Tuesday, August 1, 2017

7 Tips To Keeping Clean While Renovating

Remodeling, whether it's at home or at a workplace, is an extremely dusty and dirty task. Renos usually lasts for days, weeks, or months. This means you're most likely going to have a mess for the whole duration of the project. Lucky you!

We've come up with 7 tips to help you (and your team) keep clean and tidy while your space is getting re-done. Taking preventative measures early on eases the cleanup process in the end. Let's get on to the tips:

1. Utilize The Outdoors As Much As Possible

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What's a great way to keep dust and debris out of the house?
Never bring it in! It's summer, take advantage of the sunshine and great weather. Cut wood outside, sand and finish outside, and if it's not windy, paint outside (if possible). This way, you're only fastening items inside the room and minimizing the amount of saw dust, sanding dust, and paint splatters that make it's way into the room.

2. Isolate Areas To Be Remodeled

Keep the area being renovated LITERALLY under wraps. If you require the whole room to be renovated, seal the doorway. If you only require half the room and want to keep the other half clean, seal only the space you need with temporary walls. This can be done using huge sheets of plastic that are securely attached to the ceiling and floor as well as along both sides to prevent any dust from escaping. Some people use strong tape to attach the plastic to surfaces and while tape works well, if the wrong tape is used, it can leave residue or peel paint off the original surface. A better method can be found using Dust Containment Kits. These kits are excellent for building temporary rooms or walls because they use height adjustable poles that lock the sheet of plastic in place from ceiling to floor. Wondering how you'll get into the temporary room? Cut the plastic wall partially up the middle from the ground, enough to make a slit that you can walk through. Use self-adhering zipper tape to create a door that can be zipped opened and closed.

Wrap It Up!

If there are any large pieces of furniture or appliances in the area, wrap them up with plastic and seal it with tape. Only do this before you start the project and unwrap after the surrounded area has been cleaned.

Shut The Door

Another quick tip that’s easy and FREE: if you're only renovating one area, keep all the other doors in the building SHUT. Dirt and dust particles fly through the air and if a door is shut, it will just stay on the door rather than inside the room behind it, saving you tons of time when it comes to your full clean up.

3. Protect The Floor

People walk in and out of a site constantly throughout the day. Tools, equipment, and opened cans and buckets are placed on the floor that can easily damage the floor. To prevent any stains or scratches: lay down floor protection. Floor protection includes sheets of cardboard or plastic that cover a large area. To make sure no area of floor is missed, tape the sheets together at the edges. They help protect the floor by acting as a barrier between the floor and someone's dirty steel toe boots, spilt chemicals, glues, paints, liquids, dirt, debris, sharp edges, that can somehow land on the floor and damage it. 
Surface Shields makes Builder Board™, the most durable floor protection on the market. It's spill proof and best part... it's recyclable! You can also get CarpetShield, which is a protective self-adhesive protective film that works on all types of carpeting. While yes, it's a film meaning it's thin, it is conveniently non-slip and has a tear resistant surface.


Get workers to wear ShoeCovers! Whether they're to be worn outside only to keep shoes clean, or inside to keep the floor clean, they will definitely help in aiding the prevention of entry of outside dirt.

Make A Path

Using Builders Board or Carpet Shield, create a path that you would like the workers to use when walking into and around the building. Controlling how the mess gets in and out helps for cleaning up.

4. Turn Off The Heating And Cooling System

Prevent the circulation of dust through the ducts and into other rooms by keeping your heating and cooling systems off. When dust goes into the ducts, it gets circulated into other parts of the building. If you must have the heat and cooling on, it should be during the times that work is not being done, however, until the job site is completed, there will be more dust in the air than normal.

5. Vacuum Equipped Tools

Some tools have a dust extractor which essentially means that the tool can suck up most of the dust it generates as it's being used. While this isn't as good of a solution as only using power tools outside, it can help reduce the dust if you're required to use them indoors.

6. Clean Daily

At the end of each day, clean! Sweep up the dust, garbage, debris, dirt, and whatever else is on the floor and discard it. Don't let it pile up because it'll only be kicked around the ground and in the air when it's time to start work the next day.

7. Make Sure Everyone's On Board

If you have hired a contractor, the contractor should be clear about cleanliness and should pass down the message to his team. When everyone is on the same page about keeping the dust, debris, and dirt to a minimum, keeping a cleaner space will seem effortless.

Thank you for checking out our tips. If you have any questions regarding products that can help your remodeling process, feel free to email one of our experts by clicking here! Keep up with our blog by subscribing to our e-newsletter here and like us on Facebook! Have a great day.


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