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Good housekeeping - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Good housekeeping
Does anyone have a good tip for cleaning up plaster dust on hardwood floors? My ceilings were just replaced, leaving a fine coating of plaster dust. It's broom resistant and Swiffer resistant (each will get some, but not much), and I'm worried that wet mopping will turn plaster dust into, well, plaster.
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cornfields From: cornfields Date: October 21st, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you have a vacuum cleaner with attachments? I use the brush attachment to help better sweep up stubborn dust and whatnot. Came in handy when we were patching and sanding down joint compound in the kitchen.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 21st, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a good idea. Alas, it looks like my vacuum cleaner took one too many hard knocks! I can't get suction, and the attachment hose won't detach for me to check what the problem is.
jawajames From: jawajames Date: October 21st, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
shop vac!
or perhaps one of those broom/mop things they use at a barber shop to get all the hair..
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: October 21st, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mopping depends on how much water you use - a little might leave you with plaster streaks, but a lot should dilute the plaster dust so much that you won't notice any residue. Best bet, if you can manage it, is hands and knees with a good soppy sponge followed by a pickup dryer sponge and then a rag to get the corners and dry most of it away so you can see if you need to go a second time.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 21st, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think that's what it's going to end up with, but if I'm going to be mopping on my hands and knees, I'm going to wait until after they finish painting this weekend. Which would be wise anyway, come to think of it. (Amazing, the excuses to not do my housework right now while I'm off...!)
timesink From: timesink Date: October 21st, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't mop! Borrow or rent a shopvac. It gets up so much stuff you wouldn't believe, and it's better for the floor. That's how we got rid of several cubic tons of drywall dust.
siskiou From: siskiou Date: October 21st, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is it a really nice hardwood floor?

If it is, it might get ruined with people walking on the plaster dust, grinding it into the finish (just thinking of the painters' boots).
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2005 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)


A really good ostrich-feather duster picks up plaster dust ver well. When it gets full of dust, shake it outside. Of course, you have to *have* a really good ostrich-feather duster....

From: godrics_h Date: October 21st, 2005 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can wet it. Once it has been plaster (made from the mix and water) it cant do it again. So the dust from sanding cannot turn back into plaster. If you wipe, it may streak so you might need to do it twice.
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