5 tips to help you keep your home clean dur­ing ren­o­va­tions

Sherbrooke Record - - BROME COUNTY -

There is no bet­ter time to ren­o­vate or spruce up a room than spring. But liv­ing through it can be messy. Here are five tips to help keep your home in good shape dur­ing a reno:

1. Take down dec­o­ra­tions.

Be­fore start­ing a project, re­move dec­o­ra­tions, light fix­tures and ex­tra fur­ni­ture from the room and or­ga­nize into bins. Re­mov­ing any house­hold goods that are not needed will help pre­vent them from be­com­ing dirty or dam­aged dur­ing the process.

2. Keep dust at bay.

Dust can build up quickly while re­mod­elling and can set­tle through­out your home, even out­side the space you’re up­dat­ing. For dust in the air, try an air pu­ri­fier such as the Dyson Pure Cool HEPA Air Pu­ri­fier and Fan that traps mi­cro­scopic dust and other air­borne par­ti­cles. The de­vice au­to­mat­i­cally senses in­door air qual­ity in real time and projects clean air to ev­ery cor­ner of the room.

3. Iso­late the area.

While the ren­o­va­tion is in full swing, try to keep it iso­lated from other parts of your home. Hang a plas­tic sheet be­tween rooms to help con­tain some of the dust and de­bris. If you’re kick­ing up a lot of dust, close your floor vents to help re­duce the amount of dust that trav­els to the rest of the house.

4. Vac­uum up high, down be­low and in be­tween.

De­spite your best pre­cau­tions, it’s in­evitable that de­bris from the ren­o­vated area will spill into other rooms. Take time to vac­uum reg­u­larly to keep your other liv­ing spa­ces free of dirt and dust. Use a lightweight cord­free vac­uum that has dif­fer­ent at­tach­ments to reach on top of win­dow panes, under fur­ni­ture, in be­tween up­hol­stery and on stairs.

5. Be aware of chem­i­cals in the air.

A fresh coat of paint can trans­form the look and feel of a room, but it can also emit volatile or­ganic com­pounds into the air. Ac­cord­ing to the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, VOCS may have short and long-term ad­verse health ef­fects. The Dyson Pure Cool pu­ri­fy­ing fan has a sen­sor that de­tects and cap­tures VOCS and emits cleaner air into the room.


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