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Are you looking to live in your home while remodeling? But don’t want to deal with the dust? If you are, then you have come to the right place. Today we are talking about dust control while remodeling.


Dust Control While Remodeling

A lot of times people prefer to live in their homes during the remodeling process for a kitchen or bathroom. But they don’t like the dust that comes with the remodeling. While every homeowner wants their remodel to be successful, some simple steps are needed to get there. The most important step is containing dust and any contaminants that may arise.

Let’s start by talking about how the dust will be contained. What most professionals like to begin with and use is a zip wall system. This system has been around for 20-25 years. The zip wall system is a pull system that uses a piston that also acts as a shock absorber. It uses a foldable heavy-duty plastic and is similar to a heavy construction grade garbage bag. This system also has zip doors which you can place over a doorway using a product called mastic tape. Including the zip door within the wall or over an entryway gives you, and the contractor easy access to the area that is being remodeled.

Since it is easy to put up a zip wall around the area being renovated using it is an excellent way to keep the dust contained in the area. It is also important to make sure that the air returns and vents are covered in the area that is being remodeled. This is so that no dust gets into the ducts and then into the rest of the house. The ducts will stay clean, and the dust will be contained and minimized to one area of your home.

Surface Protection

Before you start remodeling it is important to make sure that everything is covered. Especially if it is small items that are hard to clean regularly. It is recommended that you use a lightweight plastic to cover small items as well as other things that you don’t want to be covered in dust. This type of plastic is easy to put on and take off and is pretty inexpensive. Sometimes with static electricity, you can make the plastic cling to the wall. It also works on covering furniture as well as light fixtures as well as on tile, granite or quartz countertops.

The plastic is all-surface protection. It comes clear and in the color green so that it is more noticeable on the floor. You can also walk on it since it isn’t slippery and doesn’t leave a residue. It also works as a drop cloth when painting and can be rolled up and tossed out when done.

Another cost-effective product that is often recommended is red rosin paper, which can be bought anywhere. It is 36″ wide x 167′ long and can be chopped in half and used around the perimeter of the room. The paper works as a shield if you are painting the baseboard. While it is cost-effective the only downside to using rosin paper is that it tears easily and can create more work for you when trying to keep your floors clean.

Flypaper is another surface covering that will stick to everything. It is often used on stairs with carpeting or for creating a nice path from the garage to an upstairs bathroom or bedroom. 

Build Clean

Since dust drives people crazy during remodeling, a great tool to help with that is called Build Clean. It is a 35-pound machine that has adjustable settings – low, medium, and high. Build Clean has two filters, a coarse filter, and a fine filter, which moves air out of your workspace. The Build Clean can move 6,000 cubic square feet of air in a room six times an hour. And that is roughly the size of a two-car garage with a 10-foot ceiling. So if you or someone in your home is a severe asthmatic or someone gets irritated with dust, the Build Clean is a great tool to have on hand and use. An air scrubber is another Build Clean dust control system that professionals and DIY-er’s like to use and can be found at rental places.

Lotz of Logic

Before starting your remodeling project remember to cover your hardwood floors and carpeting with plastic, flypaper, or rosin paper. Also, remove smaller items that are harder to dust or that you don’t want to dust later. Also, look into the zip wall and Build Clean to use while you are working. Acid staining the floor of your basement helps to keep the dust down. By using these simple tips you will have great dust control while remodeling.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on dust control, give me a call. My team and I have been serving Plainfield, Naperville, Lisle, Shorewood, Joliet, Oswego, Yorkville, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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