Cabinet, countertop and tile installation can generate a lot of dust, but with any kitchen remodel job, it’s easy to lose sight of this detail among everything else that’s going on. It’s important not to overlook it though, and it’s a fairly quick and simple task that really pays off. Be thorough because there is no such thing as overkill when it comes to managing this kind of mess. Here are a few simple tips:
1) Cover the doorways. Buy .5 mil or thicker plastic and tack it up above the doorways to the kitchen. It’s also helpful to cover any other openings to nearby rooms and closets and keep them closed. It doesn’t stop all the dust but it makes a big difference.
2) Protect the furniture. It’s up to you to take care of that heirloom china cabinet or your walnut dining room set. Be proactive and drape the furniture with thin .2-.3 mil plastic. Take down anything hanging on the wall or drape it with thin plastic, too.
3) Put away decorative items. It’s a big hassle to have to dust all the knick-knacks just because you forgot to cover them. And the installers won’t know if that mid-19th century Bavarian shaving mug is a treasured possession or an unwelcome gift from your Aunt Cecile, so unless you actually want something to be broken or chipped, get it out of harms’ way.
4) Think about the floors. Put down canvas drop cloths, heavy plastic or old shower curtains to cover the carpets and hard-surface flooring. Construction dust is pretty fine and not something you want to vacuum up with a household vacuum cleaner because it can damage the motor. When it’s time to vacuum up, use a shop vac for the dust, it’s designed for the job.
5) Leave it at the kitchen door. Put old throw rugs at the doorways and wipe your feet each time you leave the kitchen so you don’t track dust into the rest of the house.
6) Avoid the work zone, avoid the dust. Limit trips to and from the kitchen and find a room at the other end of the house where you can read, surf the net or do something else entertaining or productive. Staying out of the work zone while the installers are at work will cut down on the chance that the dust migrate throughout your house.
7) Afterward, clean any nearby carpets. Get up the dust by using a good carpet cleaner with plenty of suction. This is a tougher job than your average household carpet cleaner can usually handle.
8) Enjoy your new kitchen!