How do I get rid of all the new house construction dust?

kgoreOctober 25, 2009

We are almost done with construction on our new house. There is so much dust and fine sanding particles floating in the air. I was curious to know if there is anyway to remove all those little particles before kicking on the A/C and moving in.

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jannie

Wipe with damp sponges, dispose of the sponges as you go. I did this when we had our floors sanded. Could you believe there was even dust inside my closed kitchen cabinets? Luckily that was before we had kids, so our babies weren't exposed to that cr@p.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2009 at 10:02AM
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brutuses

Start with cleaning the walls, windows and high shelves, moldings, etc. Use an extension pole with a damp mircrofibre if you're not into ladders. I found a large microfibre mop works great for dusting the walls. Don't forget the dust clings to wood moldings, windows, top of doors and their frames, light fixtures and the bulbs too!!

Literally, you have to wipe down every surface, whether it be in front of you, above you, hiding from you or beneath you. LOL

Vacum the floor really well after you're finished with all the other surfaces then mop with a mild solution of vinegar and water. Of course if you have carpets, just vacum really well.

I just started cleaning our new new house and boy, it is not an easy taste. Well, it's easy in that the dust comes right up, but there is so much to clean!! Good luck.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2009 at 12:31AM
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kateskouros

i typically hire a cleaning service ...and then when they leave i wipe everything down again myself. if anything it makes it a tad easier!

    Bookmark   October 31, 2009 at 7:50PM
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ebear1271

I would get the ducts cleaned first. you can wipe your heart out (or your arms!) but it's all going to be back in the air when you turn your furnace on. You won't believe the stuff that is in your ducts from construction!

    Bookmark   November 4, 2009 at 11:24AM
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ebear1271

slightly off topic, but a testament to the changing times. When we moved into our new house 12 years ago my mom couldn't believe the dust everywhere. She said when they moved into their new house, almost 40 years ago now, it was move in ready. No dust or dirt.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2009 at 1:00PM
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catkin

I hear there's a drywall that drops its dust to the floor when cut (and minimizes the mess) unlike most that linger/swirl around in the air.
Has anyone heard of this?

    Bookmark   November 29, 2009 at 3:49PM
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norcalpeetnik

Good cleaning tips everyone!

I found that my furnace filter needed to be changed almost once a month for 4 -6 months after we moved in post-remodel. Now we're back to changing it once a year, so I figure that it was due to all the lingering construction dust.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2009 at 9:08PM
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