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  • Writer's pictureBrady Grewe

Maintaining a Clean Home During Water Restoration: Essential Steps and Strategies

Updated: Jul 7

Plastic taped up with a tension pole for containment
Containment on a Water Damage Job

Restoration efforts can be disruptive, but keeping your home clean throughout the process is possible with the right approach. Minimizing the amount of debris that travels through your home and into the areas you are living in is vital after water or fire damage. I work for lots of people who have small children and do not want their kids breathing in anything damaging. Also, they do not want debris all over the place in their home. I am going to share the tips that we use and suggest to our homeowners. 

1. Clear and Protect Belongings:

Before restoration begins, remove and safely store belongings from the affected areas to prevent damage and contamination. Use plastic sheeting or tarps to cover furniture and valuables in nearby rooms to shield them from dust and debris.

2. Establish Containment Areas:

Set up containment barriers, such as plastic sheeting or zip walls, to isolate the restoration work area from unaffected parts of the home. This helps contain dust and debris, minimizing the spread of contaminants and maintaining a cleaner environment. We use tension poles to help hold the plastic up and they work wonders so that the plastic does not fall down. 

3. Implement Dust Control Measures:

Use dust control techniques, such as wet wiping and vacuuming with HEPA filters, to keep dust and airborne particles at bay. Regularly clean surfaces and floors in adjacent rooms to prevent dust buildup and maintain cleanliness throughout the home.

4. Schedule Regular Cleaning Sessions:

Plan regular cleaning sessions during restoration to keep the home tidy and organized. Assign specific tasks to family members or hire professional cleaners to ensure thorough cleaning of affected and unaffected areas as work progresses.

5. Use Protective Coverings:

Cover flooring and surfaces with protective coverings, such as floor runners or cardboard, to shield them from damage during restoration activities. Remove coverings regularly to clean and inspect underlying surfaces for any signs of damage or contamination.

6. Maintain Ventilation and Air Quality:

Keep windows and doors open, if possible, to promote ventilation and air circulation during restoration. Use air purifiers and fans to improve indoor air quality and reduce odors associated with restoration materials and processes. Professional crews will use HEPA air scrubbers that capture and filter a large volume of air to help keep everything clean and the air healthy to breathe. 

7. Communicate with Restoration Team:

Maintain open communication with the restoration team to address any concerns or specific cleaning needs. Provide access to cleaning supplies and equipment as needed and collaborate to develop a cleaning schedule that aligns with the restoration timeline.

8. Conduct Final Clean-Up:

Upon completion of restoration work, conduct a thorough final clean-up to remove any remaining dust, debris, or construction materials. Wipe down surfaces, vacuum carpets, and mop floors to restore cleanliness and order to the home.

A Clean Home Throughout Restoration

With careful planning and proactive measures, homeowners can maintain a clean and organized home during restoration projects. By following these essential steps and strategies, you can minimize disruption, protect your belongings, and ensure a cleaner, healthier living environment throughout the restoration process.

Warm regards,

Brady Grewe


Renew by Grewe Restoration


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