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My husband put down food grade diatomaceous earth all over our carpets, inches thick in some spots to rid us of fleas. Now we have white dust ALL OVER our house. I have to rip out the carpets because even after commercially steam cleaning them we can’t get rid of the dust. My question is how do we get the powder off the walls and tile floors? I have tried to wash it off but it just seems to move the dust around. We have 4 kids and one on the way and the dust is bad for their lungs. Please let me know what to clean it with to get rid of it…… Thank you


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2 Responses to “How do I clean diatomaceous earth off walls and tile floors?”

  1. Shan Says:

    I would hire a professional carpet cleaner to get rid of the diatomaceous earth…or just get rid of the carpet all together.

    As for the walls, you should be able to remove the dust with wet paper towels. If not, re-paint the walls.

    And yes, diatomaceous earth dust is bad for your lungs. Never sprinkle it around the house. A friend of mine takes it internally, but she wears a mask while handling it and keeps it wet when she takes it. She also keeps her entire "DE works" inside a large plastic box to keep the dust from getting all over the house.

    The food grade is much less hazardous than the "pool grade", but it’s still a good idea to keep the dust to a minimum when handling and to not sprinkle it all over your house.

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    Later edit:

    I found out my friend doesn’t take the DE herself…she gives it to her dogs. But she does handle it in a box while wearing a mask. Plus, she mixes it with water before pouring it over her dogs’ food.

    Apparently, wet diatomaceous earth is safer than dry.

    Also important: Never take Pool grade DE internally, and never give it to an animal. For internal use, use Food Grade DE only!

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  2. mommycitajuarez Says:

    Best bet is to rent a pressure washer (Home Depot can help), and then blast away, but make sure you use water that is HOT (at least 140 degrees).

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