Our 100% Dustless Sanding System
Augh, dust. I won’t lie… it’s the absolute worst thing about having your hardwood floors refinished. If you haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing it yet, just imagine coming home to your beautiful brand new refinished floors, all excited to move everything back in and realizing you have a huge clean-up task ahead of you.
Every cupboard you open is full of dust. Your window coverings are covered in it. The walls, fans, vents… absolutely everything in the house… has a thin layer of dust all over it. Have I put you off having your floors restored yet?
The dustless sanding set-up. Industrial vacuum hooked up to a cyclone dust separator on the big belt sander
The cyclone in action... you can see the dust being sucked up in the vortex created and being passed through to the vacuum
Our dustless system is also hooked up to the smaller sanding machines
We also use dust scrubbers that remove any tiny remaining amounts of dust in the air
This is the dust created from just a couple of hours of sanding. Our dustless system prevents this from ending up all over your house.
Up until recently, this was just considered a normal part of having your hardwood floors restored. Thankfully it doesn’t have to be that way anymore.
Is a 100% Dustless System actually obtainable?
Yes, despite sounding unrealistic, it is possible. It’s not as complicated as you might think either. Below I’ll show you the exact steps we take to make sure we can fulfil our dustless promise.
But first I should answer…
Why is there so much dust in the first place?
The simple answer is we are removing a LOT of wood from your floor and the dust it generates is hard to contain with the standard sanding machines we use. Unfortunately, they weren’t designed to be dustless. Most make use of a cloth bag that is somewhat effective at catching the vast majority of the dust created. But what it doesn’t catch is blown out into the room and spreads everywhere. Then when these bags are emptied the mess multiplies.
Many of the machines don’t have any bags or containment solution at all. The buffer is the worst machine in this category. It’s a dust cloud making machine. As are the smaller powerful edgers.
New dust containment solutions
For decades, it was just accepted as the norm. Want your floors refinished, enjoy the dust and clean-up afterwards. The more careful contractors would use plastic barriers to separate parts of the house not being sanded to keep the mess in that section. But if your whole house was being restored it didn’t help much.
In recent years, there has been a big push to clean up the sanding process. It started with and even messier trade, concrete grinding. The hardwood floor sanding industry has “borrowed” technology from that industry and now there are dustless sanding systems available to attach to hardwood floor sanding equipment. When these are retro-fitted, it’s possible to contain up to 98% of the sanding dust.
The dustless system we use
As these new systems came to market, we researched and tested many of them. Our goal was to find a system that would be quiet, portable and highly efficient. We’re happy to say we have found the perfect system for us and our clients. You can see photos of it over to the right.
It has revolutionized the way we sand and the condition we leave our clients homes in. It’s night and day compared to the old cloth bag way of trying to keep dust contained. We love it and we know you will too. All our sanding equipment is connected to it and 98% of the dust we sand up is captured in it.
However, even though our state-of-the-art system is super-efficient at containing dust… it’s impossible to contain 100% hundred percent of the dust created.
So How We Go From 98% to 100% Dustless?
In order to get that last annoying 2 percent of dust we put our thinking caps on and came up with the idea of teaming up with a professional cleaning company.
At the end of the project, after we have packed up and the floor is dry, they come in and wipe absolutely everything down to ensure the areas we worked in are completely dust free.
It’s a very simple system but very effective. We guarantee our dustless equipment along with our cleaners will leave your home spotless. All you need to do is move your furniture back in and enjoy your new floors.
We offer a 100% guarantee with this upgrade. If you’re not happy with the lack of dust, we’ll send the cleaners in again until you are.
Feel free to ask about this upgrade and our guarantee during your in-home quote.