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How dusty will my home be from having my hardwood floors sanded?

Posted by Aaron Schaalma on Nov 05, 2018

When working with clients during the consultation period, one question I am asked quite frequently is how much dust will be created in the process of refinishing the floors. Here at Signature Custom  Flooring, we want to provide our clients with the best possible experience, so we take pride in treating your home how we would want ours treated when having work done on it. I remember a statement from a carpenter, before I started sanding hardwood floors, that stuck with me. He said, you can do a great job, but if you leave the home dirty when you leave, that will stick with them longer than the great quality of work you do! So, in order to provide our clients with the best possible experience, we have spent a lot of time and done our research to equip ourselves with the machines that allow us to complete a job virtually dust free. Let’s take a closer look at how we accomplish this.

When we refinish hardwood floors a lot of dust is created as a byproduct. One of the main components in controlling the dust is our large dust containment system that all of our tools and machines are connected to. Think of the large dust containment system as a giant vacuum that has three powerful motors. The dust created by the machines is drawn into the dust containment system, the sawdust is deposited into a bag and then the air passes through a filter before being recirculated. This system is highly efficient and eliminates virtually all of the dust created in the process. This allows our clients to have peace of mind knowing that after we leave they will not have a huge cleaning project ahead of them after the dust has settled. But we didn’t just stop there.

We wanted to take it a step further, and so we added an air scrubber to our arsenal to combat the dust that is created in the refinishing process. Even though the dust containment system catches the majority of the dust, we understand that dust can be created from some hand tools that can’t be connected to the dust containment system, or when changing out the bag as the vacuum system can’t run during this process. Due to this, we also use an air scrubber to help with any free floating dust that occurs when the dust containment system is off or not in use. The air scrubber draws in the surrounding air into a pre-filter, to collect the majority of dust, and then passes it through a HEPA filter to collect even the smallest particles, before returning the air. These machines help to create a dust free environment when working on the job, and provide our clients with the satisfaction of knowing that when we leave, their house might even be cleaner than when we arrived.


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