Protect Your Home From the Wear and Tear of Remodeling

A broom sweeping up drywall dust.

Remodeling is one messy job. The dust and debris created by all this do-it-yourself remodeling can sometimes be an afterthought, but one that can ultimately become a big problem in your home. Remodeling dust especially is super fine and can therefore get onto and into everything including drawers, cabinets, and electronics. To protect your belongings and prevent any damage to them and your home, take the extra time to be cautious and safeguard your stuff from the powdery dirt that remodeling creates.

Move Everything

To keep your belongings as clean as possible and protect them from the dust and debris that floats around during remodeling, move them to rooms and sections of the house that are not being remodeled. You may even want to consider renting a storage space for these things to protect them as best you can. Consider moving everything including furniture, electronics, knick-knacks, and pictures. If you have large furniture or other items that cannot be moved, they will need to protected and covered with plastic.

Create Air Flow

All that powdery dust has to settle somewhere, unless you can get it to move out of the house by pushing the air outside. There are a few ways to do this. First, make sure to turn off the air conditioning, heating, and vent systems in the house, as these can create quite the mess by carrying dust and debris through the air vents. Open all the windows you can. And use fans, directing them out the windows to carry the dust outside.

Plastic and Painter’s Tape

Large plastic sheeting will be your best friend as you remodel your home. It is the ultimate protector, as it stops dust in its tracks. Use large sheets of plastic to cover any furniture that must remain in the area that is being remodeled. Wrap the plastic around the furniture, making sure to seal it up with some painter’s tape. Be careful not to put the tape on any delicate furniture surfaces, instead wrapping the plastic and taping it to itself.

Plastic sheeting should also be used for sealing doors, windows, and air vents. For each of these, cut large pieces of plastic that are at least a foot larger on each side than the door, window, or vent. Tape the plastic over the space with painter’s tape, all the way around the edges so that the hole is completely sealed all the way around. Do this for any windows, doors, and vents that go into other rooms of the house that are not being remodeled. This will prevent all the dirty stuff floating through the air from getting into the clean rooms in your house and keep it away from your precious belongings.

Any doors that will still be in use should be sealed with two pieces of plastic, with one on each side of the entrance, whether the door leads outside or into other rooms of the house. This allows for anyone using the door to walk through one piece of plastic, then to pause briefly before walking through the second piece of plastic. This keeps much more dust at bay.

Paper and Foam

Big sheets of paper can but used to cover and protect items from dust, but use it over plastic for extra protection, as paper is not waterproof. If there is any painting taking place, paint will seep right through paper and damage the flooring or carpet. Use paper or large pieces of foam to provide extra protection for floors and carpets, since ladders and tools can easily tear through plastic.

Sheets and Tarps

Use plastic tarps to cover furniture, floors, or other items you would use plastic to cover. Tape it down all the way around the edges. Plan ahead, however, since tarps are large and cannot easily be cut down to a smaller size. Sheets can be used as extra protection for almost anything in your home.


Put down old rugs, blankets, and inexpensive cloth or carpet to create a pathway through the rooms. This will prevent dirt, dust, and debris from being tracked through the house. Make sure that everyone walks on this pathway only, unless they’re doing work in other areas.

Sweep and Vacuum

While it may seem like a tedious task, make sure to sweep and vacuum every single day. Repeat: make sure to sweep and vacuum every single day. This keeps the dust down to a minimum and eliminates the possibility of it moving around the house on people’s shoes, feet, belongings, or when doors open.