Once drywall has been installed, the installation process itself will be finished with both joint compound and drywall tape. The mixture is designed to help cover up any screws in the drywall itself, as well as giving the seams a smoother finish. Once the compound has been applied, you will then need to sand the material until it becomes smooth, which will also provide exceptional, white dust throughout the space in which you are working. Once you sand the compound, the next thing you will need to do is clean your installed drywall. This will help to remove any and all dust before you begin painting. If you don’t clean the drywall, the leftover dust can and will interfere with how the paint adheres to it. Furthermore, removing the dust as soon as possible also prevents it from traveling throughout your home. Here are some useful tips on drywall cleaning after sanding.
Considerations To Make A Note Of When Dry Walling
As previously stated, sanding your drywall will create dust that will travel throughout the air. The Centers for Disease Control have gone on record of saying that some joint compounds contain silica, which, if inhaled, can result in severe issues including silicosis and lung cancer. While inhaling this type of dust can be dangerous to your health, you should never inhale dust from joint compounds that don’t contain silica either, as doing so can create equally severe breathing issues, including aggravating asthma for those who suffer from it. The best way to avoid breathing in this dust is always to wear a particle face mask, which will ultimately cover both your nose and mouth.
Preparations You Should Make When Doing Drywall
Before partaking in any sanding work, be sure to first turn off any heaters and air conditioners in your home, as this will prevent any dust from being brought into the ductwork. From there, take a box fan and place it into an opened window, ensuring that it faces outward so that the dust can be blown out of the space in which you are working. Be sure to wear a particle face mask, as well as either a stocking cap or hat and a long-sleeved shirt. If there is a lot of drywall dust in your workspace, wearing protective goggles will also be a good idea as well.
Protecting Your Floors
Before you begin sanding, take the time to sprinkle sweeping compound onto your floor, which will help to keep dust on the ground itself and make it a lot easier to remove without it getting into the air. Regarding using the compound, always follow the directions that have been laid out by the manufacturer to achieve the best results. Typically, you will need to wait at least 24 hours after applying the compound to obtain the best results. Once the 24 hours has passed, you can then remove the dust from your floor using a shop vacuum. Do not use a traditional house vacuum, as the dust will only clog it.
Cleaning Other Surfaces
Find a cloth and wet it with water, making sure that you also squeeze it until the cloth is almost completely dry. From there, begin wiping down the drywall itself starting at the top. As previously stated, your drywall cannot have any dust on it before doing any painting work, as the dust could prevent the paint from sticking well. Additionally, it’s important to note that the cloth you use may end up causing the surface to dampen, meaning that you should allow the surface to dry before painting. In addition to the drywall, you should also take the time to clean any windows or doors in the area, as well as horizontal surfaces including windowsills, light switches, the tops of ceiling fans. You will also need to rinse your cloth frequently while you work. After all, surfaces have been wiped down; you may likely need to vacuum your floor to help clean up any excess dust.
Alternatives To Joint Compound
Joint compounds that produce less dust are considered to be a great alternative to more traditional compounds. While drywall is being sanded, the dust will typically fall to the floor rather than fly around in the air. Because of this, it will be easier to sweep or vacuum, meaning you will not have to use any sweeping compound. It’s still a good idea to wear the proper protective gear on your nose and mouth while using an alternative compound, however, just to be safe.
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