Four Things To Cover Before You Begin A Demolition Project

To successfully complete a demolition project in your home, you need to have a plan for dealing with the mess. Perhaps the biggest mess that is produced during demolition is dust, which can go airborne and coat a multitude of surfaces when you begin to break apart sheets of drywall. You don't want to have to devote a significant amount of time to cleaning up the dust that has covered everything around the demolition site, so it's important to take some time to covering certain things before you swing a hammer for the first time. Here are four things to be sure that you cover.

Room Openings

To prevent the spread of dust well beyond the demolition site, you must cover any room openings. For example, if you're doing demolition in a living room, you should cover the openings that lead from this space to the hallways and beyond. Taping a tarp with painter's tape is an effective approach; just be sure that you don't leave any gaps. If there are doors that cover these opening, shut them to reduce the amount of space that you need to cover. However, you should still cover the gaps below the doors.

Floor Registers

If there are floor registers in the room for pushing cool or warm air from your air conditioner or furnace, you want to make sure that these are also covered. Otherwise, they'll fill with drywall dust that will give you an unpleasant surprise long after the demolition work is done. Floor registers are quick and easy to cover with tape and pieces of cardboard cut to size.

Things Left Behind

Before you begin a demolition project, you should always remove any items from the room that you can — otherwise, you'll have to spend a considerable amount of time removing drywall dust from them after the fact. If there are articles that you cannot remove, you must cover them carefully. Depending on the size and shape, bed sheets taped to the floor or walls can be effective.


Don't forget the importance of covering yourself before you begin the demolition work. Doing so goes beyond wearing eye protection and a dust mask. You also want to prevent getting covered in dust and then carrying it elsewhere in the house by accident. A second layer of clothing is a good idea. After the demolition is done, you can remove this outer layer and take it directly outside to shake out.