When you are remodeling or renovating a home, or just doing some minor home improvements, it is easy to become too focused on the end product and not pay enough attention to how you are going to complete the work and what steps you should take to protect the home from excess damage or accidents.
Whenever you are planning a home improvement, you should plan out how you are going to protect surfaces and doorways from spilled paint or dust and debris, and what you are going to do to prevent dirt being spread throughout the rest of the home.
Here are a few tips on protecting a house from being damaged during the course of home improvement and steps you can take to prevent dust and debris spreading throughout the home.
Start at the Beginning
Working on a home usually means a lot of coming and going, with people walking in and out of the house and often bringing a lot of outside dirt with them.
If you are working on a home, consider laying a small number of woodchips on the paths to and from the front and back doors. This prevents mud and earth from being walked into the home by heavy work boots and absorbs any paint or liquids staining any paving stones or pathways you have outside.
Protect Every Interior Surface
Whatever work you are doing, you need to set aside some time to protect the surfaces and finishes in a room or home that you don’t wish to alter.
Floors are a great example of this. Replacing or resurfacing a floor is a time-consuming job, and is one that will often be done before decorating a room if it is being done at all. You should always cover a floor when you are working with plastic sheeting or a hard-wearing paper covering. Look for some heavy-duty tapes from a site like Trimaco to attach the sheets to one another and secure them to the floor.
Protect Corners and Edges with Cardboard
The edges of countertops, the frames of windows and doors, and the edges of shelving are all in danger of being bumped and banged by equipment or workers.
It is easy to cause damage to fixtures and fittings during home improvement, and small accidents can end up costing you big bucks. Give important and expensive edges some protection by folding up cardboard ‘bumpers’ that you can secure with more heavy-duty tape. These will give you and your surfaces some protection from damage.
Seal Off Rooms with Plastic Sheeting
If you have finished rooms that you need to protect from work that is continuing elsewhere in the house, consider sealing doors with plastic sheeting.
Anywhere air can travel, dust can travel too, so covering doorways with plastic is a good idea if you want to protect a room. It can also be an effective technique to use in the room you are working in. You can cut down on a lot of excess dust and debris by sealing the room you are working in with plastic sheeting. Just use a sharp knife or blade to slice through the sheet vertically in the center – top to bottom. Now you have a hole, you can move through while also preventing dust from traveling through the house.
Home improvements can be wonderful and rewarding. Follow some of our advice though, and make sure dust and debris don’t ruin all your hard work and lead to even more remodeling.