Almost every homeowner dreads the thought of having their wood floors refinished due dust throughout the house. As you can see in this photograph, the dust on this wood floor job has gone down the stairwell and into the basement. As floor sanders, we eat and drink this dust daily, yet we should be professional and more considerate of our customers (and ourselves!). We must look through our customers’ eyes, not our own!

Old-school methods to avoid this include:

- turn the HVAC system down or even off

- block off air ducts with rags or filters during the sanding process.

- Block off doorways and openings with plastic sheeting using products like Zipwalls and tape.

- Bag off all cabinets to prevent dust from getting into every cabinet and pantry.

The second option is full dust containment equipment. This is an added value to your sales and your company’s reputation. Your money and time savings from not having to complete all the old-school methods above will make buying proper dust containment equipment a good investment. In addition, you can charge your customer a little bit more money and get strong reviews and referrals.

Roy Reichow

Roy Reichow has 44 years of experience in the wood flooring industry as a wood flooring expert. He holds all NWFA certifications including Inspector and Commercial Inspector, and is ranked one of the top three certified professionals with the NWFA. Roy has served on the NWFACP board of directors as well as past chairman. Roy founded National Wood Floor Consultants Inc. (NWFC) in 2001, a wood floor inspection/consultation firm. NWFC services include mediation, arbitration and litigation consulting and expert testimony for wood flooring design, flooring construction specifications, insurance and installation compliance claims. NWFC has extensive experience and expertise in performing wood floor evaluations/inspections including forensics, diagnostics, and investigations related to design, installation and construction defects.  Roy has authored many articles published in Wood Floor Business magazine as well as other trade publications. He is a national presenter at various conferences and leads educational seminars for wood floor professionals.

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I tell the customers to change their filters when they run the dust rag. I'm up front about there will be dust in every room on the floor where I am working. I leave a clean finished floor but sometimes, like always a picky house keeper is going to have to clean when I'm done.
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Allcourt Floor Restoration, In Thursday, 22 June 2017
I always have painter's plastic and blue tape ready for masking off anything I need to, in order to have a dust free environment outside the work area. I price this into all my estimates. I have priced up to 24 man hours on the most complex job (this is the reason we don't quote a per square foot rate! It's always worth it..... referrals from happy customers.
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Kurt Vollstedt Friday, 23 June 2017
Invest in your business and your health. Buy a dust control system! Just because you have always done without doesn't make it the best way. 24 man hours to install plastic would go a long way toward a good system.
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Highly recommend the zip wall system. So will anyof my customers