Grand Rapids, Mich. (WOTV) - Do you remember the character Pigpen from the comic strip Charlie Brown and how the cloud of dust follows him around where ever he goes? Welcome to the world of remodeling! Here's some ways to keep clean during your next project.
1. Put up plastic between the dust and the area you would like to keep less dusty. I found the 1 millimeter plastic works well, because it's sturdy but light weight enough to be held up with painters tape. It should stay up about 3 days. (After that, you'll probably want to get rid of it just because it is so dusty!)
2. On hard surface floors such as wood, laminate or tile, put down resin paper. It's a reddish color or sometimes white paper that you can find at almost any hardware and paint store. Put it down with masking tape. You get a lot of paper for not much money and masking tape is about half the price of painters tape and will hold to the paper better. This really helps to keep the dust and dirt off the flooring surface and you can leave it down to protect from paint splatters, too.
3. Put old towels at the bottoms of your doors because even if you have plastic barriers up, the dust still seems to find its way through and the towels are just one more layer between you and dust!
4. When you're cleaning up, get a spray bottle and fill it with water. Spray drop cloths, or plastic sheeting or anything that has dust on it that you're removing. This will help keep the dust from flying around and back on you or what you just protected. (And just a reminder, never wear black while doing this part of the clean up!)
5. Change your furnace filter. If you're running your heat or air-conditioning the dust is blowing straight through your system. Change it right after a big dust event like dry walling or demolition and then once again at the end.
There is always going to be dust when you remodel, but with a few simple tips it should help keep Pigpen where he belongs. If you've had success with something you've done and want to share, leave a comment here or on our facebook page. . And as always, have fun and be creative. Remember this is 4 you.
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