I have sanded my hardwood floors and vacuumed them three times. There is stil a dust residue and I'm looking
for an easy way to remove the dust prior to sealing the floor. I do have tack cloths but I've got a lot of
flooring. Will mineral spirits do the job or is there something else I can use? I will be using an oil based
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DennyG, what kind of vacuum are you using? Regular house vacuum, one with a HEPA filter, or a shop vac? Also, what's the motor size? I have an old Hoover Celebrity with a canister motor and another one in the floor attachment and it sucks up everything. Maybe a more powerful vacuum cleaner would help?
I think you'd have to use a lot of mineral spirits to get all the remaining sawdust, which would be a concern because of the fumes, even with good ventilation.This message has been edited. Last edited by: GardenSprite,
a tack cloth is nothing more than a rag that is soaked in mineral spirits with a little varnish in it just enough to make the cloth sticky. I would make one using a micro-fiber cloth and the varnish/ mineral spirits mix. I would also do one room at a time after I vacuumed with a good vacuum that has a HEPA filter
I would also use a quick drying varnish that has been thinned 3 to one and wipe it on rather than brush it, using a lint free cloth
I do a lot of woodworking and have tried all different ways of finishing, and find this is my preferred method
Sometimes I even use acetone for a thinner for oil based poly, for even faster drying
Naptha will dry faster than mineral spirits, but not as fast as acetone
Make sure you use a painters mask that has cartridges for organic solvents if you don't want to cook your liver
I am betting the dust from sanding the floors can be a lot like drywall dust. It will accumulate everywhere including on walls, ceilings and every window or trim ledge? And when air circulates from furnace, window or even walking through, it will float down on the floor. I would seal off all heat ducts, (and remember to change air filters before use, after it is varnished).
I would shop garage sale/thrift stores and use old towels, microfibers or anything that did not shed a lot of lint and just dampen lightly with a spray of water, and wipe all surfaces to catch as much dust as possible. Maybe increase humidity a bit too to keep the stuff from floating to the floor, before you get ready to varnish. And not allow air to artificially circulate till the varnish skins over.
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