How To Control Remodeling Dust – Best Practices

By Robert Robillard on Dealing With Dust

BuildClean HEPA Air Filter

Build Clean HEPA Air Filter

7.  Capture Airborne Dust

Set up and use a BuildClean HEPA air scrubber during the construction process.  This is one of the most effective ways to remove airborne dust before it settles or finds its way into other areas of the home.

We use a BuildClean air-scrubber.  The BuildClean Dust Control System provides continuous and highly effective air filtration and captures many types of dust generated during remodeling projects, including cement, insulation, silica, lead, wood, and drywall dust.

The BuildClean system can allow contractors to virtually eliminate airborne dust that results from demolition, sanding, and other standard remodeling tasks.  It removes up to 90 percent of the airborne dust generated in the remodeling process, which minimizes the migration of dust and preserves home livability even in the most challenging remodeling projects.

How To Control Remodeling Dust

8.  Capture Dust At Its Source

Capturing dust at its source is means using a HEPA vacuum to collect the dust as your making it.  Several major tool companies now make dust collection attachments to connect to SDS rotary hammers, saws, grinders, and drills.

Utilize HEPA vacuums and collect dust at its source of a generation with vacuum-equipped tools.   If you do not have a tool that accepts a vacuum hose, like a sawmill, have a helper hold the vacuum nozzle near the blade during dust-producing applications.  Misting both before and during the cutting of concrete is also helpful in reducing airborne dust.

There are three major reasons to use a BuildClean unit, they are:

  • Minimizes dust migration
  • Provides a healthier and cleaner environment
  • Lowers cleaning costs
Dust Extraction

Tool activated HEPA Vacuum Captures Dust at the Source


9.  Vacuum Don’t Sweep

Sweeping only pushes the dust around and creates airborne dust.   A HEPA vacuum not only picks up the dust but also the fine particulate dust often left behind by brooms.  Utilize high filtration multi-layer vacuum bags.

Makita 18-Volt Cyclonic Vacuum DCL500

Clean As You Go – Vacuum Don’t Sweep!

10.  Cut Materials Outside

Set up saws, sanders, and any dust-producing applications outdoors.

11.  Clean As You Go

We clean all messes as they are created.  If you leave the mess and walk through it you’re only kicking it around and grinding it into the floor protecting material.  Reducing messes as they occur keeps dirt and dust out of your shoe soles and from finding their way into the house.

Clean the entire job-site daily including vacuuming with a HEPA vacuum.

12.  Utilize a Debris Chute

Avoid carrying materials through the non- remodeled house.  Try to remove debris out windows and down chutes to the dumpster.

How To Build A Remodeling Debris Chute

Use Debris Chutes – Don’t Bring Debris Through Non-remodels Part of House

13.  Don’t Dry Mop or Dust:

Dry dusting only pushes the dust around and allows it to become airborne.  Use a damp rag or a special microfiber dusting rag to collect dust off flat surfaces, trim, sills, and furniture.

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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor

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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