How to Remove Thick Dust from Attic

The Attic is one of the most commonly neglected place when it comes to cleaning. How to Remove Thick Dust from AtticWhen the attic goes for long without clean up, it’ll harbor a thick layer of dust, pests, mold and clutter.

In this guide, I’ll show you how to remove thick dust from attic safely and more effectively.

What You Need:

  • Dust mask
  • HEPA vacuum
  • Ladder
  • Rubber gloves
  • Goggles
  • Sweeping compound
  • Plastic bags

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6 Steps for Cleaning Thick Dust from Attic

Step #1 – Safety

A dust mask is a must have safety gear when cleaning the attic. It’s meant to protect you from the effects of dust, spores and allergens. A respirator mask is more preferable because it comes with a valve which allows you to breath during cleaning.

Wear dust goggles to guard your eyes from dust and other irritating elements. Plus wear an apron to avoid damaging your clothes.

Step #2 – Set the Ladder

If you have already installed pull-down ladder on your attic, then it will be very safe and convenient to get up there. All you need to do is to open the attic door and retract the stairway till it touches the floor.

If your attic is not equipped with a pull-down ladder, then you’ll have to use a temporary attic ladder. Ensure that the ladder fits in the attic opening and its long enough to allow a safe climbing elevation.

When you’re using a temporary attic ladder ensure that it’s well-grounded to prevent accidental sliding. Or someone can hold it for you during climbing and descend.

Step #3 – Stack Items in One Corner

Most often, items are cluttered throughout the attic space. And you might realize that not all items in the attic are still useful. So, it would be more convenient to stack the items in one corner so that you know what to retain or dispose.

When stacking items, put small and disposable items in a plastic bag. This should also include small debris which cannot be vacuumed.

If you have items you can donate to a local charity, stack them in a different corner.

Step #4 – Apply the Sweeping Compound

Dust tends to get agitated and spread in the air whenever you start sweeping or vacuuming. Not only does it inconvenience you, but it will also make your work untidy after it settles back on the floor and other surfaces.

However, you can keep dust settled on the floor by sprinkling water or sweeping compound. Soaking the dust with water might destroy you vacuum or even make the place messy. So, it’s preferable to use a sweeping compound when vacuuming the attic.

Spread a light coating of the powdered sweeping compound on the floor. Sweeping compounds work by binding dust particles with their sticky granules.

When applying the sweeping compound, be sure to wear rubber gloves so that the compound won’t stick on your hands. Plus wear your respirator mask and goggles to keep off dust and sweeping compound.

Step #5 – Vacuuming

It’ll be a quite tasking bringing your vacuum equipment to the attic. But you don’t have to worry since most domestic vacuuming machines are lightweight and quite portable.

Most of them are designed with detachable components to give you convenience when transferring from one location to another. So, you can detach the components and assemble them in the attic.

If don’t have a vacuuming machine, you may hire or buy one.

With your safety gear in place, start vacuuming the area you have already removed items and move towards the stacked items.

When you’ve covered a sizeable area, vacuum the stacked items one by one and then place them on the already vacuumed area.

Once you have vacuumed the items and transferred them to the cleaned area, now it’s time to vacuum the area on which you had stacked the items. As you had done before, sprinkle the sweeping compound on this area and then do the vacuuming.

Attic vacuuming should also include the attic walls, rafters and the included utilities.

Step #6 – Dispose the Waste

Waste from the attics will include the vacuumed dust, large debris in plastic bags or any worthless items. All the contents in the vacuum cleaner canister should be bagged before being tossed in the trash.

Step #7 – Organize the Attic

The attic looks appealing when clean and well-organized. So, when you’re done vacuuming and disposing the waste, arrange the items in a way that it appeals to your eyes.

You may need to do adjustments such as adding suspended shelves and hooks so that you can have a more organized attics.

How Often Should You Clean the Attic?

Clean the attic after every six months to keep dust to minimal levels.

By regularly cleaning and vacuuming the attic it’s possible to keep your house free from dust, mold growth and allergens. Vacuuming also allows you to eradicate insects that live in the attics due to its quite environment.

Inspect the attics regularly to keep pests such as rats, mice and squirrels at bay. This ensures that the items inside the attics are free from damage.


Attics cleaning and vacuuming should be included as part of major house cleaning schedule. Cleaning at least twice a year can go a long way in keeping your house free from dust, mold growth and allergens.

In addition, it minimizes pest breeding in your house since they love hiding in the attics due the quite environment.

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