How to Minimize the Mess During Renovations

If you're like most people planning a residential or commercial renovation, you'll probably have visions of how wonderful everything will look when the work is done when you're just kicking around ideas. But as it comes time to actually get the work done, some unpleasant realities usually it, such as the thought of disruptions and dirt, debris, and dust getting everywhere. While no renovation will be completely free of mess and inconveniences, there are steps you can take to make the process less disruptive for family members, employees, or customers.

Move Things Out of the Work Area

Before any work gets started, minimize the risk of unexpected damage by moving as many things out of the work area as possible. Start with larger objects such as home or office furniture. Blinds can stay up if they'll be too difficult to remove, but draperies should be taken down. Also, remove as much of your wall art and other decorative accessories as possible.

Cover Up What's Left

Make sure each individual piece of furniture that couldn't be moved is fully covered to prevent dust and debris from getting into the fabric. Plastic can also be placed on countertops and freestanding islands. Place drop cloths on the floor in the renovation areas to protect carpeting and hardwood floors. Use masking tape to keep the drop cloths in place, especially if walls will be painted as part of your renovation project. Flooring paper or protective film are some other options for areas like steps where drop cloths would get in the way.

Isolate the Area

Even if work is relegated to certain areas of your home or business, dust and debris can easily spread or get into ductwork if the renovation area isn't contained. Do this by blocking areas with plastic sheeting supported by sheeting poles and covering heating and cooling registers. Temporary walkways can be created with specially designed plastic that has zippers so workers can open to get through and close again while working in the renovation area. Use double-sided tape to create a tight seal where plastic sheets are placed.

Create Entry/Exit Paths

Further prevent debris from spreading to other parts of your home or business by creating designated paths to get to the work area. This can be done with canvas tarps in front of walkways or doors. Another option is to place paper flooring or absorbent floor protectors along the path from the entryway to the work area. Doing so can prevent dust and debris from getting stuck on shoes, which can also come in handy for times when you'll have to go to the project area to check on progress.

Whether you'll be doing most of the work yourself or hiring contractors for your renovation project, careful preparations can make it easier to endure temporary distractions until you get to the "wow" part when everything's done. Visit for more info on products you can use to make home or business renovations safer, cleaner, and less disruptive.