How to Get Rid of Fiberglass Dust

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Things You'll Need

  • Respirator

  • Gloves

  • Bags

  • HEPA filter vacuum

  • Water

  • Soap

  • Rags

Insulation may release fiberglass particles into the air.

Fiberglass dust is composed of tiny fiberglass particles which can have serious health effects when they come in contact with people. The dust particles may embed in the skin causing irritation, irritate the eyes, and result in respiratory-related issues. Cleaning fiberglass dust is difficult, and depending on the source of the fiberglass, may be very expensive. If you are not confident in cleaning the fiberglass dust out yourself, contact a professional cleaning service that specializes in fiberglass removal.

Step 1

Locate the source of the fiberglass particles. In the home setting, the most likely sources include insulation and the air duct system. If the dust is coming from the air ducts, you will need to replace the entire system, as it is impossible to remove all fiberglass from the system.

Step 2

Wear protective clothing prior to entering the home. This includes wearing a respirator, eye protection, a long-sleeve shirt, pants and gloves to protect yourself from the dust particles.

Step 3

Remove everything from inside the home and get it outside.

Step 4

Throw away items that are not able to be cleaned that may hold fiberglass dust. This may include carpeting, upholstered furniture and bedding, which may release fiberglass dust into the air when used. Seal the items in plastic bags to avoid further spreading of the dust.

Step 5

Vacuum the entire house thoroughly with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter which will capture the fiberglass particles. Focus on areas where dust accumulates, such as window sills and one top of door jambs. Repeat this process as many times as needed.

Step 6

Clean the items that will be moved back into the home with soap and water. Dampen the rags with water and wipe down the items, paying special attention to areas which may hold fiberglass such as joining pieces on furniture. Replace the water and rags after just a few uses. Once the water and rag have fiberglass particles attached to them it will not pick up more and will just move the dust around.


Move out of the home while the cleaning process is taking place. While cleaning, try to limit the amount of dust you kick up into the air. This means do not use a broom to try to clean up the dust.


Michael E Carpenter

Michael Carpenter has been writing blogs since 2007. He is a mortgage specialist with over 12 years of experience as well as an expert in financing, credit, budgeting and real estate. Michael holds licenses in both real estate and life and health insurance.