Drywall dust is nasty! It gets all
over the house, in the heating ducts, furniture, etc. It destroys or
plugs up vacuum cleaners and shop vacs. So how does one deal with
I have found a fairly good method:
First, close off the room so the dust is contained. Then sweep up
all the dust & debris and discard it. There will still be a lot of
finer dust left. You deal with the finer dust by blowing a fan out the
window with the screen removed! In fact, I will even sweep
vigorously over the floor several times to raise dust so that it is blown
out the window. If you can, use existing winds entering other
windows to help blow the dust out the window you have open. Then,
use a damp mop to mop the floor (if not carpet), or use a shop vac for
vacuuming drywall dust that is left. Clean up the floor several times
during the entire job with fan running as you do, and you can minimize the
mess in the rest of your house!
In the photo note that the window fan blows the dust outside!
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