There are a lot of companies out there claiming that they can carry out dust free sanding but this is often interpreted incorrectly. Whenever someone handles or refurbishes wood the result is sawdust or dust. Anyone who sands their wood floor runs the risk of spreading dust around their home.
Many factors affect the volume of dust produced: the species of wood, the machinery that is being used and the steps put in place just before work takes place. The more dense the species of your wood floor is, the less dust it produces. Exceptions to this rule are teak and Granwood, which – no matter how many precautions are taken – give off a lot of dust!
So when you come across the term “dust free sanding” you should not take it literally. Dust is, of course, produced by the sanding process. However, a good sanding machine will have a dust extraction system fitted to it, and these are surprisingly effective. Once the sanding is complete a professional contractor will take the time to vacuum up any residual dust and complete any other clean-up as necessary. The result – dust free sanding!
NOTE: Some dust produced by the process will become airborne and may take a few days to settle.
At Amber Floors Maintenance Ltd, we use Lägler machines for our sanding and also on our maintenance contracts. These machines were specifically designed to maximise dust collection. (If you’re interested there’s a note at the end about Eugen Lägler and the machines he’s created). We also believe that taking time to prepare a site prior to sanding goes a long way towards minimising the spread of dust. When we’re working in your home we ensure that doors to adjoining rooms are kept closed where possible. If we’re sanding in a kitchen then we’ll seal doors and cupboards with masking tape and cover your worktops and appliances with sheets. If we are sanding a hallway then we lay dust sheets up your stairs. In short, we always take the time to seal off our work area as effectively as we possibly can. Furthermore, we always clean our way out of your home so that you don’t have to clean up after us.
Born in Frauenzimmern and trained as a mechanical engineer, Eugen Lägler recognised in the fifties the significance of automation in parquet sanding. He called this first belt sander the “HUMMEL” due to its humming drive noise – without foreseeing that this name would soon become a synonym for perfect parquet sanding. The Hummel is used to sand the main area of a floor. Outstanding build quality and years of fine tuning of Eugene Lägler’s original 1970’s design means the Hummel is often copied but never equalled. Lägler (the company) say, “the Lägler Hummel is the best known floor sanding machine in the world with long life technology for perfect sanding results.”
We use the Hummel for the main surface area. Maximum dust emissions are a tiny 2mg per cubic meter (which equates to around a cap full of dust per bin liner, so tiny an amount, it’s barely worth taking down the pictures in your home). We use the Lägler Flip for edge sanding, which gets to all the areas the Hummel can’t reach. Again, Lägler’s combination of high build quality and constant innovation led the design of the Flip, an extremely effective edge sander with enormous suction power. Max dust emissions are 0.5mg per cubic meter. We finish with the TRIO Finishing Sander is the ultimate dust free sanding machine, designed to fine sand your floors to perfection. Only then do we think about applying your chosen surface product.