Quality Dust Free Floor Sanding Services
Is it time to give your floor a fresh start? Wood floors are used across the board- pun intended, from homes to business premises. Their natural look and feel, the wide range of species and finish treatments to choose from, the acoustic properties where the wood absorbs sound and reduces noise levels, plus the heat installation that improves the building’s energy efficiency- they come with a wide range of benefits. Wood itself is a durable material, and this is further enhanced by the treatment products that are applied onto it as part of the finishing process. However, this does not mean that they will last forever. When the time to remove the current finish and apply a new one arrives, call in the professional dust free floor sanding crew to ensure that the task gets done properly.
Why Floor Sanding Is Important
The sanding process is integral to the floor restoration. Whether it’s at the installation stage where you’re setting up the finish for the first time, or your dealing with a worn out floor and looking to revitalise it, having the floor sanding carried out professionally will save you from a lot of burden and stress. Why the sanding is needed? Here is a look at the benefits it provides:
- Breathe new life into your floor
Does your floor look dilapidated and worn out? Over time, due to the barrage of abuse that the floor receives, it ends up looking dull and drabby, showing signs of age. The finishes applied, from the wood stains to the polish, have faded, and there are scratches all over the surface. The floor sanding gets rid of them, making even those old floor appear as though they were new again. When done professionally, the process makes the floors much smoother, giving them a sleek and attractive look.
- New treatments can be applied
This is the next step of the floor restoration. For the wood stain, sealants and finishes that will be used to properly bond with the wood surface, the sanding is necessary. For the formulations to be absorbed by the pores and ensure an even application, such as when you’re treating the wood floor with a water-based or oil-based wood stain, you don’t want old treatments coming in the way. The floor sanding enables you to apply the formulations directly onto the bare wood, making the bonding much more stronger and more effective, meaning the newly applied treatments will last for longer. In addition, you get the opportunity to switch out the stains and finishes that you want to apply, meaning that you can choose to have a look that makes the natural colours and grain patterns of the wood more prominent, or apply a whole different colour that brings out your particular taste.
- Improving the lighting in the interior space
How natural light bounces around the home of business premises has an impact on the decor. With the worn down flooring, this gets affected, ruining the ambience. However, the recently sanded floors have the light bouncing off the surface much better, making the interior space more appealing. Since you will be able to take more advantage of the natural lighting, this has the welcome bonus of reducing your monthly energy bills.
- Reduce your cleaning workload
When there are scratches and grooves all over the floor, it ends up collecting more dirt, especially in these sections. You end up having to keep sweeping and cleaning the place more frequently. What’s more, as the soiling accumulates in the grooves, the abrasion that is caused increases the rate of the wear. Taking time to sand out the scratches and grooves will aid in reducing the amount of time spent on the routine chores.
- Improve safety
Those splinters and cracks that are on the wood floor can pose a risk to persons on the premises. With a smoothly sanded surface, you won’t have to worry about this. As such, family members, pets and the kids playing around can walk across the floor surface safely- even barefoot, or with socks.
- Restoring water damaged floors
As anyone living in an area that is prone to floods will no doubt attest, standing water and wood floors do not mix. The floors are just quite not the same again. The water damage can be as a result of different issues. These can range from leaking roofs that let the rain in during the heavy downpours, to a pipe that burst and released water all over the interior space. Cases of damaged units have also been reported, such as the faulty washing machines. Even the occasional drink that gets spilled onto the floor should not be overlooked. The wood will absorb the moisture, resulting in imbalances that affect its structural integrity. Whenever there are wet floors, the immediate course of action is getting rid of the water that is on it. This even applies for the finished flooring that has been treated with water-repellent formulations. There are so many points through which the water can get into the wood- from the sections between the seams, through the heating registers, and those tiny breaks in the coating. It can even be a case of groundwater rising through the subfloor. The surface water is removed through measures like mopping and wet vacuuming. The source of the leakage will also need to be immediately fixed, otherwise your efforts will be all for naught. The floor is then allowed to dry naturally. This can be sped up using fans which will increase the airflow through the interior space. Opening the windows and doors is also recommended, unless the outside humidity is at higher levels compared to the indoor airspace. However, you should never apply heat directly to the wood floor, as this can cause issues like splitting.
The floor sanding then comes into prepare the floor to be treated. Note that while wet, there floorboard may form convex or concave shapes- what is usually referred to as cupping. This is due to the increased moisture content. As the wood dries it will slowly level out. The sanding is done after the floor has completely dried, since sanding the cupped sections can result in uneven areas after the process. After the sanding, the new sealers and finishes can then be applied, restoring the elegance to your installation.
Dangers Of The DIY Floor Sanding Process
While DIY projects are all the rage- learning something new, picking up a challenge and seeing it to fruition, and potentially saving some money in the process, when it comes to the floor sanding it’s a whole different ballpark. There are so many risks involved, so much time and sweat equity that goes into the process, that it’s simply not worth it. Rectifying any damages made will even end up being far much more costly. It’s common to find the DIY enthusiasts calling it quits midway and dialling up the professionals to come in and complete the task- while hoping that there hasn’t been extensive damage made so far. Just what can go wrong?
Wood sanding machines pose risks of injury to the user. This is all of them. However, with the floor sanding equipment, things are taken a notch higher due to the extra weight, and cutting power of the units. From the drum sanders to the edgers, any slip can wreak havoc. Look at it this way- if a machine that can remove even 116 inch from the hardwood in a single pass, what will happen if a body part gets snagged under it?
Then there is the dust. As the floor gets sanded down, there will be loads of dust generated. While nowadays even the rental sanders come with dust bags, tiny and fine particles are still released into the indoor air space. Note that the dust doesn’t just contain bits of the wood itself. It also comes with the water-based or solvent-based sealers, lacquers and other finishes that had been used to treat the wood floor. When these are inhaled, they can cause a wide assortment of health problems From irritants to outright carcinogens, the DIYer undertaking the floor sanding, plus the rest of the persons on the premises, are at risk, due to the particles that are hanging around the air, waiting to be inhaled. There is also the physical damage to the respiratory system, such as when the air sacs within the lungs get scarred by the abrasive particles. This affects breathing capacity, hence the insistence on relying on professional dust free sanding processes.
The floor is also at risk. Sanding is not just about moving around the sanders over the surface. There is skill needed in the process, that starts right from the moment the sander comes into contact with the floor. Even a simple mistake of not moving it quickly enough the moment it hits the wood surface can result in a larger depression forming on the particular section. On the other hand, sanding too fast will mean that there are sections were the initial finish coats won’t have been removed. As such, the subsequent treatments that are to be applied won’t bond well with the wood flooring, thus ruining the quality of the results. Common damages made during the DIY floor sanding process also include ridges and the unsightly cross-grain scratches. Then there are those cases where too much of the wood gets sanded off. Here, there will be no option other than replacing the affected boards- which ends up being a hefty price to pay.
What of losing control? Sanders are powerful sets of equipment. Make one false move, and the result can be a disaster. For instance, when the edger comes into contact with the floor without you having a stable grip, it will spin wildly. On one hand, it can simply shoot across the surface and end up pulling the plug from the socket, thus powering down. That’s one scenario, where are least it will just be a minor scare. However, with the edger is spinning out of control, it can run over its cord and expose the wires, go gouging out sections of the floor, or even smash into your wall. None of these cases are pleasant. You don’t want to run such risks in your home or business premises. Get the task done right by bringing in the professional floor sanding team.
A Dust Free Process
The dust generated during the sanding is usually one of the reasons why property owners dread the restoration process. However, you don’t have to continue living or working in an environment that is marred with scratches, with the finishes being dull and deteriorated. The dust free floor sanding technology used by our personnel is highly effective, enabling you to avoid the mess and health risks associated with the process. The setup incorporates state-of-the-art vacuuming machinery that is connected to the sanders, involving a system of hoses that stretches all the way out to the dust containment unit that is outside the building. The hoses are long, going all the way into the room that is being worked on. Both the fine and coarse floor sanding dust particles are picked up immediately they are ground off the surface, preventing them from escaping into the indoor air space and covering the furnishings, surfaces and electrical appliances in the room. This also means that you will not need to keep covering the items with plastics, or factor in an entire day of cleaning in the middle of the floor restoration project. It enables the wood staining, sealing and finishing that is to follow to be carried out much sooner, reducing the disruption to your daily life at home, or business operations for the commercial establishments.
We’re Here For You
Our dust free floor sanding services are available to both residential and commercial clients. We have been offering them for years, and our goal is to ensure customer satisfaction in each project. In fact, our clients are the main source of our business, referring us to their friends and colleagues, which has enabled us to have a strong reputation and become a leader in the floor care industry. Get in touch with us today to take care of your floor sanding needs.