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Old 11-24-2018, 03:34 AM   #1
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Wet saw - dust, clean up, etc.

Hi all - having shower stall redone and contractor needed to cut some tile down. He set up with a wet saw in our basements boiler room (the rest of the basement is finished as a playroom and tv room). He definitely did not take proper precautions in terms of making for an easy cleanup. We were left with lots of milky white water on the floor and then noticed a fine white dust almost chalky substance on a lot of things within the boiler room and also outside of it (we store unopened food in boiler room - the packages had this dust on them, as did toys and furniture outside the boiler room). We wet mopped the floors and used Clorox wipes on everything else. I have an air purifier running now. Is it safe for us to be down there now and for my kids to continue using the area as a playroom post cleanup?
Thanks! (I realize my contractor didnít do the right thing - add it to the list!!)
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Old 11-24-2018, 04:52 AM   #2
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Nothing unsafe about the dust. It's a mixture of water and the finely ground up tile. It's generated as the tile is cut, and is made airborne by the blade.

Kinda lazy of the installer to leave it for you to clean up, though.

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Old 11-24-2018, 05:46 AM   #3
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Thank you. I didnít know if it generated Silica dust, which I read is very unsafe
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Old 11-24-2018, 08:11 AM   #4
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Probably not. You generally dont find silica in tile.

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Old 11-24-2018, 08:11 PM   #5
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If it was a ceramic tile, unlikely any silica. If it was a natural stone, maybe.

When cutting a tile with a wet saw, it is essentially grinding a slot through it with very fine particles of the tile. Most of it is caught in the water spray, but any that gets out into the air, when the water evaporates, will leave the fine dust particles in place.

To clean it up best, get the area wet and use a wet vac to suck up the slurry. Mopping or sweeping will not work really well as the particles are so fine.
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