One of the problems we face when working for clients is minimizing the amount of dust we create, especially when it comes to sanding. Sanding can be an incredibly dusty affair and can sometimes require hours of prep depending on the size of the job at hand. One of the most difficult aspects of decorating is when you have to sand a large area or surface, lets say a staircase for example, this creates lots of dust, even if done by hand. In some cases you may have to use electric sanders, which creates even more dust. This obviously isn’t ideal if working in someone’s home, in most cases areas have to be covered up with plastic sheeting and in some circumstances openings to other rooms sealed up. Now you might be thinking that some electric sanders come with an attachment for a vacuum cleaner and a majority of them do, however these machines will often take only about 30% of the dust away perhaps 40% at the most depending on the manufacturer. This obviously isn't much , even if all the furniture is covered and other sections of the house are sealed off from the residual dust.
The most important aspect when sanding indoors is health, even with sheeting up of areas for protection, dust can settle on the material used. The dust can then be dispersed into the air once the sheeting is lifted defeating the purpose of the whole process. This dust can then be inhaled, which is obviously not good for the health of both the people conducting the work and clients, especially if they suffer from asthma or any other respiratory illness.
The need to cover furniture and mask off sections of a house can also be labour intensive; this as a result can increase the cost of a project quite dramatically. Having areas masked off and furniture sheeted is also incredibly inconvenient for customers, especially in private homes. So what is the answer? Well the only solution is if there was virtually no dust made at all, or rather, as soon as the dust is created it is taken away. How is the possible you may ask? Well at Hughes and Hughes Decorating Services we use a Mirka Deros dust extraction sanding system, which offers a virtually dust free solution when sanding indoors. This system is far superior to just attaching a vacuum to a conventional sander as the dust is removed through the sander itself. The sander uses a specialist perforated sanding pad that allows minute particles of dust to pass through into the internal vacuum section of the sander. This allows virtually all the dust to be collected, meaning that large surfaces that require sanding could be sanded without there being any of the issue’s mentioned above.
The other benefit of using a tool such as this is it saves money by being far more efficient than conventional sanding methods while also providing better finish to the job.