Refinish Your Floor Without Worrying About Dust
One big reason why people keep procrastinating the floor sanding and restoration project is the dust. So much dust is produced in the process, which can end up covering the countertops, shelves, coating electronics and getting into sockets, messing up the sink and upholstery – basically being an all-round nightmare, especially for the clean-up job that will be required. Then there are those fine sanding dust particles that remain airborne , even being recirculated in the rooms through the air conditioning system. These particles are a health risk, from triggering allergic reactions, to scarring the lung tissue when they are inhaled. However, the floor sanding process doesn’t have to be that messy. Simply go the dustless sanding route.
The conventional sanders that come with dust bags, while helpful in reducing the amount of dust that escapes, still leave plenty of it behind. Unfortunately, the machinery that is available for rent for DIY projects usually use this approach. While the sanders are more affordable, they will leave you with an arduous clean-up job, and also put you at the health risks that come with the sanding dust escapes into the indoor airspace. Dustless floor sanding systems that are used by professionals are way more expensive. However, they are necessary in a bid for the contractor to serve more clients within a shorter time, while reducing the messes and risks that come with the sanding dust. What’s more, the savings in operational costs can cut down the quotation that the client receives for the floor sanding project. Let’s delve into the intricacies of the process.
How Dustless Floor Sanding Works
Here, unlike the conventional approach of using dust bags, the sanders are connected to a high-powered suction system that captures both fine and coarse dust particles immediately they are grinded off the floor. These are then directed through hoses to a containment unit, which is usually mounted on a truck outside the building. This approach is so effective that there are systems that remove over 99% of the dust that is generated before it gets a chance to escape into the indoor environment.
Benefits OF Dustless Floor Sanding
The most immediate benefit will be the reduced workload when it comes to the clean-up job that typically follows the sanding process. Even after an intensive cleaning task, it is common for there to be lingering dust in the house that will be cleaned up for months – especially if it had got into the vents and ducts. However, with the dustless floor sanding, you no longer have to worry about your furniture and upholstery being covered in dust.
The sanding dust comes with a host of problems. First, the particles themselves are abrasive, which will be detrimental to your respiratory system once inhaled. Secondly, the dust contains a mixture of the chemicals that the floor had been treated with, as well as particles of the wood tissue. This is a concoction of allergens, carcinogens and other hazardous agents that you don’t want getting into the bodies of your loved ones.
With those fine dust particles being safely removed, it prevents them from remaining in the house for months and getting recirculated in the indoor airspace. Preserving the indoor air quality is vital to prevent a spike in case of allergic reactions or damage to the respiratory tract caused by those fine particles scarring the soft tissue.
The floor sanding stage of the restoration project is certainly the most labour intensive, and you don’t want it taking ages. A huge clean-up job would simply lengthen the process, delaying the application of the wood stain and finish coats that are to follow, meaning that the floor remains out of commission for longer. However, with the dustless floor sanding, the workload is reduced, and you get to have the rest of the restoration carried out much sooner and restore normalcy to your home.
Definitely the quality of the results will be directly tied to the skill level and experience of the contractors you hire. The easiest place to start your search is looking online. What you’re after is basically a company with a good reputation and a verifiable track record. At the bare minimum, the business should have an online presence from where you can start digging for more information about it – whether it’s the company’s site, or listings on business directories.
On the site, there will typically be pictures showing off the company’s past projects. After all, after doing a great job, the contractors will want to display it for the world to see, right? The “Before & After” images help in giving you an idea of what to expect – but doesn’t stop there. Check out the social media pages of the company, reading through the comments left behind by past clients who have hired the firm. If the feedback is generally positive, then it will increase your level of confidence in the company. For the negative reviews, pay particular attention to how the company in question has handled it. Have they tried to resolve the issue with the client? Usually, when there are problems with the job that has been provided and customer complaints, the company follows it up and also asks the client to update their feedback. In this way, you can gauge the level of commitment that the company has in ensuring that the client is satisfied with the service provided.
A call to the company will be required to gauge the level of expertise of their personnel, as well as their customer service. Raise questions that you have about the project and its timelines, and also ask about the kind of training and certification that the contractors have. A site visit will be required to give the floor an accurate assessment and come up with a quotation. Use this visit to further get the vibe of the company, as well as how they treat you as their client.