How To Control Remodeling Dust – Best Practices

By Robert Robillard on Dealing With Dust

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3.  Install Sticky Mats

Install sticky mats outside all entry ways to the works site.  Sticky mats feature a tacky surface which pulls dirt and debris off shoe soles before they can contaminate  the “clean house”.

If workers must enter the non-remodeled section of the house install runners protecting the floor.  We use rosin paper and tape or specially purchased floor protection runners to line the path traveled.

How To Protect Vents From Remodeling Dust

HVAC Vent Filter – Captures and Filters Out Dust from Duct-work


4.  Seal All Heating and Cooling Vents

This is a simple step that is often over looked by contractors.   Duct work is a highway for airborne dust particle and can carry them from the renovation rooms and distribute them into other rooms.  Take the time to seal off all ducts with plastic, cardboard and tape.  Don’t forget to change the HVAC filter before and after the construction.

Look for ways that air can travel in and out of the work area and seal them off.  Learn how to keep construction dust out of HVAC vents.

5.  Remove or Cover Homeowners Property

When possible remove property from the rooms being renovated.  When not possible completely cover with plastic and seal the plastic to the floor with tape.

Reducing remodeling dust

Floor Protection Covering and Sealing of Cabinet Door Seams


6.  Protect Floors and Walls

I suggest installing resin paper on the floor and then covering the floors with Homosote or 1/4 Luan plywood with the seams taped.  Recently we have started using a product called Builder board.  Builder Board replaces the need to install Masonite.  It comes in a large roll and is easily taped to the floor.

I tape both edges, then overlap the next sheet by 3-4 inches, and tape both edges again, continuing until the floor is covered.   This paper is durable, liquid, and paint and is 100% recyclable.  There are also floor protection products on the market that look like a plastic wrap but are durable and stick to the carpet or hardwood floor.  There are other options as well such as roll-on products that stick to hardwood flooring or carpet.

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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