Painting is considered to be one of the dirtiest fields in the construction industry. So what’s the deal, how can it be managed?
It’s only a matter of TTT “TAKE THE TIME” keeping things neat and clean during a construction project happens in THREE phases.
When Lake Area Painting and Decorating completes the job every surface in the room being painted will be covered before we start any other prep work. Furniture is covered with clean cotton sheets and then a layer of plastic. Both layers extend to the floor. Wood or tile flooring is covered with a 3M rubber barrier or rosin paper. Carpeting is covered with 10 Oz Absorbent canvas drop cloths. Note-It’s not helpful if the contractor never washes his floor coverings. Dog hair, cat hair and all the dirt and debris gets moved from job to job, Yuck! At LAPD we wash our drops and between jobs we shake the bleep out of our floor coverings.
PHASE TWO-DAILY CLEAN UP
Anytime we have the option to use tools with vacuums we do. We often vacuum areas as we sand or prepare. When any one process is extremely messy (wallpaper removal or texture removal) we will remove all that debris at the end of the day!
PHASE THREE-END OF JOB CLEAN UP
Yes, there will still be a mess even with diligent setup and cleanup.
Vacuuming carpets, mopping floors, cleaning glass and countertops etc. The goal here is to leave the house cleaner than we found it!
QUESTIONS TO ASK OR THINGS TO TAKE NOTE OF!
Did the contractor remove his shoes when he entered your house?
Does the contract spell out clean up and prevention procedures?
THE BIG QUESTION?
What do his or her previous customers have to say about them? That’s right; you have to make some calls. A contractor’s history is an excellent indication of their future performance!
Thanks for reading!
Your helpful contractor,
Jim Keenan, 3rd Generation Painter & Owner of LAPD