Drywall - Drywall & Plaster - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Drywall & Plaster


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-03-2009, 08:18 AM   #1
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10


When finished sanding drywall what is the best way to wipe the powder off the sheetrock


Budrok@Aol.com is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2009, 09:01 AM   #2
Old School
Willie T's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: St. Petersburg, FL Minds of moderate caliber ordinarily condemn everything which is beyond them.
Posts: 3,634
Rewards Points: 2,000

A moist sponge.


"True eloquence consists in saying all that is necessary, and only that which is."
François Duc de La Rochefoucauld
Willie T
Willie T is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2009, 10:29 AM   #3
Registered User
Termite's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 6,520
Rewards Points: 2,000

To elaborate, a BIG moist sponge. Not wet, moist. Keep a bucket of water close and wring it out before applying to the walls.

A tip:
Keep your strokes with the sponge going only in one direction. When you sand your drywall, the paper face's paper fibers are raised somewhat. A moist sponge will cause them to lay back down flat, and you don't want them going in multiple directions. It won't always make a difference (depending on the paint thickness and texture) but it is a good habit to get into just in case.
Termite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2009, 10:55 AM   #4
adpanko's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Central NJ
Posts: 215
Rewards Points: 150

I absolutely hate finishing drywall, and the clean-up is a large reason why. But anyway, I tackle it in two steps:

1) I vacuum off the walls with my shop vac with the wide brush attachment. Or, if I don't care about making a mess, I sweep the walls downward with a normal broom to get the bulk of the dust to the floor. The pleated filter on the shop vac packs up pretty quick with the dust and makes the suction really weak after about two standard sized walls. So I find that I have to shake the filter out about twice per room. Then after the vacuuming or brushing is done...

2) I use an old tee shirt or terry cloth dish towel and soak it with water, then wring it out REALLY well, and use that to give the walls a final once over to pick up whatever the vacuuming or sweeping didn't get.

If you don't vacuum or brush the bulk of the dust off first, I find that using a moist sponge or towel to get the dust off gunks up too quickly to the point that you have to rinse it a prohibitive amount of times.
adpanko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2009, 02:06 PM   #5
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10

Thanks everyone. Now it looks like the hard part. (Cleaning Up)
Budrok@Aol.com is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2009, 02:56 PM   #6
Drywall contractor
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Lilburn, GA
Posts: 2,129
Rewards Points: 1,070

I've never actually done it, but I've seen painters use a damp sponge mop. Gives you a handle and a longer reach....
(And I should mention I sand with a sander with a vacuum attachment, so not much need to wipe down.)


If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can read this in English, thank a soldier. Support our troops.

Last edited by bjbatlanta; 09-08-2009 at 03:00 PM.
bjbatlanta is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Superior Walls - Floating Corners & Drywall Woodcutter Drywall & Plaster 16 04-22-2011 12:05 PM
Old ceiling replacement idsp General DIY Discussions 12 07-25-2009 10:48 AM
Framing for drywall under Spiral staircase clemon03 Drywall & Plaster 6 07-17-2009 03:49 PM
Ecorock (new green drywall product) Sir MixAlot Drywall & Plaster 0 06-20-2009 08:40 AM
Good ways to run pegboard up to drywall? upthemaiden Drywall & Plaster 1 03-09-2009 01:12 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1