Value Of Dust Free Floor Sanding
Being health-conscious, no doubt you want safe and effective products and systems in the different facets of everyday life. Construction and renovation activities are no different. The insistence on methods that reduce health risks to the persons on the property, while still carrying out a thorough job, has seen the increased demand for dust free floor sanding services. What does it entail?
There is the sanding itself- through which the top layers of the wood surface and ground down, including the coats of finish products, adhesives, sealers and even the wood stains that had been applied, plus a thin section of the bare wood itself. The dust free systems come in to extract those particles that are sanded off the floor- both the fine and coarse dust, which are then directed through hoses to containment systems. Professional dust free services involve the use of high-powered vacuums, that pick up the particles the moment they are generated, which prevents them from escaping into the airspace.
Why is this important? The sanding dust by itself is an allergen, triggering reactions when inhaled. However, it’s not just the coughing, and sneezing that is a concern. The dust contains a mixture of the wood particles, and the chemicals from the treatments that had been used on it. These are irritants, toxins, and even carcinogens. When they get into the body system, they cause all manner of short term and long term problems. Conjunctivitis, breathing difficulties, cancers of the various parts of the respiratory system- these are not issues you want your family members, or the clients and employees in your business premises to be exposed to. There is also the physical injury from the dust scarring the lung tissues. Damage to the air sacs is permanent, which reduces the lung capacity. Dust free floor sanding is essential to protect the personnel carrying out the task, and the rest of the persons on the premises.
Restoring The Elegance To Your Floor
Numerous problems can be solved through the floor sanding and refinishing process, including:
These can be caused by anything from the abrasive soiling that is tracked into the building under people’s shoes and gets grinded against the surface of the floor, issues like pet’s claws which are drawn out as your furry friend run around the premises, to the deep scratches that are caused by the heavy furniture getting dragged across the surface- instead of being lifted and carried. The scratches in turn become points of dirt and grime collecting, making the cleaning process more involving. What’s more, the scratches themselves are unsightly, which is not what you intended when you had the floor finishes applied in the first place. The floor sanding process removes, them, allowing you to apply a fresh new coat, bringing back the smooth and appealing surface.
These are those depressions riddling the wood surface. They come in different sizes, from the small nicks that can still collect moisture, to the deep indentations that you can feel when you’re walking. They have varying causes. Basically, when the wood fibres are compressed under high pressure, there will be dents. This pressure can come from sofa sets that are on wheels, where the pressure applied is localised on one area, hard objects falling to the floor, all through to issues like high heels. Ever wondered by being stepped on with a high heel hurts so much more than a regular shoe? A 100-pound lady in stilettos can exert 1500psi of pressure with each step she takes. For perspective, a 6000-pound elephant just exerts 75psi of pressure. The larger pressure with the stilettos due to the tiny area that is in contact with the ground, through which the weight of the wearer acts perpendicularly on. How many people are walking around your establishment in heels? It comes as no surprise that the wood floor in commercial establishments end up having lots of dents all over the place. The dents need to be repaired regularly, to avoid more damage down the road.
- Heavy wear and tear
With the barrage of abuse that the floor handles on a daily basis, the finish will eventually begin to wear off. From the foot traffic, the heavy sofas, bookshelves and tables, kids playing around with their toy cars and rail sets- over time, the surface begins to get deteriorated. It is more visible on those heavily walked on areas, which will have a different appearance compared to the surfaces that are hidden under furniture. In case the initial finishing was done improperly, perhaps as a result of DIY processes or mistakes made by rookie floor finishing services, the applied treatment deteriorates much sooner, and begins peeling off in different areas. For instance, it can be as a result of the residue on the surface that had not been properly removed before applying the wood stain, which in turn prevents the treatments that are to follow from bonding well with the wood floor. The floor sanding comes in to give you a fresh start.
- Scuff marks
The causes of these vary, from the shoes with black heels and soles as people walk about, chairs and tables that were slid on the floor and left behind unsightly black marks, all through to items with rubber- be it the kids’ toys or even the rugs that have a rubber backing. When the rubber items are dragged across the wood floor, a thin layer is left behind, resulting in the scuff marks. They clash with the floor finish, and getting rid of them will enable you to restore the elegance to your installation.
- Water damage
Water is a threat to wood- it’s that simple. They don’t mix. This is why it’s highly recommended that any spills be cleaned up as soon as possible. The water sitting on top of the hardwood floor can cause irrevocable damage. The wood absorbs it through the pores, and can lead to a wide assortment of problems. Water damage can be due to a myriad of issues. These range from the occasional drink spills, flooding caused by the rain getting into the house, frozen or leaky pipes, toilet overflow, leaky roofs, appliances like the washing machine or dishwasher leaking or outrightly breaking and causing a widespread mess, all through to cases of high water tables which force water up through the subfloor from the ground. The wet wood expands, and can cup or warp. Basically the edges of the wood boards swell, and begin rising higher compared to the centre of the board, which makes the surface uneven. The water wears down the floor treatment products that had been applied. When the damage is extensive some of the boards may need to be replaced. Even when there is still some of the finish left behind on the flooring, it will probably be thinner – and much weaker- meaning that it won’t last for long, hence you’re better off with a full floor sanding and refinishing.
Whenever there is water damage, the first step is to remove the water quickly, then dry the floor, to salvage the situation- and also prevent mould from growing, which would otherwise result in much more problems. Certainly, you should also immediately stop the source of the water leakage, otherwise you will be fighting a losing battle. Mopping up the water, using a wet vacuum to extract it, and accelerating the drying using appliances like fans, and even placing a dehumidifier in the room will come in handy. Leave the air conditioning on. However, do not apply heat to the floor, since it will result in cupping and splitting. Excess heat is also a threat to the wood floor. Reducing the foot traffic to the affected area as the floor dries is also recommended. Sanding and refinishing the floor will leave it looking new, and is a much more affordable alternative compared to replacing the installation.
- Pet urine stains
Has Fluffy left behind a urine stain on your wood floor? These spots are usually frustrating to remove, since they penetrate deep into the wood. This is especially for those cases where the stains were left unattended to for long, and had enough time to set into the surface. Sometimes you’re out at work, and your furry friend makes a mess that you will not notice until you get back home and the stench hits you. After thoroughly scrubbing the spot, there may still be a permanent dark blot left behind- like a memorial to Fluffy. These spots can be got rid of as part of the floor sanding process.
Avoid the frustrations of The DIY floor sanding process
With floor sanding, unless you have extensive experience- and access to the proper equipment, it is not something you should try as a DIY project. Those that have can attest to the stresses that are involved. In fact, many throw in the towel and call in the floor sanding experts in the middle of the task, to complete it and attempt to reverse the damages made. What starts out as a means to make savings ends up snowballing into a costly process that digs deep into your pocket. For starters, with the equipment alone, the units that are available for renting from stores has less capacity compared to the industrial-grade machinery that the professionals rely on. The latter comes with a heavy price tag and requires skills to properly maintain it. For the rental units, in order to make them more portable and affordable, they are made smaller and lighter, which negatively impacts on the sanding process. Basically, you begin the task when you’re already at a considerable disadvantage when it comes to the power needed to carry out a thorough sanding. The process ends up taking longer- and remember that you’re being charged for renting on a daily basis. What’s more, different sets of equipment are required for working on the various areas, from the drum sanders to the edgers and orbital sanders. There’s also the buffing units, and additional vacuums that come into the picture. Sanding discs will also need to be purchased, with different girt levels depending on the condition of the flooring.
Acquiring the equipment is just the just step. Using it appropriately is a whole different issue. It’s common for DIYers using belt sanders to leave large drum marks on the floor due to not running them properly. Sanding unevenly creates dips and divots on the floor surface, which can be permanent. Since the weight of the machinery will simply follow the floor profile, it ends up ruining the results. Sanding too deep into the wood structure additionally reduces its lifespan, and the number of times it can be successfully refinished. Oversights like those screwheads that are sticking out of the floor can damage the sanders- and the cost of repair will be an additional liability on your part. Not properly removing the old finish- perhaps due to quickly passing the sanders over the surface, affects the latter treatments that are to be applied. This will ruin the final results, and the entire task will need to be redone.
What of dealing with the dust? For starters, without proper containment systems, the particles end up being strewn all over the property, with the fine and lighter dust hanging in the air space, slowly coating the different surfaces. The countertops, electrical appliances, tables, window sills, sockets, the chandeliers, sink and air conditioning system- none is safe from the dust that is being generated. An intensive cleaning job will need to be undertaken before you can proceed with the rest of the floor renovation, which ends up consuming more of your time. There is also the risk of starting a fire, with all those bags of wood sanding dust. These risks are avoided with the dust free floor sanding systems that are employed by the professionals for the task.
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