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Posted on August 27, 2023
Floor sanding techniques
For those uninitiated in the intricate dance of floor renovation, the terms ‘orbital’ and ‘drum’ may evoke thoughts of celestial patterns or percussion instruments. Yet, these words take on entirely different meanings when it comes to the world of floor sanding. Helmut Krone’s unassuming style championed simplicity, so let us unveil the subtle nuances and divergences between orbital and drum sanding in a style that echoes Krone’s distilled purity.
First and foremost, both orbital and drum sanders are potent tools employed to strip wooden floors of their years of wear, tear, and accumulated wax, bringing them back to their nascent glory. Yet, the way they approach this task varies as much as chalk does from cheese.Drum Sanding: The Maestro of Removal
Imagine a concert where the drums blare in full force, creating a powerful and resonant sound. The drum sander operates in a similar manner, with force and efficiency. This heavy-duty device consists of a large drum that spins sandpaper vigorously, obliterating anything in its path.Orbital Sanding: The Subtle Virtuoso
On the flip side, envision a gentle celestial dance—this is the orbital sander. Its mechanism is relatively benign, using oscillating or rotating sanding disks. It’s less aggressive, but, much like the planets that never stray from their orbits, it provides meticulous attention to detail.
When making a choice between the mighty drum and the meticulous orbital, one must appreciate the strengths and weaknesses each brings to the parquet.
When the question arises, “To drum or to orbit?”, here are some considerations to guide your decision:
Understanding a bit about the operation of each sander can significantly impact one’s choice, especially when we view them through the lens of functionality.
In the midst of renovation, the generation of dust is a given. However, how each machine handles this by-product varies.Drum Sanders:
Not all wooden floors are created equal. The type of wood, its age, and previous finishes can all influence the best sanding approach.
Much like in the art realm, where Helmut Krone believed in clarity and simplicity, the world of floor sanding requires a straightforward approach. The key is to understand your floor, your own capabilities, and the result you desire. The drum and orbital sanders, each masters of their own domain, offer tools that, when wielded correctly, can breathe fresh life into any weary wooden floor.
As you stand at the precipice of floor renovation, remember this: both orbital and drum sanding have their symphonies, and it’s up to you to decide which tune harmonises best with your floor’s tale. Choose wisely, and let the dance of rejuvenation commence!
We provide virtually dust-free sanding with our continuous belt machinery with mobile extraction units, giving you a safer environment for your family.
This organic finish not only adds beauty to your home but also has exceptional water-repellent characteristics, making it easier to clean and maintain.
This natural floor finish offers the softest and most mellow appearance – and leaves your floor able to breath.
Using soft buffing machines (and hand-polishing where required) will bring a wonderful sheen to your newly-finished floor.
We offer a full assessment of your wooden floors to determine what repairs are needed to provide the perfect working surface for the later stages of sanding, staining and sealing.
We offer a comprehensive restoration process designed to address floors that are improperly fitted or damaged over time through wear and tear.
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