Dirt, Dust and Toxicity…
Avoid Living in a Toxic Home Forever...
The issue of cleanliness is one that’s always present in our minds prior to the beginning of a home improvement project.
Flooring projects are no exception to this rule which is why many times Chicago homeowners choose to delay their flooring project more than they should.
But we realized that if properly approached, the mess associated with a flooring project can be drastically reduced.
The causes for most of the mess created during a wood flooring project
are: improper job preparation and dirt being carried in the
house from outside.
The solution: to avoid dirt from being carried in the house, our workers are required to wear protective boots while working in your house.
All the doors of the rooms we are working in are sealed to ensure dust containment in the area of the house that the project is on.
When working in the kitchen area we will seal your cabinets using tape and plastic to ensure that no dust will go inside your cabinets.
We will remove the base shoe prior to beginning the job to ensure no damage will be done during the sanding phase. The base will be covered with tape and cardboard to avoid damages during the sanding/finishing phase.
All the cuts are being done using tools equipped with dust collection bags to ensure minimum dust exposure of the property.
Dust After the Completion of The Project
No matter how hard we try, there is still going to be some dust in the air.
This is why, once the project is completed, our cleaning crew will come in to clean up your property to the point where it will be just as clean as it was prior to the beginning of the project.
Other: Smoking is prohibited in the house and when smoking outside of the house, the cigarette butts are always collected in a special can and thrown in the garbage.
Most of the flooring related fires, start from the garbage bag. Either from the dust collected from the old floor during the sanding process or from improperly extinguished cigarette buts, thrown in the bag and left unattended overnight... The three basic rules for a safe wood flooring project are: never smoke in the house, always empty the collecting bag from the sanding tools, never leave garbage bags in the house overnight.
The Toxicity Issue
The toxicity that comes from sanding and finishing a hardwood floor has always been a problem the homeowner seemed to be stuck with.
The awful smell emanated by floor finishes is part of the reason many homeowners are hesitating when it comes to planning a flooring project.
Even worse, and unknown to many homeowners, is the fact that even after the smell is gone, the toxicity remains.
But if you understand where the toxicity is coming from and what are the steps required to avoid it you can protect yourself from these problems.
So, let’s take a look...
The two sources of toxicity a homeowner have to leave with after finishing an improperly executed flooring project come from two sources: the dust in the duct system and the volatile organic compounds emanated by the freshly applied finish.
These are two dangerous, well hidden, enemies that you will have to live with if the job was improperly executed or if you made a wrong choice in selecting the floor finish.
We’ve addressed them both and eliminated the problems that come with it in the process.
This is how...
The Dust in the Duct System…
The danger of dust getting in the duct system represents an aspect often overlooked by the homeowner and most of the times by the contractor. While the contractor has an incentive to forget, since he will save time and money by doing so, the homeowner simply doesn’t realize how important it is to address this issue prior to starting the project.
Once the dust is in your duct system it will be continually blown into your house, sucked back in the system and blown again until the ductwork will be cleaned by a professional contractor.
The symptoms associated with dust in the ductwork are varying from the mildest ones like dry throat, insomnia, constant discomfort to the very dangerous ones like developing different forms of cancer in the long run.
This is why, is important to address this aspect in the beginning before it turns into a problem.
We did so in a very simple, still very effective, manner.
By sealing all the vents and by stopping the HVAC system during the execution of the project, all the problems associated with dust exposure after the floor sanding/refinishing is done, have been eliminated.
The Toxicity in the Floor Finishes…
Flooring Projects Shouldn't be Toxic!
VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) have been for many years the hidden enemy nobody was aware of. They are a part of most, if not all, old finishes and still a part of many of the existing finishes today.
Volatile Organic Compounds a part of most stains and finishes are known to have negative effects on one’s health, varying from sore throat and nose to the extreme cases where some of these compounds are believed to cause cancer in humans.
Today, many people are aware of their presence in various types of finishes and are always trying to avoid using such finishes.
We’ve upgraded our line of products to meet your needs and are now offering VOC FREE floor stains and finishes along with the other types of finishes we’ve always offer.
We will discuss your options with you to make sure you understand the differences between the two categories and help you reach a decision.
Regardless of the choice you’ll make, we will make sure that you will make an informed decision.
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