How to get rid of post-construction dust

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How to get rid of post-construction dust
Expect to vacuum several times to fully remove dust. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The excitement of a newly remodelled room can fizzle quickly when you realise that everything in sight is covered in a thick layer of dust. While construction dust does not pose the same threats as your run-of-the-mill household dust, it can quickly collect pathogens that promote the spread of bacteria and other disease throughout your home. Not to mention, any allergy sufferers will most likely be miserable until you get the mess cleaned up.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • HEPA vacuum cleaner filter
  • Broom
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Towels
  • Duster
  • Used dryer sheets
  • Furnace and air conditioning filter
  • Steam cleaner for floors, can be rented

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  1. 1

    Replace your old vacuum cleaner filter with a HEPA--high-efficiency particulate air--filter. Without the proper filter, vacuuming can stir up and even spread dust through your house. HEPA filters ensure that your vacuum catches as much of the dust particles as possible.

  2. 2

    Sweep as little as you can manage. While some sweeping will probably be necessary, careless sweeping will just spread the dust. Whenever possible, use a vacuum to remove dirt and dust from your hard floors.

  3. 3

    Dust everything. You've probably thought to dust windowsills, shelves, frames and furniture, but don't forget that walls, windows and doors can attract dust, too. Drape a dampened towel over the end of a broom and use it to remove dust from the high parts of your walls. Then use a soft cloth or used dryer sheets to dust baseboards and other surfaces. You'll probably have to dust multiple times.

  4. 4

    Change your furnace and/or air conditioning filter to one with the highest MERV--minimum efficiency reporting value--you can find. Filters with a high MERV help reduce the spread of dust by trapping it as air moves through the unit.

  5. 5

    Remove your vent covers and clean your ducts with a vacuum cleaner attachment. Doing this will help catch any particles that didn't get trapped in the new filter.

  6. 6

    Steam clean your tile and hardwood floors. Many times, construction dust can settle in small cracks and faults in hard floors, making it difficult to remove. A floor steam cleaner, along with whatever cleaning solution you normally use on you floor, should do the trick.

  7. 7

    Vacuum again. You'll probably need to go over your floor several times to get rid of the heavy dust. Check your filter and vacuum bag frequently. They'll be picking up a lot more particles than usual.

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