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10 Steps to Controlling Renovation Dust

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In any renovation, dust happens, and controlling it can be a challenge. Not only is it bad for you to breathe in while in the work area, it can spread to other parts of your home and create a huge mess. But there are some easy ways you can contain renovation dust in order to keep your home clean and safe.

 

Work Outside

The best way to control renovation dust inside is to do the work outside as much as possible. Some people don’t want to take the extra time to go outside, but it can save you a lot of time and frustration when it comes to clean up.

 

Isolate the Area

Seal off the work area with thick plastic. This means any doorways or other areas that open to other parts of the house. Also be sure to cover air vents and registers so dust doesn’t have the opportunity to travel to other parts of the house or get trapped in ducts.

 

Power Tools with Dust Extractors

Many power tools come with dust extraction accessories that collect dust as you go.  While they won’t totally eliminate the need for clean up after, they make a big difference in the amount of dust particles being released into the air.

 

Dispose of Items Through Windows

Avoid carrying renovation materials through your house as much as possible. Dispose of things through the windows whenever it makes sense. In some case you can use a chute that goes directly to a dumpster.

 

Filter the Air

Your best bet is to rent an air scrubber (or two) for the duration of your project. Air scrubbers, or purifiers, are portable filtration systems that pull in all the particles in the surrounding area. Put one in the renovation zone and one outside of it to make sure you’re removing as much as possible.

 

Establish Negative Air Pressure

Negative air pressure is created when air is sucked out of the room. A lot of air scrubbers vent outside so if you’re using one it will happen anyway. If not, put a fan in a window and face it to blow outside. This prevents the airflow from circulating dust into the rest of the house. In order for this to properly work the rest of the room must be sealed off.

 

Cover Textiles

Cover any textiles such as furniture and carpet in areas near or in the renovation zone. When you’re done remove them very carefully and place them in a sealed bag.

 

Don’t Dry Dust

Clean as you go, but don’t dry dust! Use a damp or microfiber rag to dust flat surfaces, trim and furniture. Dry dusting with a broom or cloth only spreads it around and releases more into the air.

 

Use the Right Equipment

Don’t use your regular house vacuum to clean up drywall dust as the fine particles will clog it. You need a wet/dry vac which can be rented from many home improvement stores. Budget for this rental when you’re planning your renovation.

 

Hire Professionals

Hire a professional cleaning service when you’re done. Renovations are very messy and it is well worth the expense to have professionals come in before you move your things back into the space. Add it into your renovation budget before you start.

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