Have you ever heard anyone comment after remodeling their home that the dust just went everywhere! The past week has been a little bit trying due to the amped up cleaning routine that had to go on around here but I’m beginning to see the progress through the dust. Each day I return home from the shop anxiously awaiting signs of progress!
Before we started we talked with our contractor about the need to control the dust spread throughout the house as much as possible while working on the tile . He assured us that the wet saw would cut down on the dust made by cutting the ceramic tile and that he would help us also take extra precautions to keep Christa healthy throughout this project, as her bedroom is right next-door to this bathroom.
We plugged the air vent to this room during the dusty phase to prevent tile dust from circulating throughout the rest of the vents also, I’m sure during the 80 and 90° days this was not a treat for the contractor- sorry Doug, and thanks for being a good sport !
We covered the carpet that would be used to access the bathroom back-and-forth on trips to the garage for supplies and mixing the mortar. I had a rotation of old king-size flat sheets that I used to lay a protective path down for the contractor. Each night when I came home I would pick up the dusty & sandy sheet, shake it out outdoors and throw it in the wash.
Before I even got to the sheet I’d reach for the swiffer and made sure to catch any dust and sand that may have been tracked in through the kitchen area as well, then give the whole area of traffic a good vacuum as well. I’m sure my Dyson was feeling a little tired by the end of that week!
These pictures were taken at the end of the first week, the mosaic tile has been laid on the shower floor and the walls have all been covered with 4 x 4 glossy white ceramic tile. We are going for a modern farmhouse look with the renovations and I felt the white tile would also provide a clean and timeless look in combination with the rustic elements I plan to add to this bathroom.
Almost half of the flooring is down and I love it already! The shades of gray and brown have a really nice weathered look and I have high hopes for the durability of the tile planks we’ve chosen versus real wood in a bathroom which will have heavy girl traffic!
I should’ve taken the pictures post dusting but I wanted to show you the film that built up in the bathroom despite use of the wet saw.
Everything had to be wiped down with a wet cloth and the corners vacuumed out as well as possible.