Dustless Floor Sanding – How it Works
Ten years ago, you would never have imagined a sandblaster tradesperson coming to your house and sanding your floors without you having to cover all your furniture, hide away all valuable objects and then prepare for the dust storm.
Times have changes; or rather, technology has changed. It’s improved immensely. So much so that you can now get your flooring sanded without any dust. No dust. Just a clean, neat, beautiful, new-looking floor. What could be better than that?
So how does this all work?
This dustless process creates fewer dust particles than the standard sanding process. With the professional and proper system in place about 99% of the dust that would otherwise be released into the air is caught and contained in the dust machine. It can be disposed of easily and without any dusty hassles.
The technical part
An extremely powerful cyclone-style separator is hooked up to a vacuum. The dust machine captures 99% of the dust that comes from the sander. It is so efficient in storing the dust and then filtering it through a process of its own that involves your vacuum’s powerful suction properties.
Other machines in the same class offer integrated, sensor-monitored dust suction and dust-free disposal. A truly unique dust seal that permits the large dust collection hose suck up the dust and debris.
Fine dust is brought through the filter, while heavier dust is sucked down to a bag.
Why is it good for you?
Dustless sanding is a breakthrough for people with asthma and dust allergies. It’s also a good idea to use this process in places where dust could cause harm – such as places like hospitals, schools, etc.
What makes this good for you also is that it can help cut out your finishing problems, which many hardwood floor problems cause due to dust that isn’t removed properly
Just think of the time also you’ll save on dustless sanding! A standard sanding process would take so much more time because of the clean-up that’s needed.
There are the reasons why you should consider using dustless sanding for your next project. There’s still one more thing to consider, however. Convenience – besides the time being saved without having to clean up afterwards, let’s reiterate what we mentioned earlier: you won’t have to do any preparations beforehand. It can be done the same day you call in for a sanding.
Moreover, owing to the technological advancements, which are ongoing as this is being read, there are so many improvements in cleaning, polishing and sanding your flooring.
Also, your flooring options are vast. There are many types of sanding machines available.
If you need more information about dustless sanding and which flooring you can use it on or what exactly is involved in the process, contact us and ask us all the questions specific to your needs. Everyone has various needs that are somewhat different than other’s needs.
Pros and Cons of Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood flooring looks gorgeous in any part of the house. Let’s be honest, hardwood floors are just the ultimate choice when it comes to flooring. But is gorgeous enough? Will gorgeous remain gorgeous if it’s in the kitchen?
Bear in mind that the kitchen is the most trafficked part of your home. Think about it. Where, besides the living room, do most of the gossip sessions happen? Cooking, making tea, spilling your milk as you walk out of the kitchen. The kitchen is a wet zone – and unfortunately for hardwood, water is its enemy.
But there are options and ways around it if you are still adamant you want that gorgeous hardwood floor in your kitchen.
Let’s have a quick look at the pros and cons of having hardwood flooring in your kitchen:
- Hardwood flooring offers that rich interior to your home you won’t find in any other wood.
- Hardwood actually ages well, like a good wine.
- Hardwood, once installed, will scarcely ever be needed a refurbishment.
- Hardwood attracts less dust than other materials because it is considered a non-electromagnetic source.
- Hardwood, like its name, is hard. It is durable. Compare it to engineered flooring and drop the same object on both floors and you will see the dent in the engineered one.
- Hardwood is comfortable to sit on (e.g. babies, dogs) in spite of its hard, strong nature.
- Unfortunately, hardwood flooring requires regular polishing. To maintain is natural ‘finish’ it needs to be properly polished every three years.
- Hardwood attracts termites. This can be a big problem. This means that you may have to maintain it regularly to ensure your floor isn’t attacked by termites, which will eat through your flooring.
- Owing to the heavy traffic, hardwood is prone to receive scratch marks from shoes such as high heel points and even your cat’s nails.
- In the kitchen, there are so many ways you can think of just now how spillages can occur, which if left unmopped, can soak in the floor and eventually cause warping.
- When you mop the floor, you must be extra careful not to use a dripping mop, but one that is damp only.
Looking at the pros and cons, it seems that it depends really on how you are in your home. Are there kids there, animals? However, as a general rule of thumb, most flooring installers in Perth do not recommend hardwood flooring for the kitchen.
However, there is still something you can do.
Have your hardwood installed and then coat it professionally with polyurethane to add extra protection against spillages and the foot traffic.
You should have a professional do this for you because if done without right, it could end up ruining the beautiful quality of the hardwood. Another tip, while we’re on polyurethane, it’s better to order the material first and then have the polyurethane done afterwards than having them come pre-made.
But ultimately it is your decision. If you’d like to talk this decision over with a floor expert, contact us and we’d be happy to advise.
Looking After Parquet Flooring
Parquet flooring upkeep is the question here. And it’s an important one because it’s an elegant, beautiful and sophisticated flooring; in fact, it’s a piece of art. So how do you make sure that it remains picture-perfect?
We’ve got some tips to help you keep your parquet flooring in tiptop shape. Read these tips and your flooring will look just as beautiful as the day you installed them, minus the dust from the installers.
Here are you parquet flooring tips to keep them in great condition:
Cleaning Your Parquet Floor
The cleaning process depends on whether or not you have had a layer of polyurethane finishing on your parquet flooring. If you have this lining then it’s best to use a special hard-wood cleaner every week. If your parquet flooring was finished with varnish then it’s best to be cleaned one every four months with special wax so that you can buff the floor with a soft cloth until you are satisfied with the look.
We also suggest a sweeper or vacuum on the floors regularly to remove dirt and dust just as you would with carpets. Try not to use harsh chemicals like bleach.
Moisture in Parquet Flooring
You need to watch out for moisture. The good news about parquet flooring is that the wood used is made to enhance moisture resistance. Years ago, we didn’t have the technology to manufacture parquet flooring with this resistance. Mop your floors as usual, but use a damp mop, not a dripping wet one. A good tip during humid seasons, is to use wipe the floors with a dry cloth every so often.
Keep in mind to remove spills as soon as they occur. Parquet flooring absorbs moisture, and unfortunately over time it can become warped.
Parquet Floor Stains
Spills that aren’t cleaned up straight away can leave lasting stains. If this happens, it’s best to use a non-abrasive wood cleaner with a soft cloth. Marks from shoes can be buffed gently using a cleaner and very fine steel wool – then apply some parquet-suitable wax to the flooring.
Cleaners designed for parquet floors can be used to scrub, gently. The key here is to use as little water as possible to prevent water damage. Don’t scrub too harshly. Be gentle but persistent. The stain will go away.
Parquet flooring is rather vulnerable to heavy traffic. By preventing this, you can ensure that the flooring will not look aged and worn. So, when you move furniture or buy a new lounge suite, remember to be gentle and vigilant of scratches moving furniture can make on your parquet flooring.
Parquet flooring is also sun-sensitive. It might be a good idea to have curtains or blinds to prevent the sunlight from glaring on the floors for prolonged periods of time. This can lead to fading.
One last thing, if you have pets, keep their nails trimmed to prevent scratch marks.
Parquet Flooring Touch-ups
If you start to notice that your parquet flooring is starting to look worn out or aged, you can actually touch it up. Here’s how:
Use a touch-up stick that’s made with special wax to repair flooring marks. Try to find the right colour that matches the floor. Finish it off with the buffing techniques you learned above.
Now, for the more technical-minded and hands-on type of person, either call in a professional or you could drill a shallow hole in the damaged piece and use a chisel to remove the wood. You can then replace the piece with a new piece of flooring. Cut it to size and use parquet floor adhesive and install it.
With these great tips in mind, you’ll soon be walking on parquet-perfect floors. It may seem like a long list, but when you break it down, it’s pretty simple. You really don’t need to call in a professional to keep your parquet flooring in mint condition.
Remember why you first decided to install your parquet flooring. Keep that in mind and you’ll be sure to let the pride of your floors, and house, return. Look forward to inviting guests to your ‘new’ home soon!
Of course, if you are looking for a professional to take over the refurbishment of your parquet flooring, feel free to contact us for information on how we can assist.