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Control That Remodeling Mess!

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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Let’s face it . Remodeling is messy. Whether you’re tearing apart a kitchen or ripping up carpet to put down wood floors. Dust, dirt, and debris are key factors.

So, aside from taking Benadryl, how can you deal with all the home improvement mess? This is particularly important if you always have one room or another torn apart. Eventually the dirty floors and the half painted rooms get to you.

If you’re doing a lot of remodeling, you can lose all sense of what is normal. (You mean most people don’t have paint chips hanging off of the bathroom wall? One place to start is at How to Clean Stuff. (Of course!)

Clean that Remodeling Dust

As with any remodeling project, the tools are the key to your happiness. A Lowe’s shop vac or similar product should do the trick. The great thing about these shop vacs is–they can vacuum water. Think wet basement. We all have to deal with that now and then.

Get the Contractor to Clean

Boy, this sounds like a no-brainer. Get the contractor to clean up after himself. Well, if you have kids you know it’s not as easy as it sounds. One approach is to talk to the contractor early on and get an understanding of what “clean” means to him. Vacuuming the dust daily (yeah!) or sweeping it once a week (not so great!)? You could also have him visit the Housekeeping Channel for tips.

When in Doubt….Cover Your Remodeling

If all else fails and you just can’t take it anymore, cover it. I’ve done this after moving into a house when all those boxes kept creeping into my peripheral vision. Get a big sheet and cover the mess, the boxes, and the baseboard you haven’t stained yet. Whatever it takes to make the mess go away. There. Much better now.

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