Exploring the Health Advantages of Dust Free Hardwood Floor Sanding?
Health conscious consumers are always looking for the safest, most effective products and methods to just about everything when it comes to purchasing decisions. Even when it comes to construction, and home repairs the health advantages of one product over another will often decide which product or service is chosen.
In this article, we’re exploring the process of refinishing hardwood floors, and the how a health-minded home remodeler might better educate themselves on the benefits of dustless floor sanding versus older methods of breathing life back into your homes damaged or deteriorated hardwood flooring.
Dustless or Sandless – Which Harwood Floor Refinishing is Better?
The first thing you need to understand is that there is no such thing a 100% dustless, or sand less floor finishing method. No matter how good the marketing is, there will be some small amounts of dust and sand that will need to be cleaned up after even the most ardent professional is finished with your floor.
The thing to focus on is how “little” amount there will be. When a contractor says that they are using a Sandless method, know that they are really using the least efficient method for collecting the dust, and small airborne particles that are unavoidable when refinishing a hardwood floor.
Typically, a sander will be used to clear away the varnish, and the blemishes of your old floor and expose the next layer of clean wood beneath. This will make a lot of dust.
This dust, using the Sandless method, is then “blown” out of the back of the sander into a collection bag attached to the rear of the sanding equipment.
This method, while great at collecting the larger sawdust, and particles, is not very efficient at capturing all of the dust. Much of the dust and smaller particles that can get trapped floating into the air are not contained, therefore you can find yourself breathing it in, and finding fine layers on your walls, and furniture after the job is finished.
The more efficient method of dustless hardwood floor sanding take the process a step further, and many healthy consumers feel that the extra mile is worth the effort.
The dustless process differs from the Sandless in that it uses suction from an actual vacuum to pull in more dust-sized and light particles that would otherwise be left to float around your home.
Which Hardwood Floor Sanding Method is Healthiest?
The real difference is that the Sandless finishing blows the sawdust into a waiting back that has to have ventilation in it to allow air to escape making it less efficient.
The Dustless process is more like using your vacuum cleaner in that the dust and debris are “sucked” into a waiting container that uses filters to keep the mass majority of potentially airborne sawdust safely contained inside a canister where it belongs; not floating around waiting to be breathed in by you and your family.