For Jesse Kinsey, hardwood floors are a family legacy. He, his brother, and two of his uncles make their livings mastering the art of installing and refinishing hardwood floors with various companies. He founded his own company, Kinsey Hardwood Flooring, seven years ago to service the greater areas of Northern Oregon and Southern Washington.
Today his business consists of about 70 percent refinishing jobs and 30 percent installing new floors. For every job, a detailed and thorough vacuuming four to six times during the process helps ensure a quality result. Kinsey uses his ProTeam Super CoachVac HEPA backpack vacuum to clean the environment and capture fine dust from sanding that can ruin a finish.
“Dust is like water. It gets anywhere and everywhere,” said Kinsey. “Any movement of air pushes dust around, especially the small particles you can’t see. When the air settles in a couple hours, those particles get into the finish, and the finished floor will not be smooth.”
The vacuum’s Four Level Filtration system captures microscopic particles in a HEPA media filter, not only capturing sanding dust but also allergens and asthma triggers. Kinsey says his customers specifically ask for HEPA, knowing it to be a safer and healthier choice.
“The health level after vacuuming is really impressive,” said Kinsey. “You don’t want to walk into a house where there’s dust everywhere and breath it in. Dust is bad for the homeowners who walk in for a moment, but we do this for a living. We could be surrounded by dust all the time if we didn’t have a ProTeam backpack vacuum.”
A dustless environment also immediately impacts Kinsey’s customers. According to Kinsey, a messy jobsite leads many customers to feel nervous about the final product. It puts them at ease if the mess is minimal and does not disrupt their lives.
“Our ProTeam vacuum is something that we depend on. I bought it seven years ago, and we use it sometimes seven days a week,” said Kinsey. “It takes abuse, but we have never had a problem with it. ProTeam vacuums are bullet proof, as far as I’m concerned. They don’t lose power, and the suction is amazing.”
Each of the four to six vacuuming steps takes between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on the size of the job. Added together, Kinsey spends between one and four and a half hours of each job vacuuming. For the first pass, he vacuums to prep the floor. During later passes, he attaches the backpack vacuum to a buffer. Kinsey says the time spent vacuuming is well worth it.
“I have a lot of passion for what I do. Everybody who works for us takes pride in it. We want our work to stand out,” said Kinsey. “We get positive testimonies left and right. It’s our eye for detail, but it’s also our vacuums and machinery that help us master our trade.”
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