Remodeling projects can generate a significant amount of dust and debris, which can pose a hazard to your furniture, floors, and air conditioning system--not to mention your sanity. Whether you're undertaking a project of your own or hiring a professional, such as Colorado Cleanup Corporation, if any measure of demolition is going to be involved, there are several things you can do beforehand to protect your belongings and your home.
1. Contain the area.
In addition to keeping doors to the area being remodeled closed as much as possible, one relatively low-cost way to keep the dust and dirt from spreading through your home is to invest in some inexpensive plastic sheets that can be hung over doorways and other access points. Plastic can be found at most home improvement stores, along with painter's tape, which you can use to attach the plastic to the wall or ceiling. Lay a board across the bottom of the plastic to create a complete seal. Overlapping two pieces of plastic can allow workers to enter and exit the area with minimal transfer of debris.
2. Tarp the floor.
Use a plastic sheeting and craft paper or foam board to protect your floors during a demolition project: Prep the area by vacuuming the floor thoroughly, then covering all flooring with plastic sheets, taping all edges, and extending the plastic to cover the baseboards and a small portion of the wall. In areas of hardwood floor that will see a lot of traffic during the demolition, lay foam board over the plastic, then cover again with plastic, taped into place. In carpeted areas, lay craft paper over the plastic and secure it with tape.
3. Turn off your heating and cooling system.
If possible, avoid running your air conditioner or heater during the course of the remodel. Sucking dirt into these systems can strain the machinery and result in costly repairs down the road. If keeping the heating and AC off is not an option, close off registers in the area where demolition is being done and doing as much dirty work as possible in the yard or garage. An additional precaution you can take is vacuuming often, at least at the end of each day's work, to remove any dirt or dust that has settled on the ground or other surfaces.
4. Use fans.
If the remodel area includes windows, you can use a standing fan to suction dust outside. Facing the running fan toward the open window when any work is being done will force the dust outside and keep it outside due to the pressure difference.