If you intend to continue living in your home whilst some renovation work is carried out on it, you must take measures to ensure that the property remains sanitary throughout this process. Given how much dirt, dust and rubbish a renovation project tends to produce, this will be no easy task. Here are a couple of tips which should help you:
Hire a skip bin
As soon as you receive confirmation from your contractor regarding the start date for the renovation work, you should contact a company in your town or city that offers skip bin services and arrange to rent one of their bins for the duration of the project.
Without skip bin services, you will struggle to keep your home in a sanitary and tidy state. Renovation work almost always creates massive quantities of rubbish, which a household refuse bin is simply not large enough to hold. As such, if you don't have at least one skip bin, you'll find that your household bin will be overflowing with refuse in a matter of days.
This, in turn, will leave you with nowhere to store any further rubbish that the construction work generates. You will end up with things like dirty painting rags, dusty old timber scraps and discarded packaging strewn around your home. This could create a very unsanitary living environment for you and your family.
Keeping one or two hired skip bins in your garden or driveway can eliminate this problem, by providing you with a spacious container in which to dispose of refuse.
Don't ignore the dust
Renovation work always creates enormous amounts of dust. Large quantities of dust can be extremely unsanitary; this substance often contains thousands of harmful viruses, fungi and bacteria that could make you or your family very sick. Dust could also cause problems if you or other household members suffer from conditions that affect your respiratory systems, as inhalation of dust can exacerbate these types of illnesses.
As such, you must remain aware of this and do what you can to keep the dust to a minimum. Where possible, ask your contractor to carry out dust-producing work outdoors. In instances where this is not appropriate, try to keep the windows of the room in which they are working open so that some of the dust will float outside. Additionally, if you can afford it, consider purchasing a heavy-duty air filter; this will capture a substantial amount of the dust that ends up in the air.
At least once a day, you should wipe down your tables, worktops and windowsills with a damp cloth. Do not use a feather duster, as this will simply cause the dust on the surface you have wiped to become airborne.