Dust Control: A Complete Guide
Dust control during an interior renovation isn’t just a matter of cleaning up surface dust. The name of the game is dust containment. You want to proactively mitigate the risks dust poses, like respiratory illness and permanent damage to furniture and electronics. Doing so can save health, money, and reduce stress by preventing expensive dust damage and cleanup. What types of projects require dust control, and what materials should you use? Read on for a pro’s guide to dust control solutions.
Goals of Dust Control
Before you create a dust control program, it’s important to know what you’re seeking to accomplish. Typically, the main goals are to:
- Keep dust off furniture
- Avoid damage to cabinets
- Protect floors and carpets
- Ensure adjoining areas do not accumulate dust
Look around the room you’re seeking to renovate. Do you have any additional goals to add to this list? Write them down before consulting with a dust control solutions provider. That way you can explain exactly what your concerns are.
Effective Dust Control Materials
With so many dust control materials available on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one for your needs. Depending upon where you are mitigating dust, what you are covering, and if the construction job calls for a fire-retardant containment solution, you have a variety of Americover products to choose from. Several of our products are suitable for fire-retardant dust protection and can be customized for specific uses across various industries.
While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, let us walk you through a few of our best-selling materials here at Americover:
6 Mil String Reinforced Poly
String-reinforced plastic sheeting is the most commonly used material for dust control, with 6 mil thickness being the most cost-effective choice. Scrim reinforcement between layers of polyethylene makes string reinforced sheeting durable yet lightweight, while fire retardant and anti-static features provide maximum protection.
Fire-Retardant and Anti-Static
Anti-static and fire-retardant containment sheeting is especially necessary for construction dust control in the telecommunications industry, which requires all materials stored overnight to be “completely covered” with a fire-retardant tarp clearly marked to meet NFPA 701 or UL214 standards. Schools, hospitals, and residential complexes usually have similar requirements.
Rapid Wall Cover
Looking for a light-duty material that will cling to virtually any surface? Rapid Wall Cover® by Americover is made with a non-adhesive film pre-attached to a non-transferring painter’s tape that quickly and flexibly covers everything from walls and doors to furniture, appliances, and more. The cover is great for a home remodeling project, because it’s easy to install and leaves no damage when removed.
Carpet cover, or “carpet masking,” is a go-to solution for home dust control during a renovation. Carpet cover, while only 3 mils thick, is surprisingly strong and able to withstand heavy foot traffic. Many contractors prefer Americover’s carpet cover, because it is puncture and tear-resistant. The cover is also easy to remove after the job is complete as all dust and dirt can be rolled into the film.
Large-scale construction projects call for an industrial-strength, multi-surface cover that can be used for floors, sinks, tubs, cabinets, countertops and just about any other hard surface. A water-based adhesive system like that on Americover’s multi-surface cover is beneficial for easy removal with no residue. This solution can last up to 45 days, serving as a “second skin” to the items covered.
Heavy-Duty Dust Control
For jobs that require a combination of brawn and finesse, we recommend 10-mil heavy-duty plastic sheeting. Combined with quality material, a thicker sheeting solution provides additional protection against scratches, tears, punctures, and other damage that would allow dust to infiltrate surfaces.
Shop Americover Online
Are you starting an interior remodeling project and worried about dust damage? Shop Americover’s heavy-duty plastic sheeting online, or call us at 760-747-6095 to speak with one of our representatives about dust control solutions for your project.