How would you clean the air in the attic, which I use for storage.

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It has solid, wood floors, but they laid out insolation on top them, which keeps our apartment downstairs warm, but I want to make it into a boutique style storage, I collect clothing and alter/upcycle or resell it. There are some old carpets on top of the insulation, and you can walk on them around the area, but I desperately need to get rid of the dust flying in the air in there. The carpets can be vacuumed, but I need ideas to organize this old, typical, unfinished attic. I don't mind the exposed beams.
I would love to use the area in the attic to take pictures for my online store but have to do it inexpensively and without major changes, since this is a rental. The worst thing about it is the dust. And it's not just on the floor but in the air too.
Those packing thingies will be removed of course, along with other garbage.
Thank you in advance.
q how would you clean the air in the attic which i use for storage
Hot mess.
q how would you clean the air in the attic which i use for storage
Hot mess in a need of a makeover.
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  • Paula Paula on Jun 17, 2018
    Attic fans, they're the greatest thing for keeping air moving attic & below.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 17, 2018
    If you can mount a fan on or by the vent - the one at the end of the house that looks like a window - and have the air blowing out, not in, that will help cool things off. And, if you can lift the boards up and put the insulation between the ceiling and the boards, that would be great. I'm kind of worried about that insulation getting into your clothes and causing all sorts of health problems. Wear a mask when you are sweeping or vacuuming it up. Sweeping is best as a vacuum will blow it around a bit. Remove the clothing before you do this to keep the insulation from getting into the clothes. If you can't remove the wood, then just get rid of the insulation, get some cheap carpeting and call it a day. It should still be warm downstairs for you.

    • Bea Moore Bea Moore on Jun 18, 2018
      I think about this dust getting into clothing too. So I cover them with plastic and wash before listing, then put them in a designated area in my apartment.

  • Emily Emily on Jun 17, 2018
    Yes, it is too bad that the insulation wasn't laid under the floor boards and that must be addressed if you are to use this attic at all. Have you thought about a window in the roof? I sort of do the same thing. . . but not just clothes but all linens and textiles. I have many of these things stored in my attic but we have windows and all insulation is covered up.

  • John Grimley John Grimley on Jun 17, 2018
    No idea what "boutique style storage" is but is there any insulation between the ceiling below and these boards? How about simply covering the whole thing with a 'floating floor'? Lay down a grid of 4" x 2" lengths of wood (try to lay these at right angles to the original beams for extra support) so they will accommodate sheets of flooring - it's a horizontal version of a stud partition wall except you're screwing sheets of flooring down instead of hanging sheets of drywall. You can now add 4" thick insulation.

  • Alison Savill Alison Savill on Jun 17, 2018
    you should get some oxygen bomb plants they take the toxins out of the room and puts oxygen in its place

    • Bea Moore Bea Moore on Jun 17, 2018
      GENIUS. I even have a couple windows with some sunlight coming in there.
      But I also keep thinking about those room air purifiers, the bigger the better.

  • Ellis Ellis on Jun 18, 2018
    Please be careful. Many kinds of insulation are unsafe to inhale, and can cause lung diseases. Take a small clump of it and ask someone knowledgeable what it is. Perhaps you shouldn't be using the attic at all, because all that dust is in the air, and you can inhale it, and it gets on the clothing you have there, too.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 18, 2018
    Yeah, but dust has a way of getting into and onto stuff. Be very careful, you can be liable if anything happens and it can be traced back to you.

    • Bea Moore Bea Moore on Jun 19, 2018
      Ouch. That's true. I am going to seriously have to think about storing anything up there at all. Thank you.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 19, 2018
    You're welcome. Better safe than sorry. Get it all cleaned up and then you can store stuff up there. Do wear a dust mask whenever you are up there, especially if you are cleaning. Sweep first and then vacuum. When you sweep the floor, mist it with water from a spray bottle first to keep the dust from flying up. You don't have to soak the floor, just a light misting should do.