How to Get Rid of Construction Dust

How to Get Rid of Construction DustIf you’ve recently renovated your home or office, chances are the construction crew didn’t take everything with them when they left. The dust left behind can test the endurance of even the most patient soul. Blanketing your floors, windowsills, door frames – even your furniture, it can seem like you’ll never be able to get rid of it all. But you can! With the right tools and a little perseverance, you’ll be able to relax and finally enjoy your finished project. 

Before You Get Started, Arm Yourself

Before you start battling the dust, you’ll need a few weapons. Make sure you have a vacuum, a broom, tape, dryer sheets (used is best!), soft towels, air filters, a mop, a cleaner that can be used on your particular flooring, and plenty of patience!

The Key to Winning the Battle

Before dust can be removed, it must be trapped. Otherwise it will just rise into the air and fall in a new spot. Be prepared to repeat this process several times, as it can take more than one try to remove all the dust your construction crew left behind.

Air Filters

If you haven’t replaced your air filters in a while, now is a good time to do so. These filters will help catch the dust particles that are still suspended in the air or that may get kicked up as you clean. Check your filters every couple days and clean or replace them as necessary.

Don’t Forget Your Vents

Don’t forget to clean these out if you have them. Simply remove the covers and vacuum inside so they don’t blow dust out after you’ve finished the chores below. The air filters and vents should be taken care of before you begin any other work, otherwise you’ll just have more work to do.

Clean Your Walls

You may not even realize it, but construction dust can collect on your walls. Use a soft, moist towel to collect the dust and wipe it away. To reach the areas that may be out of reach, attach the towel to the end of your broom and gently brush downwards. Be careful of new paint – most paints take 30 days to cure completely and too much moisture can damage it if it’s not completely dry.

Baseboards, Ledges, Door Frames and More

Dust will collect in the most obscure places. To get the dust off your shelves, ledges, door frames, picture frames, and other level surfaces, use dryer sheets. Ones that have already been through a cycle in the dryer will collect dust like a magnet; all you need to do is wipe them along the surface and throw them away when they’re not collecting any more dust.


Spray a fine mist of water on your carpets to trap the dust and then put your vacuum to work. If your vacuum has a filter, make sure you keep an eye on it and clean or replace as it gets full. You may need to do this a few times to get all the dust, so don’t give up!

For hardwood and tile floors, grab your mop and mop as you usually would. This may also need to be done more than once, but it will eventually get everything under control.

Or You Can Totally Give Up

If you can’t get rid of the dust no matter what you try, it’s okay to call in a professional cleaning company. 1st Class Cleaning is a New-York based cleaning service that will be happy to come in and get every last bit of construction dust out of your home or office. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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