Wood Care And Getting The Most Out Of Your Installation
Wood floors have a lot going for them. Highly durable, they can withstand the traffic that is witnessed in modern day busy homes and commercial establishments. They are a renewable resource, having minimal impact on the environment compared to other flooring choices. In fact, wood is actually a carbon neutral product, since the carbon is trapped within it over the course of its life, and it also requires less energy and water during its production compared to other types of flooring. When taken care of, the floor installation can last for decades, even as long as the building itself. When it comes to indoor air quality, you won’t have to worry about it hoarding allergens and pollutants in its structure. Add the aesthetic appeal of the installations to this, as well as the warmth that they bring to the space, and it’s not hard to see why wood floors are amongst the most sought after, going as far as increasing the real estate value of a property.
Threats To Your Wood Floor
Over the course of its life, the wood floor will come under loads of abuse. Sure, its high durability enables it to withstand this for long, but it is not invincible. As the years go by, the signs of wear will become more prominent, calling for a sanding and refinishing to be carried out. Just what attacks your floor? One of the main causes of damage the abrasive soiling that is grinded against the floor under people’s shoes. This also includes the dirt that gets raked in from the outdoors. Areas that are frequently walked on will have traffic lanes developing due to the increased rates of wear. The kind of footwear also matters, such as for the case of stilettos exerting loads of pressure on the floor surface.
Excess moisture is also a concern. Given that wood is hygroscopic, it absorbs and loses moisture depending on how steep the moisture gradient is with the surrounding environment. So, when you have a case of spills being allowed to remain on the surface for long, plumbing leaks in the house, or the floor itself was installed over a wet concrete subfloor, all these will affect the wood. As the finish coats wear out as well, more moisture will be absorbed from the surrounding, causing the floorboards to gradually develop a grey colour. Note that the floor sanding and restoration will be a matter of urgency here. If ignored, the boards will become black, and at thins point they can only be replaced.
How You Benefit From Dustless Floor Sanding
While sanding is needed to restore the elegance of the floor, there is one particular troublesome issue: dust. The very nature of the process means that you cannot prevent dust from being generated. After all, sanding involves grinding away those old coats of finish, as well as a thin layer of the wood tissue itself. The dust that is produced in the process can wind up all over the indoor space, becoming a headache due to the intensity of the cleaning that will be required, as well as a health risk for those in the premises. However, technological advancements in the floorcare industry has seen the development of dustless floor sanding systems.
Here, powerful suction is used to capture those dust particles being grinded off the floor. Unlike conventional sanders which work with dust bags attached to the unit, with the dustless floor sanding systems the sanders are hooked up to the extraction vacuums which provide the suction power, and the particles are directed into containment units through pipes. For many of the systems, the containments units are mounted on trucks outside the building, and the dust is safely housed here awaiting disposal. This approach has plenty of benefits, including:
- Saving your time
With sanding taking place right at the start of the floor restoration project, you want it to take as short a time as possible. It’s actually the most laborious part of the project, which is why it is highly recommended that you get a professional to carry it out, as opposed to handling it as a DIY project. With dustless floor sanding in particular, one of its advantages comes in reducing the amount of clean-up required after the process. With the dust being captured immediately it’s generated and safely removed from the premises, you won’t have to worry about it coating your countertops, floors, getting into your sinks and vents, or ruining your electrical appliances. By cutting down the cleaning time, you will be in a position to proceed with the rest of the floor treatment process, reducing the disruption in your premises.
- Safe process
Dust is a threat is more ways than one. Firstly, it is combustible, and all it takes is a few sparks to lead to an inferno, which can cause costly damages. Secondly, those light and fine sanding dust particles that get airborne can be inhaled. As they go down the respiratory tract, they will scar the soft tissue. By nature, the dust is also an allergen, triggering reactions. What’s more, if it gets into the vents, it can be recirculated in the house for months, putting your loved ones at risk. With dustless floor sanding, these dangers are avoided. The containment system holding the dust takes away the fire hazard, and the powerful suction and high efficiency that these systems work with ensure that the particles are cleared from the indoor environment, thus preserving the air quality of your household.
Dust particles that remain lingering in the air can settle on the wood stain and finish coats that are applied. These adhere to the wet coats, ruining the quality of the results. In such a scenario, another round of floor sanding will need to be repeated, which will only end up costing you far much more in the long run. Dustless floor sanding comes in to prevent this from happening, preparing the surface for the treatment coats that are to follow, and not leaving behind particles that will affect the results.