Renovation projects may bring dirt in, generate dust or result in spilled paint. You may have carpeted, tiled, hardwood or vinyl floors – but they all need to be projected from the mess your renovation project could make of them. Here are a few tips on how to keep your house clean during home remodeling projects. We’ll also discuss which type of floor protectors you need depending on the type of floor and the hazards to which they’re exposed.
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Isolate the Area
There are a number of ways you can do this. You may want to put up barrier sheets to contain any debris created by the construction project. That limits how much dust could reach the rest of the house. Another tactic is setting up clear travel paths for workers and materials. If you specify which doors they enter through and the route they take, they won’t track dirt and debris through other parts of your home. When the home improvement project is in an inside room, you’ll want to put in a protective path that shields your floors from debris, dents and other damage. You’d benefit, too, by creating such a protective path to the bathroom these workers may be using. Then they won’t be tracking in the mud or accidentally smearing wet paint on their way to a kitchen sink to wash up.
Cover It Up
If you can’t move it out of the way or the exposure risk is somewhat low, you can cover it up. For example, you may not be able to carry that vanity out of the room being renovated. Or you want to cover up the nice couch so that you don’t have to worry about sawdust potentially getting into the fabric. Some people select floor protection based on the price. Paper sheets are cheap, but they only last one use and don’t absorb liquids well. Canvas drop cloths are expensive but reusable, though heavy spills may seep through. Plastic tarps always resist liquid, though they may be slippery in their own right unless they have a fabric backing.
Consider the type of floor you want to protect when selecting a means of floor protection. For example, if you just had new tiles or engineered wood floors put in, the protective layer needs to allow the floor to breathe or else you risk delaying the next stage of work. Trimaco’s X-board allows a floor to continue the curing process while protecting the new floor from paint, water, or mud.
Clean Up Daily
Sweeping up each night will minimize how much debris could get spread to the rest of the house. Picking up tools and materials also reduces the risk of accidents. Take the time to sweep up the area around the remodeling area, too, to keep any stray debris from spreading to the rest of the house. Vacuum with a soft-bristled attachment before you dust your home. This ensures that hardwood floors and furniture won’t be scratched now by the vacuum or later by the wood debris being pushed around.
Keep up with your normal home cleaning routine while a renovation goes on. This prevents the rest of your home from seeming like an unresolvable mess.
We’ve provided a number of tips to help keep your home as clean as possible during a renovation project. Following these tips won’t eliminate the need for a final cleanup, but it will make the task as short as possible.