How to limit dust while sanding floors or walls during redecoration or refurbishment

Whether your redecorating your walls with a new lick of paint or sanding off your floors, the resultant dust can be an absolute mess. Take a look a how to stop the spread of dust.


When carrying out redecoration of a room and any plastering of walls and ceilings, sometimes they need to be filled and sanded to smoothen any rough patches. This often means that things are going to get dusty! There’s no way round dust being made but there are certainly steps that can be taken to limit the mess extending to other areas of the house. Protec have been working with DIY enthusiasts and contractors for years and trying to make their life easier with solutions to screening off either specific areas of a room or entire rooms themselves.

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Containing dust with ZipWall ZipPole Kit

If your only working within a specific area of a room your best bet is looking at something like our ZipWall ZipPole Kit.

The system enables you to erect a versatile temporary screen which will contain all the dust within that area minimising the spread of dust. Simply attach some polythene to the top of the telescopic, spring loaded props and extent to the ceiling and lock into place and repeat this at intervals of up to 3m to create your temporary screen. Building contractors love this product for situations such as replacing fireplaces where they can create a screen around the fireplace and immediate working area and then are able to take out the existing fireplace confident in the knowledge that the resulting dust will be contained. The client/homeowner will love this as it minimises the impact of your work and a number of builders have claimed that this piece of kit has won them jobs over potential competitors.

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Sealing off a room from dust with Zip Door Kit

If it is a whole room you’re working in then another option is to use a ZipDoor Kit

. This is a handy piece of polythene that is sized to cover all residential single doors with pre-installed zips for easy access. The kit uses double sided tape, which is included, to attach the polythene directly to the doorframe and create a dust seal over a whole door and containing any resultant dust in one room.

So when your next tendering for a job in a residence where you know there is going to be dust, or simply carrying out redecoration in your own home don’t let it get like this…

Dust from sanding down plastered walls

Visit our website for dust containment projects or give us a call on 0800 834 704 for advice on how to limit dust.

By Jonathan Coyle

ZipWall used for protection by professional and commercial painters.

As each week goes by we’re almost always amazed by new and inventive uses that our customers find for our famous ZipWall product.

This week we were told by one of our customers (a shop front paint sprayer) that they had been using their ZipWall as portable, lightweight screens to protect adjacent walls from wayward paint.

Keeping the paint isolated means they can avoid costly cleaning bills, and Zipwall’s size means it can fit into the smallest of vans – and even the boot of a car – and can be easily transported to and from site.

To learn more about ZipWall and how it can help you while on various contract work, contact our enquiries team on 0800 834 704.

Ensuring a dust free area when working in an enclosed space can be a nightmare for contractors and domestic DIY enthusiasts alike. Traditional methods of partitioning off areas using tapes, staples or even dust sheets is extremely time consuming and very “hit and miss”.

At last there is a solution which can save contractors serious amounts of time and money whilst providing the ultimate protection. ZipWall® from Protec is a unique screening system, which can be installed in minutes by just one person and provides an instant barrier against airborne dust, making it ideal for protection of the working environment and adjoining areas.
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How to hold Tiles or Skirting Boards in place while drying with ZipWall props

Our ZipWall props are the perfect solution for temporary screening applications however the telescopic nature of the props makes them very versatile and great for a range of other applications.

One customer who we supply temporary protection material to uses ZipWall for a very different application when doing refurbishments in residential settings particularly when tiling or fixing new skirting boards. The problem he had was making sure the skirting boards or tiles were held in place while drying and discovered simply extending a ZipWall prop across the length of the room and butting each end against either side of the room’s walls and skirting board or tile the prop will hold them in position.

Here is a great photo taken demonstrating the method.securing tiles or skirting boards in place while drying

Our Zipwall props are available in 3m, 3.6m and 6m sizes so will extend across most residential rooms.

IF you want to learn more information about ZipWall for temporary screening or its many other convenient uses then please give our enquiries team a call on 0800 834 704



How to quickly create a temporary screen whether working on a site or in a client’s home with our  ZipWall Video Guide

Working in the Construction, Refurbishment and DIY markets Protec international understand the need for temporary screening of building work. Whether it is a 50m linear screen on a commercial site, safeguarding a small work area in a sensitive environment such as a food factory or simply screening off a fireplace in a living room, a quick and efficient way of erecting a temporary screen can be an invaluable tool for any contractor.

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At the start of last month we mentioned we would be attending the Sandown Toolfair event and time travels fast as we are now getting ready to drive down to Surrey. If you’re local to Sandown and are a tradesman come visit Toolfair at Sandown Park. Protec will be exhibiting at stand C13 and showing off ZipDoor as a convenient and effective way of containing dust to a single room, particularly useful on those dusty/messy jobs.

Temporary Screening for factories involving food

Food Manufacturing Companies and their factories are often presented with tricky issues when maintenance work is required on various machinery or parts of the building and food is still present in the environment.

A quick easy and, most importantly, safe and effective form of temporary screening is needed to mask off any areas where work is being done to protect the rest of the working environment. Stringent regulations need to be met and because of this, companies such as Heinz, Ginsters, Kelloggs all benefit from Zipwall for temporary screening. An air tight seal can be created using ZipWall extendable poles and accessories to make sure no dust or dirt escapes the area being worked on. As well as this, floor protection is also regularly required when maintenance work needs to be done on the factory floors.

If you work in food sensitive environments and need dust control through temporary screening you can really rely on then give our enquiry teams a call on 0800 834 704 and ask for ZipWall or alternatively take a look at our ZipWall product page.

Last week Protec attended the Toolfair exhibition at Coventry Ricoh Arena.

We were showing off our new door-way dust seal, ZipDoor. With lots of tradesman varying from builders and electricians to joiners everyone was pleased to see a very quick and cost effective solution to limiting dust travelling around a house when carrying out any messy work. Usually this is a problem point that is resolved by using dust sheets and tapes however this is never as simple as it sounds with dust sheets often being heavy and falling down and not to mention getting very dirty with continual use. All of this is a clear indication of the benefits of ZipDoor but the overiding factor that brought people to purchase the product was its professional look when using it in a residential/domestic setting. Whereas a dust sheet can look unprofessional and messy people loved how ZipDoor looked when used and clearly saw how their clients would appreciate it being brought along to a job. Within an industry when so much business is based upon reputation and referrals ZipDoor is a perfect addition to any tradesmans arsenal of tools.

Visit the product page here and give one a try, we know you won’t be dissapointed.

Here is a great new review from a customer of ours that recently tried ZipDoor!

‘Perfect Solution for a dust free zone – 5 stars – by Claire Rumble, 08 Aug 2012

Usage: We are having an extension but trying to live in our house throughout the build. I therefore wanted to be able to avoid the rooms we are living in becoming dusty. Particularly as my husband and I both suffer from Asthma.

Opinion: I am so impressed with this product. It was very easy to assemble and is exceeding all expectations I had of its capability in stopping dust getting into the rooms we wish to protect. It is also easy to get in and out of. Most people complain about dust getting everywhere in the house when having an extension – this is definately the answer to avoid that happening. I would not hesitate to recommend this product to others.’

Take a look at the product page here:
ZipDoor Kit