Dust and house painting Sydney
Dust can be a problem when painting. If there is dust in the air then it can settle on fresh paint, and ruin the finished surface. This is a bigger problem with horizontal surfaces than vertical walls. It is also a bigger problem with slow-drying paint; the longer the drying time the greater the amount of dust that will settle. Removing the dust from the air will almost always benefit, and never disadvantage any painting.
- Vacuum all floors and surfaces in any room before painting. This is especially important for ceilings. Make sure the vacuum is not releasing the dust back into the room.
- Vacuum flyscreens and blinds, or remove these before painting.
- Clean any fans, especially ceiling fans, in the room. These harbour dust.
- Cover any bookshelves or furniture that will harbour dust. Anything with small and uneven surfaces (knickknacks, shelves …etc.) is an issue.
- Cover the floor, especially carpeted floors, with groundsheets.
- Use a fan to blow air out of the room when painting. This also helps dispel fumes.
- An air filter will remove a great deal of dust; Use this the night before painting.
- If possible then raise the humidity of the room. A dry room harbours more dust. More water content in the air means less floating dust.
Modern paints that are water-based and fast-drying will have fewer issues with accumulating dust. When a painting job is done professionally there should be no issue with dust getting stuck on the paint.
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