceramic, plastic, uPVC, stainless steel, etc. including sinks, basins, bath tubs, showers, disability fixtures, dispensers, etc.

1x Red Proshine microfibre durable cloth 40x40
Product Code: B3945

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For use when cleaning toilets and urinals

5x cloths

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200x cloths

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1x Yellow Proshine microfibre durable cloth 40x40
Product Code: B3945

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For use when doing general washroom cleaning - not toilets / urinals

5x cloths

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200x cloths

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100x Synthetic powder free disposable gloves - Large
Product Code: E1410LT

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Protect your hands when using chemical cleaners.
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Kitchens aren't always used in a building site, but like Washrooms, if they have been used, they're likely to be filthy. Even if they haven't been used, they would still need to be cleaned as dust may have escaped into the room - making it less food-safe.

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E20 Eco-Dose Concentrated lemon cleaner & degreaser 1lt
Product Code: B3422

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Dilute one dose into a mop bucket / trigger sprayer to clean and degrease any water-washable surfaces. Bactericidal and Virucidal - meets EN 1276 with 30 seconds contact time and Norovirus with 5 minutes contact time. Food Safe

Trigger bottle for E20

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Oven cleaner "sticky foam" 750ml
Product Code: B5504

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Foaming oven cleaner - Powerful clinging oven cleaner - Removes baked on residues from ovens and grills - Not for use on aluminium.

Green ProShine Microfibre durable cloth 40x40
Product Code: D5035G

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Use in food prep / kitchen / catering settings for wiping, cleaning, etc.
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5x cloths

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200x cloths

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Everywhere is clean, but there's a stale smell - air fresheners are great if there's still a 'building site smell' after its been cleaned.

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Paradis Atlantis starter kit
Product Code: B9590AS

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Paradís wall-mounted unit automatically sprays microscopic mist into the washroom - Invisible probiotic microbes fall to the floor - The microscopic mist evaporates to leave a pleasant paradís fragrance - Probiotic spores are activated when they come into contact with the smell-causing matter - Long-term problematic smells are ‘eaten’ away by the flood of good microbes.

Paradis Golden Dawn starter kit
Product Code: B9590GS

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Shades air freshener - Marine breeze
Product Code: B9120

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Fresh smelling air freshener to remove the building site smells.

Not just a case of 'covering all the bases', protecting yourself from dangers is critical to your health. Whether it's breathing in dust or having it entering your eyes or having an accident due to low visibility of a hazard, the impact can be life-changing, and not in a good way.

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Anti-collapse wet floor sign
Product Code: D3300

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Highlight hazards to other building users.

Window cleaning in progress yellow safety sign
Product Code: D3300W

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Highlight hazards to other building users.

Hanging "Closed For Cleaning" Sign
Product Code: D3300W

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Highlight hazards to other building users.

Yellow Hi-Vis waistcoats Large
Product Code: F5100L

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Be safe, be seen without unnecessary inconvenience.
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Lightyear safety trainer Size 11 / 46
Product Code: F933211

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Protect your feet from sharp objects, without having to wear extra heavy-weighted footwear.
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50x Moldex 1100 dust masks
Product Code: E4001

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Protect your lungs from dust, airborne particles, dirt and germs in the air.
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Safety goggles
Product Code: ?E4400?

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Protect your eyes from dust, airborne particles and falling dirt.
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Memory foam kneeling mat with carry handle
Product Code: E4309

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Protect your knees when doing time-consuming tasks kneeling down.
Or, use knee pads with hard cap for wearable option;

Knee pad pair - hard cap

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Cleaners Caddy
Product Code: D4050

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Easily carry equipment to cleaning location - especically helpful if nearby parking is unavailable.