Tips for how to clean up drywall dust

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Tips for how to clean up drywall dust
Cleaning up drywall dust can be a challenge. (Amy Eckert/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A home improvement project that involves drywall will also involve an inordinate amount of dust. Because you must sand new drywall to make it smooth and even, your home will quickly be covered under a fine, white drywall dust. After you finish sanding the drywall, you will then have the task of removing the drywall dust from your home. Clean up drywall dust to restore your home's clean interior and finish the remodelling project.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Plastic sheeting
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Pedestal floor fan
  • Wet/dry vacuum cleaner
  • Standard vacuum cleaner with attachments

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  1. 1

    Close off the room with the new drywall from the rest of your home. Close doors, if possible. If you have open doorways, hang plastic sheeting over the doorways to minimise the spread of the drywall.

  2. 2

    Dampen a microfiber cloth and use it to wipe down as many surfaces as possible. Wipe down other walls, countertops, furniture and any items you find covered in drywall dust. Rinse the cloth often and wring it out as you use it to wipe surfaces.

  3. 3

    Sweep the floor with a broom to remove as much drywall dust as possible. Collect the drywall dust in the dustpan and throw it away. Using the broom and dustpan to collect as much drywall dust as possible will keep this dust out of your vacuum cleaners, minimising the wear and tear on your vacuums.

  4. 4

    Remove the screen from one window in the room and set up the pedestal floor fan in front of the window. Turn the fan to "High" to blow as much drywall dust out the window as possible. Leave the fan blowing for as long as it takes to remove the visible drywall dust from the room. Consider sweeping while the fan runs to stir up as much drywall dust as you can while the fan blows it out the window.

  5. 5

    Remove the dust that remains with the wet/dry vacuum cleaner. Empty the receptacle often to keep the vacuum cleaner running properly. Switch to the standard vacuum cleaner after removing as much drywall dust as possible with the wet/dry vacuum cleaner. Use the attachments to clean surfaces above the floor.

Tips and warnings

  • Removing drywall dust can be a big job -- often you will need to repeat cleaning steps several times to remove the dust completely because it will continue to settle.
  • Wear a dust mask to keep from breathing the dust.
  • Try to remove as much dust as possible without using the vacuum cleaners because drywall dust can clog vacuums and lead to equipment failure.

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