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Fibreglass Loft Insulation Removal: A Comprehensive Guide

Removing old fiberglass loft insulation involves careful planning, proper safety measures, and specific techniques to ensure safe and effective removal. Here’s a comprehensive guide covering types of fiberglass insulation, dealing with contaminated insulation, methods and techniques used, manpower requirements, post-removal cleaning, and key questions to ask a removal company.

1. Types of Fiberglass Insulation

Batt Insulation: Large, pre-cut panels commonly used in lofts. They are easy to install but can be difficult to remove if compacted or degraded over time.

Loose-Fill Insulation: Made of small, lightweight fiberglass particles blown into the loft space. Removal requires careful handling to minimize airborne particles.

Roll Insulation: Similar to batt insulation but comes in long rolls that are cut to size. Removal is similar to batt insulation.

2. Contaminated Fiberglass Insulation

Identifying Contamination: Fiberglass insulation can become contaminated with mold, mildew, dust, rodent droppings, or asbestos. Look for discoloration, dampness, or signs of pest activity.

Handling Contaminated Insulation: Use additional safety measures such as full-body coveralls, N95 or higher respirators, and goggles. Contaminated materials must be sealed in heavy-duty plastic bags and disposed of according to local hazardous waste regulations.

3. Methods and Techniques Used


Safety Gear: Ensure all workers wear appropriate PPE including gloves, goggles, respirators, and disposable coveralls.

Ventilation: Ensure good ventilation in the loft to reduce dust accumulation and maintain air quality.

Isolation: Seal off the work area with plastic sheeting to prevent contamination of other parts of the house.

Removal Techniques:

Manual Removal: Use hand tools such as utility knives, shovels, and rakes to remove batt or roll insulation. For loose-fill insulation, use a HEPA-filtered vacuum to minimize dust.

Bagging and Disposal: Double-bag insulation in heavy-duty plastic bags, seal them, and label as hazardous if contaminated. Follow local disposal regulations for proper handling.

Cleaning: Use a HEPA vacuum to clean up remaining dust and particles. Damp-wipe surfaces to remove any residual fiberglass fibers.

4. Manpower Requirements

Team Size: Typically, a team of 2 to 4 workers is sufficient for most loft insulation removal projects. Larger lofts or heavily contaminated spaces may require additional personnel.

5. Post-Removal Cleaning

Surface Cleaning: Thoroughly vacuum all surfaces using a HEPA vacuum cleaner. Damp-wipe surfaces to capture any remaining dust and fibers.

Inspection: Inspect the loft for any signs of remaining insulation or contamination. Address any structural issues or damages before installing new insulation.

6. Key Questions to Ask a Removal Company

Experience and Expertise:

How many years of experience do you have in removing fiberglass insulation?
Do you have experience with contaminated insulation removal?

Safety and Compliance:

What safety protocols do you follow for insulation removal?
Are your workers trained and certified for handling hazardous materials?

Insurance and Licensing:

Do you have liability insurance and the necessary licenses for insulation removal?
Can you provide proof of insurance and licenses?

Services Provided:

What methods do you use for insulation removal?
Do you offer post-removal cleaning and inspection services?

Disposal and Environmental Considerations:

How do you dispose of the removed insulation?
Do you follow local regulations for hazardous waste disposal?

Cost and Timeline:

Can you provide a detailed quote for the removal service?
What is the estimated timeline for completing the removal and cleaning process?

References and Guarantees:

Can you provide references from previous clients?
Do you offer any guarantees or warranties on your work?


Removing old fiberglass loft insulation requires careful planning, proper safety measures, and specific techniques to ensure safe and effective removal. Whether dealing with standard or contaminated insulation, it’s crucial to follow best practices for preparation, removal, and disposal. Engaging a professional removal company with the right expertise and equipment can ensure the job is done safely and efficiently. Always ask key questions to verify the company’s credentials, experience, and commitment to safety and compliance.

Latest 5 star Google customer reviews
Peter Roberts
2 months ago

I highly recommend these guys who recently helped us clear and clean out our loft in Newcastle after we had rodents in. They removed old junk and the old insulation then cleaned up the rodent droppings and hoovered the loft out. They were very friendly, made sure no dust and dirt got into our home and cleaned up after themselves. We are elderly people so we couldn't do this but they did everything in half a day. We tried all over to get someone to do the works for us but these guys were the only ones to come out and give us a qoute. Would use again if we ever have another rodent problem.

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alan young
2 months ago

Great job by these guys.
Emptied all the old insulation out of our loft.
Would highly recommend.

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Jackie Marie Townsend
1 month ago

We used this company a couple of days ago and are really impressed with the overall service provided. The lads were here almost 4 and a half hours completely clearing the loft and cleaning it afterwards. They used coverings on the stairs and landing to keep the carpet clean. Our loft looks like a new loft now and we didn't realise just how big it is with all the rubbish removed. Great set of lads, would highly recommend this company. 👍

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Louise McInnes
1 month ago

Fantastic service by the team of lads that came to remove my old insulation. They also removed old wood that was there at a very reasonable price and made sure there was no mess. Turned up when they said they would, very polite and professional. Would definitely recommend.

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We remove all types of loft insulation

  • Mineral Wool
  • Loose
  • Fibreglass
  • Sheep's Wool
  • Blown-In
  • Vermiculite
  • Cellulose
  • Spray Foam
  • Rodent Infested Insulation
  • Water Damaged
  • Verminous
  • Hazardous
  • Pest Control Loft Cleaning
  • Rodent/Pest/Pigeon Feces

Our post loft insulation removal cleaning services

Keeping your loft clean and organized is crucial for maintaining a healthy and efficient home environment. Our professional loft cleaning services are designed to address all your attic cleaning needs, ensuring a pristine and clutter-free space.

Our experienced team is committed to delivering top-notch service with meticulous attention to detail.

Here's what we offer:

Comprehensive Dust and Debris Removal: We thoroughly clean and remove dust, dirt, and debris, leaving your loft spotless.

Pest Infestation Cleanup: Our team handles pest infestations, removing nests and droppings to ensure a safe and sanitary loft.

Clutter Organization: We help sort and organize stored items, making your loft more functional and accessible.

Sanitization and Disinfection: We sanitize and disinfect surfaces to eliminate germs and allergens, promoting a healthier home.

Trust us to transform your loft into a clean, organized, and healthy space, enhancing the overall comfort and value of your home.