Drywall dust is a legitimate concern when it comes to a remodeling and/or painting project. It’s important to prepare the drywall and make sure it’s in perfect condition moving forward. How do you go about doing this without damaging the wall?
Here is a detailed look at how to clean drywall dust off walls safely, effectively, and professionally.
1. Vacuum the Drywall
Begin by taking a vacuum cleaner, grabbing a brush attachment, and running it over the drywall. This step is going to pick up a considerable amount of dust without damaging anything. It’s important to start here and then look at other options.
2. Use a Microfiber Cloth
Once you have vacuumed the wall, it is time to start wiping away at the top surface. It should be done with a soft microfiber cloth in small sections (2 ft x 2 ft). It’s important to remain methodical during this step for maximum results.
3. Wash the Wall Using Soapy Water and Sponge
Washing the wall doesn’t mean you are going to take a bucket of cold water and splash it at the wall Instead, you are going to create a soapy mixture (mild dish soap is fine). Gently press the mixture against the drywall using a sponge.
Do it patiently and make sure the wall isn’t completely soaked by the sponge. It’s only about getting the dust to come off using your soapy water and sponge combination.
If done right, you are going to start to notice a change in the drywall and how it looks. Most of the dust is going to come off with this simple step.
4. Let the Wall Dry
The final step is to let the wall dry. It will take a few hours. Make sure to grab a black rag and rub it against the wall after it’s been dried to let you know whether or not excess dust is still leftover.
If necessary, it’s okay to repeat the washing process as long as you do it gently. The goal should be to get most of the dust off before beginning a new painting project. It will ensure the paint settles nicely and looks good from all angles.
Take the time to analyze the drywall and make sure every last inch has been cleaned. This is going to make a tremendous difference and could add value to your upcoming project.