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Using Dustless Sanding for Flooring Contractors

Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010

Dust. No one likes it. It's messy and allergenic and never seems to go away once it's made its home on your walls, floors, and furniture. It's the ghost that haunts your home or office endlessly. And that's just everyday dust.

How about the dust fuss when talking about sanding and resurfacing wood floors? It coats everything. You can put down covers, you can vacuum it up, but no matter how conscientious you are, it can't compare to the benefits of dustless sanding.

Dustless sanding sounds almost like an oxymoron, but it isn't thanks to technology developed several years ago. It's a technology that is rather expensive at this point however, so most flooring contractors haven't jumped on board. But it's tremendously successful when implemented and marketed well, as Chris Zizza points out in his article, "Cleaning Up" in Hardwood Floors.

Basically dustless sanding is all about the equipment. You have to purchase either containment/trailer or truck-mounted systems. These can cost upwards of $65,000, but to the wise investor, this equipment pays for itself over time because in the right market, once people experience the dustless method, they don't go back. And what a way to differentiate yourself in a large market?

In talking about residential and smaller buildings, not all "dustless" systems are the same, you might note. The most effective method is actual evacuation (where you use hoses that reach from your truck into the room). Some contractors use smaller containment units, which are better than regular sanding but aren't as effective as the evacuation systems.

The benefits to using a dustless system are tremendous. You don't have to hang plastic, which cuts down on time, and you don't have to have your workers dress up in getups that look like haz-mat suits. The machinery simply evacuates the dust via hoses. The dust doesn't get the chance to land! And to put it into context, imagine what it does for people with allergies and asthma. Their exposure to dust and the allergens and carcinogens (when talking about hardwood floor resurfacing) it contains is reduced by huge margins. Really, who wouldn't prefer this method?

Cleaner, safer, more efficient…definitely something to consider.