Renovating your home can be an exciting time, especially if you have a particular vision in mind that you have been wanting to make a reality for a while. Once your renovations are done, your home should feel a little bit more like it’s truly yours. However, you first need to get the work done.
Dust is an inevitable side effect of renovating, but it is also a potentially serious hazard. Here are some simple ways to keep the amount of dust in your home to a minimum.
Prepare the Space
While we can offer you advice on how to minimize the amount of dust that you generate, and how to deal with it so that your furniture and fixtures remain safe and clean, there is always going to be some level of dust and dirt when you renovate a property. The first thing that you should do is to clear the area you will be working in from anything that you don’t want to become contaminated by dust.
Be careful when you are moving delicate or valuable pieces; it would be a tragedy if you damaged a piece while in the process of moving it so that it doesn’t get damaged.
Cover Valuable Items
If there are things that you want to keep protected but can’t move out of the room, you will need to cover or otherwise protect them. For this, we would recommend the Trimaco dust containment system. The combination of heavy-duty poles and plastic containment sheeting make for a sturdy and secure shield to protect your room and your possessions from dust and particulate matter.
Remember, dust isn’t just bad because it can make your home messy – breathing in particulate matter can lead to some serious health issues. If you are generating dust then make sure that you use a mask to prevent you from inhaling any dust.
Use Barriers to Cover Open Doorways
When you are renovating your home, chances are you will have cables lying around the place, as well as furniture temporarily in unusual places. As a result, you will often find that you are unable to close doors and so your home becomes a more open space. While the extra ventilation will no doubt be welcome, you want to avoid spreading dust throughout your entire house.
The best way of achieving this is to hang up curtains or place heavy fabric over any open doorways. This will prevent the dust spreading around your house but won’t impede you entering or exiting the room. If you are carrying heavy furniture and equipment, pushing through a curtain is much easier than fighting to get the door open.
Block of Vents
If you have a heating or an air conditioning system in your home then you will likely have vents in some of your rooms. If you don’t cover these up before you start work then they will spread any dust or other particles that get into the air around your entire house.
If you have pets or young children in your home while you are renovating, it is especially important that you don’t allow the dust to spread throughout your whole house. Make sure that you properly prepare your workspace before you begin the renovating process.