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Dustless floor sanding addresses dual concerns

Posted on February 20th, 2012 In: Articles, Floor Sanding Articles

Sanding and finishing wood floors is an important part of renovating any home that contains hardwood flooring.  Some homeowners, however, are quite reluctant to telephone a floor sanding services company because they have concerns about the dust and particulate matter that can be produced any time a hardwood floor is sanded smooth.

Concerns about cleanliness

A typical sanding operation can raise a great deal of dust.  In order to keep this dust from getting into every nook and cranny in the home, typical preparation includes laying down plastic sheeting over areas such as windowsills and furniture that adjoins the wood floor area.  Furniture that used to be on the wood floor itself is, of course, moved out of the way during the sanding operation.

There will be some need for clean up afterwards, and even with plastic sheeting in place, homeowners may still find that some dust from sanding has worked its way beneath the protective layer.  Short of using a dustless sanding operation, there is little to be done.

Concerns about health

Some people worry about floor sanding because they are aware that hardwood flooring has typically been impregnated with chemicals.  In addition, some species used in modern flooring applications also contain natural chemicals that are carcinogenic.  In the main, this is a much greater concern for sanders who are exposed on a daily basis than for the infrequent exposure a homeowner must contend with.  Still, concerns remain.

Both health and cleanliness concerns can be addressed through the use of dustless floor sanding in which particulates are vacuumed up as soon as they are produced.

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