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Service #2:

DUSTLESS SANDING... no more mess!

Dust is a big issue... probably the biggest issue people have with restoring their floors. Coming home to a thick layer of dust on and in everything in your home is a daunting thought. Dust on your walls, in your curtains, throughout your cupboards, in your duct work. How does that sound?

Until recently, this was part and parcel with having your floors sanded. I’m guessing you don’t really want that hassle.

Dusty Way to Sand Wood Floors
The old, traditional way of sanding with a cloth bag
Hardwood Floor Sanding with Dustless Equipment
Our way of sanding where the dust is contained

Why Is There So Much Dust?

The basic answer is that the sanding machines we use are not properly designed to contain the wood dust that is being removed.

As the floor is sanded, the dust is collected in a cloth bag tied to the belt sanding machine. This works to collect the bulk of the heavy sawdust. But unfortunately, it’s not very effective at collecting all the super fine dust that escapes. The same with the edgers, which are even less effective at keeping the dust in its small bag.

When these bags are emptied, and they need to be regularly, transferring the dust into a big plastic bag causes a huge cloud of micro dust.

Other sanding machines, like the buffer, don’t even have a collection bag. You can imagine the mess they make. This micro dust gets into the air and covers absolutely everything, resulting in the mess that so many people associate with hardwood floor restorations.

Why It's an Issue...

Apart from the huge mess to clean up, more concerning is that almost all sanding dust is extremely toxic. The top layer we are removing is basically old chemical filled coatings that were applied decades ago. Who knows what's in them. I'm sure you don't want you or your family and pets to be breathing that concoction in.

It also effects the quality of the finished result, as any stray dust or debris can land in the final coat and cause lumps and bumps which is also not wanted.

Recent Advancements

For many decades, there was no real answer to this dust issue. Basically, if you wanted to restore your wood floors, you put up with the dust. Yes, you could put up plastic to seal off rooms, but if you were refinishing your entire home, that didn’t help much. You could vacuum up and wipe things down, but that didn’t help if dust entered your duct system, or got into your curtains or closets full of clothing.

Thankfully in recent years there have been huge advancements made in dust containment systems. Now you can hook up specialty vacuum systems to the machines and retrofit sanding machines with dust containment skirts to contain up to 97-98% of the dust created. As they are sealed contained units, they greatly reduce airborne dust.

Our Dustless System

Over the years, as these advancements came out, we researched, experimented with and tested numerous systems. Finally, we have found a great system that is portable, quiet and extremely effective.

It has completely changed the condition we leave our clients homes in. The comparison between the old dinosaur way of using cloth bags (that many businesses still use) and our new system is like night and day. We love it and you will too.

OPTION 1
Standard Dust Control

We offer dustless sanding as a standard feature on every floor we work on. (We kind of have to… it’s in our company’s name.) This standard dustless package is a huge upgrade over traditional sanding with a dusty cloth bag.

FREE SERVICEOur standard
HEPA dustless
equipment.

Our Standard Dust Control set up comprises of a very powerful multi-component vacuum system. The vacuum is attached to a pre-separation drum that we have modified with double cyclones for increased efficiency. This set-up is able to facilitate multiple hoses.

These hoses get hooked up to all the hardwood floor sanding machines... the belt sander, edgers and buffer.

HEPA Filter on Belt Sander
One of our belt sanders in action with the cyclone and HEPA filter combo and the hose running outside to the vacuum and sealed drum.

The belt sander then has a large cyclone HEPA filter and pre-separator attached to it. The cyclone creates a vortex between the air and dust made from the sander. This allows the dust to be separated and then efficiently sucked into a sealed drum.

It's very effective. We are able to contain at least 97 percent of the sanded dust with this set-up.

Belt Sander Dustless Set-Up
Setting up the cyclone/HEPA filter attachment on one of our belt sanders.
Collected Dust from Sanding Job
Here is the other half of the dustless system... this is usually set-up outside if possible.

OPTION 2
“White Glove” Service

But even though the standard system above is state-of-the-art and highly effective, despite what anyone says… there is no dust containment system that can collect one hundred percent of the dust created. It’s impossible.

That's why we offer this second choice. Everything above in Option 1 above is included... but there's 3 added features that guarantee a zero-dust environment after we have finished restoring your floors:

UPGRADE 1We hang
plastic to seal
off rooms.

On some projects there are rooms that need to be sealed off from the main work area. Tiled kitchens, carpeted living rooms etc. With this option, plastic sheeting will be hung up (with non-marking painters tape) in any of these non-work areas so we can form a protected dust free zone.

Sealing Room with Plastic Sheeting

UPGRADE 2We use our
BuildClean
Air Scrubber.

The neat contraption in the image is called a BuildClean. It sucks in dust filled air and passes it through multiple filters. After it removes the microscopic dust particles, the clean air is blown back out into the room. It's a powerful little system and helps catch any stray dust particles the main dustless system misses.

BuildClean Air scrubber

UPGRADE 3Detailed
wipe down at
end of job.

And finially, at the end of the project we will come in and wipe up any last remaining dust. We’ll wipe down your walls, light fixtures, windows, ledges, cupboards, pretty much everything in the rooms that we sanded and refinished. The end result is a spotless, dust free environment.

Detailed Clean Up of Remaining Dust

Our “White Glove” Service is a very effective containment and cleaning system. Between this and our dustless technology, we guarantee your home will be spick and span. There will be nothing for you to do but put your furniture back once the floors are dry. In fact, we’re so confident about our dustless system that we offer a 100% guarantee with it to ensure you’ll be happy.

Which option should I choose?

Either choice will provide a better result compared to the traditional way of sanding floors. Your choice between the two will depend on how far you want to go to ensure your home is dust free. If you are still renovating after we have finished your floors, then Option 1 would probably be the more logical choice.

But if you plan to move back in straight after your floors are done... and you don’t want to spend days cleaning up, then Option 2 will be a wise investment.

If you would more information about either of these options, please don’t hesitate to get in touch or ask during your in-home quote.

PHOTOS from past projects

HAPPY CLIENT feedback

I'm so happy with the way my floors turned out. Brian and his crew did an amazing job at saving my wood floors. He is extremely knowledgeable and very honest. Rebecca Van Dexter | Cherry Hill, NJ
5.0
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