By Nick Dancer and Abigail Reuille
When considering polished concrete or epoxy floor coatings as a flooring solution, clients may be concerned about the mess that may be left behind. This is a valid concern since clouds of dust commonly come to mind when thinking of concrete projects. The dust created through preparing, cutting and grinding concrete surfaces is unavoidable. It’s how we, at Dancer Concrete Design, control that dust that makes all the difference.
We think that dust control is a large part of a satisfactory project. To achieve this, we hook up our equipment to specialty vacuums created to handle concrete dust. These vacuums have purging systems that allow the vacuum to clean its filters of the fine concrete dust while continuing to perform. There are different vacuums used depending on the size and scope of each project.
Generally, our team creates less dust than other construction trades on a project. If a situation presents itself where the maximum dust control is necessary, we offer these additional options:
- Dust control package: An extra team member is on-site throughout the grinding processes to vacuum all dust left behind by the main grinder.
- Hanging extra tape and plastic: This is popular in industrial settings where intricate machines require the utmost protection, as well as in residential settings where entire rooms can be closed off during the grinding processes to prevent any dust from entering.
- Implementing air scrubbers: Air scrubbers collect any loose dust that may have escaped into the air.
- Vacuuming floors at the end of the project instead of using microfibers.
With all the dust control efforts, there is always a chance of small amounts of dust during a project. This can be simply from walking across the floor and getting dust stuck to footwear. We do recommend a thorough cleaning of your space when we leave the job site, but we reassure you that our best efforts will be taken to control concrete dust.