5 Easy Ways to Reduce Dust During a Renovation

Building site covered with construction dust

Any renovation will almost certainly generate a lot of dust, including drywall dust, sawdust, and dust from the restoration’s general building debris.

Dust can harm the finish on hardwood floors, causing damage to furniture, rugs, and the finish. While it will be impossible to totally remove dust throughout your home renovations, there are certain steps you can do to minimise it.

Clear Out the Room

Remove everything from the room that is to be renovated, including furniture. If you are not careful with this step, it will still be quite easy for dust particles to slip out of the general work zone. Make sure all appliances are unplugged before removing them from their respective plug outlets in your home.

Move any items that can be moved outside of the renovation zone, especially if they are difficult to clean after they have been exposed to construction debris or drywall dust.

Cover Everything

Cover your floors with tarps or drop cloths. Sanding, sawing and other activities will generate a lot of dust that can settle everywhere in your home; covering surfaces will prevent the dust from settling where it is not desired. You should cover furniture by using plastic sheeting and duck tape over all openings (seams, drawers, etc.) to make sure they are sealed off completely.

Sweep & Vacuum Daily

After every day of working in the room, it is necessary to sweep up and vacuum everything that has been displaced during the renovation. Use a shop-vac instead of a standard broom and dustpan to make it easier to collect fine particles of sawdust from carpets, rugs and any other surfaces that might have been affected by the construction activities.

Do Sawing & Grinding Outside

Not many things generate more dust than cutting and sanding drywall boards. Make sure to do these activities outside. Also, keep in mind that the finer the particles of dust, the more dangerous they are. Take extreme caution when sanding and sawing drywall for this reason.

Seal Up Vents & Ducts

Renovating creates fine particles of dust. If your vent system is not sealed, this dust will travel through the air conditioning system and circulate throughout the house. Make sure to seal off any vents in the rooms you are working in so that this does not happen.

Cleaning Up During and After Renovating

We are certain these tips will help you make your renovation as smooth as possible. Keep in mind that dust is produced on a daily basis, so it is important to stick with these tips throughout the entire restoration process. We recommend that you get a professional after builders clean on completion of your project, alternatively, you can check out this after builders cleaning checklist written by our friends at Simpo Cleaning.

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