Dust-Busting: How to Minimise Household Dust from Indoor Demolition Projects

Remodeling can be messy, and if you are demolishing part of your home such as a wall during your remodeling project, the process can be extremely dusty. To reduce dust around an interior house demolition project, there are several things you can do. Check out these dust-busting ideas:

1. Keep the dust contained by covering doorways

Whether you are demolishing part of a living room or part of a basement, close off all of the entries to that space except one. To close off entries, simply close their doors, and cover them with a thick layer of plastic. Tape it firmly around the four sides of the entryway.

To make one entry accessible, hang two sheets of plastic sheeting over it. Cut slits in the sheeting so it can be moved aside, but do not put the slits in the same place. That helps to keep in dust even when someone is entering or leaving the demolition and remodeling space.

2. Turn off your HVAC system

Doorways aren't the only way dust can leave your demolition area. It can also escape through air vents. Turn off your HVAC system and cover your air vents. That can stem the flow of dust through your home.

3.  Set up an extraction fan

To further prevent the spread of airborne dust, make your own extraction fan. Simply open a window in the area where the demolition work is being done, and set a fan in the window.

Use a box fan, and turn it the opposite way. In that direction, it will work like an extraction fan, pulling dust out of the room and moving it outside.

4. Place rubber backed mats along walkways

As you and anyone else who is working on your home, walks in and out of the demolition area, you can track dust out of the area, or you can bring in dust from outside. Minimise this type of dust by laying down rubber-backed mats.

These mats, especially, if they have a slightly rough surface, can agitate the soles of your shoes, and that reduces both demolition and outdoor dust from getting around your home or into your carpets.

5. Cover floors with plastic

Regardless of your best efforts, dust may still escape and get onto your flooring. Whether you have hardwood floors or carpeting, lay sheets of polyurethane plastic over it. Use duct tape to secure the plastic sheeting to your floor boards.

If you don't want to walk on the plastic sheeting, place layers of insulating foam board over the sheeting. Tape these panels together to keep them in place, and use them as temporary flooring.