Asked on Oct 13, 2017

Dusty walls

Kristen CrawfordShoshanaCheryl A


i live in a flipped house that has plywood or whatever they call it for wall [ i call it cardboard walls] their cheap and thin . the cheap walls do nothing but collect dust i have COPD and a partial colasped lung and having trouble breathing is there anything i can do to cut back on this problem or get rid of it. thanks for any help.

6 answers
  • Ken
    on Oct 13, 2017

  • Dl.5660408
    on Oct 13, 2017

    I would seal the walls with high quality primer and then paint them
  • Melissa V
    on Oct 14, 2017

    Do they need to be sanded to smooth the rough surface? If you can, I would hire a drywall finisher to come in and smooth it all, then prime and paint so you have fresh, clean walls. The walls in my house have dents and jags, too, that catch the wispy webs and dust...some are too high for me to reach in the vaulted ceiling 🕸
  • Cheryl A
    on Oct 14, 2017

    swiffer makes dusters that will do the job or use a clean soft dust mop to cover a larger area
  • Shoshana
    on Oct 15, 2017

    Painting could be a smart fix.
  • Kristen Crawford
    on Oct 20, 2017

    You must mean paneling? The grooves catch the dust? If that's what you mean, my husband and I did this to our old farmhouse paneling walls:
    Using a paintable caulk (and joint compound when we ran out of caulk) and a rectangle shaped mason trowel, we put the compound in each of the valleys of the paneling, then smoothed it flat with the trowel.
    We let it dry overnight since it shrinks a bit, then did it again the next day. After that dried, we painted it with KILZ first, to really seal it, then over it again with a nice semigloss paint we had on hand. It turned out great. People thought we'd replaced the walls entirely. No more ridges to catch dust!
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