Must-Know Tips for Dust-Busting
A cleaning expert dishes the dirt on project cleanup
When asked the hardest part of a renovation, This Old House readers often answer, "The dust!" Here, California cleaning pro Jeff Murray offers tips on how to breathe easier, post-construction.
Wipe down surfaces.
Pick up as much dust as you can (and knock the rest to the floor) by using a microfiber window washer on walls and ceilings. For hard-to-clean places, like between the knobs of a pro range, use a dry soft-bristle paintbrush, which also works wonders along base molding.
Run a HEPA-filter vacuum with a soft-bristle brush attachment over all surfaces. If you don't have one, it's worth renting the backpack model to avoid dragging it around and dinging new floors.
Finish with water.
Wipe down every surface you can reach with a slightly damp reusable microfiber cloth, except for flat-finish walls and fabrics. If walls were recently painted, wait until the paint has cured (at least two weeks) before wiping with a damp cloth.