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Keeping it clean with ZipWall® Dust Barriers


So picture this, you're working in a customers refitting a kitchen. The customer wants to ensure the work being carried out does not make a mess in the rest of the house but you need to cut and drill walls, wooden cupboard and worktops. Not only that, dust can be a real health issue. OK so you've got all the right PPE but what about the customer and their family. All of these jobs produce dust. According to the HSE over 500 construction workers are believed to die from exposure to silica dust every year so protecting your customers is just as important as protecting yourself.

You also need to bring materials through the house into the kitchen without damaging the existing kitchen door. How do you keep the house clean whilst still being able to access the kitchen easily.


That is where ZipWall® comes in. Creating a dust barrier has never been easier, no really, it hasn't. All you need is a pack of ZipWall poles and a sheet of polythene. So I hear you, you've used poles on jobs before, what is so special about these ones. Well ZipWall poles feature 100's of patented design features, one of the best features is the spring loaded head on the top of the pole. This allows the pole to be easily adjusted during installation, no more tricky pole adjustments just to get the polythene in the right place, just a simple lift of the pole base. Then once you're happy with the position of the pole you simply compress the spring loaded head and lock it in place. Done!


The example above is just one scenario for using ZipWall, others include;

  • Shop refits (full or partial) - ZipWall can be used to section off areas of a store so that work can be carried out without causing mess or disruption to the other areas of the store.
  • Building work - Such as house extensions where the dust and debris risks contaminating other areas of the home.
  • Hospitals - ZipWall is used in many hospital wards where deep cleaning is taking place on a ward or where a particular ward needs to be sectioned off to prevent contamination.
  • Office refits/maintenance - The dust barrier can be put in place so staff can continue to work safely while the refit or maintenance is taking place.

The video below shows how quickly a dust barrier can be set up with ZipWall.


ZipWall -- How to Set Up a Dust Barrier in Minutes


Making a doorway

Once the barrier is in place you need a way to get through the barrier. The ZipWall Heavy Duty Zippers provide this access. Simply stick two zips at least one meter apart, cut through the polythene behind the zip and you have a fully usable temporary door.


ZipWall Heavy Duty Zipper - Quickly Create a Door in Your Plastic Sheeting Dust Barrier


Once the door is in place it can be closed whilst work is carried out. The ZipWall dust barrier system can even be used in negative air spaces.


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Forming an tight seal

If you want to create a really tight, neat seal then there are some excellent ZipWall accessories available such as the ZipWall Foam Rail and the ZipWall SidePack. These are used to easily create a tapeless, tight seal around the ceiling and sides of the dust barrier to prevent any contamination while work is carried out without the need for tape which could damage surfaces and paint and looks generally messy. The video below shows how simple ZipWall FoamRail really is to use.


ZipWall FoamRail – How to Tightly Seal a Dust Barrier without Tape


A single door solution

If you are looking to seal a single doorway then ZipDoor may be your best option. It is easy to install and removes without leaving any damage to the door frame. A ZipDoor kit consists of a sheet of thick polythene with two heavy duty zippers already attached and a roll of double sided painters tape. The doors can be reused and there should be enough tape on the roll for a couple of uses but unfortunately the tape is not available as a separate item.


The doors are available in standard and commercial versions. The standard version will fit a doorway up to 91cm wide by 213cm high and is not fire retardant. The commercial version will fit a doorway up to 4ft wide by 8ft high and is fire retardant which is usually a required on building sites and commercial premises.

The video below shows how to use a ZipWall ZipDoor.


ZipWall Dust Barrier ZipDoor Kits - How to Cover Doors during Remodeling or Construction


So that's it, with a few ZipWall products you can create a clean and safe environment to carry out work that protects your customers property and more importantly their health.


More about ZipWall

ZipWall LLC is the maker of the ZipWall® Dust Barrier System, the only comprehensive dust barrier solution for construction, remodelling, and renovation. ZipWall pioneered the dust barrier category in 1997 and continues to transform the field with twenty-five patents, numerous industry awards, and a steady stream of innovative products.


A ZipWall® dust barrier can be set up in just a few minutes without ladders, tape, or damage. ZipWall® products are used by residential and commercial contractors to meet practically any dust barrier installation challenge – setting up a plastic dust barrier, setting up a reusable-fabric dust barrier, creating an entry in a plastic barrier, creating a room within a room, covering a door, sealing off a hallway, or sealing a barrier without tape – to name a few.


If you require any more information or advice on ZipWall call our team on O1827 2552500 or shop the full range of ZipWall here.


Topics: Safety, Decorating

Posted by Steve Davidson on 06-Apr-2020 15:22:25

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