Are you in the midst of a renovation? Or about to start one? As exciting as it will be, there are always downfalls during the process. One that many people struggle with is the mess. During a renovation not only will there be building supplies and tools around, but there will also be parts of your home that you may need to box up or relocate. This results in clutter and disorganization. Oh and the dust. So. Much. Dust. If you are planning a renovation, you need to succumb to the fact that there will be dust in and around your home. But there are ways that you can protect your home from building dust.

Dust and vacuum daily
As horrible as it sounds, dusting surfaces and vacuuming daily will help to reduce the amount of dust in the home. If you aren’t doing it regularly it will result in a build up on your floors and in your belongings. Because of the different materials being used throughout the renovation the dust particles may cause damage to different surfaces or belongings if its not cleaned away regularly.
Use a damp cloth or microfibre cloth to wipe down surfaces as this will help to hold onto the dust and not transfer it through the air – last thing you want is to be dusting the same spot twice!

Limit use of close rooms
For rooms that are located close to the renovation, try to limit the use to them (if possible) That way you can seal off the rooms and prevent as much dust as possible from entering. You can seal the doors and windows with plastic sheeting if you are not planning on entering them as at during the renovations.
These rooms can then also become a space to store important piece of furniture that you do not want exposed to the dust throughout the renovation.

Use plastic sheeting
As uncomfortable as it may sound, using plastic sheeting over furniture such as your lounges and dining chairs will help reduce the dust getting on them. The plastic sheeting will be a lot easier to wipe down with a damp cloth, rather then trying to vacuum the material to remove it.
Plastic sheeting can also be taped down over the top of any carpet that you have to avoid dust particles impending themselves it in.
A daily vacuum will still be required, but it will be a lot easier than trying to get it out of the carpets.

No shoes inside
Many people already have the rule that shoes aren’t to be worn inside. But if it is not a rule in your home, it should be during your renovation.
If shoes are being worn inside, it is likely that they will bring with them plenty of dust and dirt from outside. If you are having to walk through building materials or directly where the renovations are to enter the home, you’re very likely to transport it all in with you.

Use a steam mop
After you have dusted and vacummed at the end of each day, the use of a steam mop is ideal.
Not only will it help to pick up any dust that has settled again. But it will also provide an antibacterial clean to your surfaces. A multi use steam mop can be used on floorboards, tiles and bench tops.
Steam mopping is also a lot quicker and easier than a traditional mop where you need to fill up a bucket and manually mop. It also dries a lot quicker as well.

Renovations can be stressful at times. There is a lot going on, with different people in and out of your home. If you feel that the stress of trying to keep your home clean, tidy and livable during the renovations is too much for you – why not consider relocating during the construction.
If you have family or friends you can stay with it be make it a lot more affordable. You can still pop around to the home to check on everything, do a quick vacuum and mop before leaving again for the day. This is definitely an ideal option if you have inquisitive little kids that want to be in and amongst it all.

Whichever you decide, remember to focus on the end picture – it will help you through.


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