How to Manage Dust During Renovation and DIY Projects


No one likes a dusty shoe rack!

Whenever you perform a home improvement project indoors, you probably have to deal with dust that rises from a wide variety of material surfaces. Whether you polish a slab of marble or sand a slab of wood, you have to deal with minute particles that can cause allergic reactions, as well as diminish the appearance of a room within your home.

We have the answers to your dust controlling questions.

Science Takes Care of the Dust Dilemma

You can control dust by implementing several strategies. Yet, science gives us the best way to remove dust contaminants from a room.

Negative Pressure Ventilation (NPV)

While you spend the time and energy to remove dust by wiping room surfaces clean, your next door neighbor implemented negative pressure ventilation to remove dust from a room undergoing renovation. Negative room ventilation represents the removal of air from a room through suction.

How to Create Negative Pressure Ventilation

NPV requires you to seal tightly all of the doors within a room and turn on a window box fan. Blue tape works best for sealing the doors inside of a room. The window box fan blows air outside to provide thrust to move dust and other particulates. After installing the mobile fan, open a window on the opposite side of the room to allow some air to enter. Turn the fan on to push dust out of the box fan window.

Plastic Rules the Day

If science makes your head spin too fast, implement the time-tested method of controlling dust by covering most, if not all of a room surface with plastic. After you complete your successful home improvement project, all you have to do is tuck in the four corners of the plastic and then remove the plastic from the room. This method for controlling dust works especially well for long-term home improvement projects.

The Old Fashion Method for Controlling Dust

You need to complete a home improvement project that generates a lot of dust, such as repairing a wooden shelf or smoothing a stone area above your fireplace. However, you don’t have the time to prepare for negative pressure ventilation, so the answer to your dust control issue comes after, not before the home improvement project. The best method for controlling dust after a home improvement project involves applying a damp cloth to all of the room surfaces

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