How to Use a Floor Sander

Learning how to use a floor sander is very important.  Just had your hardwood floor installed or renovated? Then the next step is to have it polished into a shine. This is a very tedious task and requires more help and equipment. For this next step, you need a floor sander. A floor sander is an equipment that will remove the top surfaces of a wooden floor with the process called sanding using abrasive materials.
Floor sanding requires three types of sanding equipment to finish the job: the drum sander, vibrating sander and the edge sander, but more often only two are used in this process. You can easily rent this equipment at your local rental shops.

The drum sander – This is often called the work-horse of the sanding process. This is quite big equipment that often requires two persons to operate.

Just follow these simple steps in sanding your floor with a floor sander rental:

1. But before anything else, the floor area must be prepared well. Make sure there are no metal objects lying on the floor. These will severely damage the sander significantly. Also, make sure that protruding nails are punched down. Sweep the floor clean of any debris that will make sanding difficult.

2. Drum sander can be equipped with three gradations of sanding papers –coarse, medium and fine. The gradations are measured in grit. The roughest is 36 grit. The gradation of sanding paper to be used depends also on the need and the type of floor you have.  Always consult the salesman or rental employees before sanding your floor. Turn the sander on using the roughest gradation of sand paper.

3. Run the sander across the floor in a diagonal direction to the floor boards. Be sure not to let the sander stand in one place while it is running. Extreme care must be observed in using the drum sander. This equipment can really rip off the surface of your floor easily. Without care, your floor will have permanent grooves that can be unsightly. Drum sanders can easily rip off a quarter inch of wood off your wooden floor if you are not careful. After the first sanding, vacuum your floor to clear away dusts.

4. Using the 60-grit sandpaper (medium), reload the sander and repeat the entire process of sanding the floor, but this time, run in an opposite direction as before. Vacuum again.

5. Finally, reload the drum sander with a 120-grit sander (the finest). This time, run the sander in the direction of the floorboards. But always remember; do not let the sander stand in one place when running. Even with the finest sanding paper, the sander can still leave a permanent groove on your floor. Learning how to use a floor sandercan prevent this from happening.  Vacuum again afterwards. The edge sander – There are always hard-to-reach places when sanding the floor that drum sanders cannot reach. This time, an edge sander is needed. It is a hand-held equipment with a dust bag and runs in a circular motion. Just sand away those parts of the floor that the drum sander failed to reach.

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