Preventing swarf in the house

Skierdude

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In the shop I wear safety boots and a coat. Both stay in the shop but there’s still the odd metal chips that seem to make their way into the house! I also have a pair of Crocs at the shop door for those times when I need to walk across the shop to grab a screwdriver or some such tool for a job in the house. Walking across the shop floor in bare feet is guaranteed to end up with metal splinters in the feet.
 

projectnut

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Like many others here I wear an apron and have shoes that stay in the shop. Along with that I use a magnet on the floor then either sweep it or vacuum it depending on the material being machined. I rarely use air to clean things off. I find it generally moves the swarf and trach to unintended places. I clean the machines down with a chip brush then vacuum them before leaving the shop. If I can't get everything cleaned up in a timely manner, I close the gate to the shop area to keep the dogs from entering.
 

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I have had to come to the shop shoes method and sweeping more frequently (in between tools/parts instead of when done). Also, getting an apron has crossed my mind as I have a bad habit of wiping my hands on my shirt.

I don't know how many times I've found a chip (metal not potato), in my beard. And no, I'm not shaving.
 

BGHansen

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My shop is in a separate building. I leave my shop shoes and shop clothes in the shop. I walk to the shop in my house "duds" and slip off my shoes at the shop door. Hang up my house clothes and put on the shop stuff. I don't do any work (insert one-liner here) near the house duds, so they stay chip free.

Try leaving your shop clothes at the machines, shoes too. Might be a chilly walk across your garage to a clean area, but it beats the heck out of the cold shoulder your better half might give you when she finds chips in the carpet.

Bruce
 

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impossible to keep it all out. I have one of those broom type mats. rub it the opposite way and it pulls off most of the stuff. Still I find stuff whereever I walk, especially the bathroom.
 

aliva

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Shops shoes . air hose, polyester clothing
 
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