Floor Sanding Dust Containment

By Robert Robillard on Dealing With Dust

Hardwood Floor Sanding Dust Containment Tips

One of my excellent customers called me the other day and asked if I would coordinate having their kitchen / family room floors sanded and refinished while they were away.


These maple floors were installed approximately 15 years ago.

Kitchen floor – high traffic area – heavy wear

Hallway looking to mudroom – heavy wear [3 kids and 2 dogs helped]

Pre-Sanding Preparation

We showed up a day before the floor sanding contractor to remove the furniture, rugs and install protections for dust.
The smoke detectors in this area and the top of the stairs were covered with plastic sleeves that come with new smoke detectors. Every time I buy a new smoke detector I make sure to save these caps and reuse them on jobs like this.

Tape And Drape Saves Time

I used a tool from 3-M called the “Hand Masker M3000.” It’s a dispenser to ease the installation of the plastic and tape.

This tool is worth every penny and was a huge time saver. It holds a roll of 3M plastic 99″ long and 1-1/2″ blue tape.
The blue tape is automatically attached to the plastic as you roll it across the surface.

The fireplace has a hand carved ornate wood mask. Instead of moving it and risking damage I opted to protect it in place.

The bookcase shelves on the right and below photo was covered with plastic. I sealed the door seams with 1″ tape.

Cover HVAC Ducts

Below is a photo of a HVAC duct. the floor sanding contractor always vacuums these out after sanding but I wanted additional protection from any dust entering deeper in the ducts.

Read More – How To Protect Vents From Remodeling Dust

Turn Off The HVAC Fan

Before sanding, the heat will be turned off to prevent the dust from spreading through the house and damaging the furnace filters. Fiberglass batts will be inserted into the openings to block the dust from entering deeper into the ducts.
Below: More hanging art protected in place.

Prep Chandeliers:

Below: the dining room “antler” chandelier. We raised the chandelier and removed the bulbs in case someone switched the bulbs on.

Tape Cabinet Door Seams

This photo is looking from the family room into the kitchen. The cabinet door seams are seen taped.

Below: The butler pantry or wet bar.
We carefully stored the homeowners dining room hutch china on the counters and then covered both sides with plastic.
We removed the door to dining room in the back of this room because it will get in the way of the sanding process.
The doorway was sealed with plastic tape.
In rooms adjacent to this area and others we closed every door and taped the seams shut for redundancy.

Clean Refrigerator Coils

The Subzero refrigerator top panel was removed to clean the coils. We plan to clean the coils after sanding as well. This detail is often overlooked.
Photo Below: coils.
Dog hair found it’s way into the condenser coils. We cleaned the coils before this photo and plan to do it again after sanding.

All kitchen cabinet doors and drawer seams were sealed with 1″ blue tape to keep out fine dust.

Desk alcove.

After sealing the seams we installed tape and drape plastic over the shelves.
We removed the door on the right and installed plastic.

This kitchen had a ton of doors and drawers!

Close up of cabinet door seams that we sealed to keep out dust.
Below: The kitchen taped off.

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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 If you have a building or remodeling question you can have rob respond to your answer via video. Click here for more information. https://jointruly.com/robillard Invite code: x22r2

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