Spending additional time and money cleaning up accumulated renovation dust will detract from the satisfaction of the good project. As with other aspects of the renovation, proper renovation dust control planning will help you to reduce ongoing and final cleaning.
9 Tips to Control Renovation Dust:
1. Have Realistic Expectations of Dust Control
There will be some dust, regardless of the steps you take to reduce it. Make sure that any valuable items or items that cannot easily be cleaned are moved out of the renovation area. For total protection, pack articles into storage and/or wrap in plastic.
The first critical step in a renovation is to perform as much of the demolition as possible at the onset. This results in less ongoing dust. Removing debris off site initially results in a safer and well-organized site.
3. Isolate Work Areas
Do your best to seal off work areas from habitable spaces remaining during the renovation process. Keep doors closed and seal the ones that won’t be needed with plastic sheeting and tape. If possible, try and provide exterior access to renovation areas including bathrooms and utilities areas.
4. Seal Heating and Cooling Vents
Cover venting systems with plastic, cardboard and tape. You should also change the HVAC filter continuously. If possible, keep the furnace or AC off during dusty procedures. This will reduce the spread of dust being circulated throughout the entire house by either system.
5. Utilise Sticky Mats at Entrances
Place sticky mats, which act to trap dirt and debris from the shoes of anyone entering the house.
6. Contrl Dust with HEPA Technology
Use of both HEPA air filters and HEPA vacuums during renovations will significantly reduce the amount of airborne dust.
7. Room Fans Assist with Renovation Dust Control
Use small room fans and place outwards at windows and door openings. This will force the dust outside.
8. Don’t Push Dirt and Dust Around
Sweeping and dry dusting areas will only serve to push the dust around and allow it to become airborne. Use a vacuum to suck up debris from floors and large surface. Use a damp cloth to dust down walls, trim and furniture.
9. Clean Up as You Go
Don’t wait until the end of the renovation to control renovation dust – as you make a mess, you should clean it. Otherwise you’ll be tracking that dust and debris to other areas of the home, making your job more difficult.
Produced by Baker Street Home Inspection Services Inc. and RenoLogic.
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