A thick layer of dust is inevitable during the renovating and building process.🤔
Read on to discover our four expert tips for minimising the damage.
When it comes to renovating, your home will inevitably become cloaked in a thick layer of dust and debris, no matter how meticulous our tradies and planning may be. To help you keep your home neat and tidy through the build, Tamworth builder, Craig Martin of Kareela Constructions shares his top tips for a dust free home renovation.
Trades don’t go out of their way to create mess, but it does happen, just like this bathroom make over quickly developed into full demolition and rebuild.
People always underestimate the amount of dust that is generated during any sort of building or renovation work. Depending on the amount of demolition, there'll be brick or plasterboard dust in the air, sawdust on the floor and plenty of general construction debris lying around. All this could affect the air quality, scratch surfaces and hardwood floors, and cause a big mess.
The short answer to the question of how to avoid this is, you cannot.😒
So, get over it. 😉
Make your peace with the fact that for however long the build takes, you'll be wondering where it all comes from.
But take heart, neat freaks!
There are a few things you can do to limit the effects. 😁
Here are Craig’s top four tips for ensuring a dust-free home renovation...
1. Remove it
Try to make the area surrounding the site as empty as possible. This protects your furniture, special pieces and home wares and creates a safe work zone for your builder and trades. Nothing is worse than the oops moment when something has been knocked and possibly broken.
Place all the electronic devices into a safe sealed place, assuming you have a room or two that isn’t being touched by the building work, put things that you can't easily wipe clean – soft furnishings especially – in there. If you don’t have the space, hire it. You won’t regret it.
Wondering what you'll sit on? Lock up your couches and sit on milk crates or camping chairs for a month if you have to.
If you can’t live without your screen time. Put your TV, computers and electrical devices away and out of potential dust every morning before the trades arrive and start work.
Cover everything in the isolation ward in sheeting and plastic.
If you have wooden floors you should put sheeting down under your stuff as well, as dust comes up through the gaps.
Except for demolition, our tradies will do the bulk of the dust-creating work, such as sawing, outside where possible.
If possible, we will try to seal off the room with polythene sheeting and run tape around the doors. This does work best in door openings that trades are not using very often.
You can also buy zipped plastic sheeting if you need to get in and out of the area of your house not being renovated.
At the end of each day, we give a quick sweep clean, to help reduce dust spread, as part of the renovation service.
In the meantime, during the works, you can keep on top of the worst of it by vacuuming at the end of each day.
But don't get over excited and start reinstating all your stuff too soon after hand over, because the dust can still magically reappear for a week or so even after the final clean.
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