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Guide to Dustless Sanding and Refinishing of Wood

Posted on November 3, 2021 by fivestarwood

To prevent your rooms from looking dull, you’ll periodically need to get your hardwood floors refinished to remove any signs of wear and tear and restore the glossy finish.

These days you can opt for dustless sanding and refinishing for your floors. For those of us who dislike dust or suffer from allergies, it won’t only be troublesome but also harmful to get your floors refinished. That’s why we’ve created this helpful guide to help you understand the basics of dustless sanding.

What is Dustless Sanding and is it Any Better?

Kitchen floor after dustless sanding and refinishing


Dustless sanding involves lightly scuffing the hardwood floor, using a chemical to etch it, and recoating the top surface. The main equipment used is the buffing machine, which has a containment unit to pull in most of the dust, gets rid of the mess, finishes the work faster, and protects those who might suffer from allergies.

Even though this process is called ‘dustless,’ you’ll still have to clean up a bit as it creates some dust. But at least you won’t need to evacuate your home when the floors are being refinished.

The Positives of Dustless Sanding

Aside from not producing a lot of dust, dustless refinishing is also quick. One of the biggest benefits of dustless sanding is that your ventilation system wouldn’t be jammed by dust and debris.

Also, if you’re someone with pets, you can rest easy knowing that the refinishing process won’t harm your furry friends either. Lastly, It’s a lot cheaper and easier to restore the shine of your floors and make them feel brand new.

The Downside of Dustless Sanding

Dustless refinishing is only useful when you’re dealing with light repairs like smoothing out minor scratches or polishing the top surface. But you can’t change the color of your floor or replace damaged pieces with this process. Additionally, some types of hardwood flooring, like engineered wood flooring, can’t be refinished repeatedly because it damages the panels.

If you’ve made up your mind about getting a dustless refinishing job for your hardwood floors, contact our team at Five Star Wood. We provide customized flooring services to meet our client’s needs. Check out our service areas for more detailed information, or reach out to us today to get a free quote.