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Using a Drum Floor Sander – Why and How? | Mr Sander®

Posted on June 14, 2023

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A Comprehensive Guide to Using a Drum Wood Floor Sander

Are your hardwood floors starting to show signs of wear and tear? If so, you may be considering the option of sanding them down and applying a fresh finish. One of the most powerful tools at your disposal for this task is a drum wood floor sander. In this guide, we’ll explore why you might choose this tool and how to use it effectively.

Introduction to Drum Wood Floor Sanders

A drum sander is a large, electric floor-sanding machine that you push or pull across your floor to smooth out imperfections and remove old finishes. As its name suggests, it uses a rotating drum wrapped in sandpaper to abrade the wood.

Advantages of Using a Drum Wood Floor Sander

A drum sander is one of the most powerful types of floor sanders and can remove deep scratches, stains, and old finishes quickly. Here are a few reasons why you might choose a drum sander:
  1. Efficiency: Drum sanders are designed for rapid material removal. They are highly efficient at sanding large, open areas, making them the tool of choice for extensive floor sanding projects.
  2. Deep Sanding: If your floor has deep scratches, dents, or is uneven, a drum sander can handle these imperfections better than other sanders.
  3. Versatility: Drum sanders can use a variety of grits, allowing you to adjust your approach based on the condition of your floor.

Tools and materials required for drum sanding

Before you start, gather the necessary tools and materials:
  1. Drum Sander: Available for rent from many hardware stores.
  2. Sandpaper: Various grits (36-grit, 60-grit, 80-grit).
  3. Edge Sander: For sanding corners and edges
  4. Protective gear: dust masks, goggles, and ear protection
  5. Vacuum cleaner or dust collection system.
  6. Plastic sheeting and painters’ tape.
  7. Hammer and Nail Set
With your tools in hand, you’re ready to start sanding.

Step 1: Prepare Your Room

Remove all furniture and rugs from the room. Use plastic sheeting and painters’ tape to seal off doors, windows, vents, and outlets to keep dust from spreading. Ensure that all nail heads are below the surface of the floor to avoid damaging the sander.

Step 2: Equip the Sander

Install the coarsest grit sandpaper (36 grit) onto the drum. The drum sander will have a mechanism for securing the sandpaper; follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 3: Practise with the Sander

Before you start sanding the floor, practise using the sander on an inconspicuous area or a piece of scrap wood. Drum sanders are powerful machines, so it’s important to get a feel for how they work.

Step 4: Begin sanding

Turn on the drum sander and start sanding along the grain of the wood, not against it. Keep the sander moving to avoid gouging the floor. Begin with the coarse-grit sandpaper to remove the old finish and any imperfections. Professional using Bona belt sander and HEPA-filtered dust extraction to flawlessly sand a 350x750mm herringbone floor. The Effect 2200 (Voltage: 230, Frequency: 60-70) ensures efficient sanding. Image showcases a perfectly transformed and precision-finished floor.

Step 5: Edge Sanding

After you’ve sanded the main area of the floor, use an edge sander to sand the areas along the walls where the drum sander couldn’t reach. Mr Sander® in Rickmansworth, WD3, using a 2200 effect, 230 voltage, 50 frequency, and 200x750 mm Bona belt sander for meticulous herringbone floor restoration. Equipped with a HEPA filter dust extraction system for clean, dust-free results.

Step 6: Repeat the process

After the initial sanding, repeat the process with medium (60-grit) and then fine (80-grit) sandpaper. Each pass will further smooth the floor and remove any scratches left from the previous grit.

Step 7: Cleanup

After you’ve finished sanding, clean up the dust with a vacuum cleaner. Then, use a damp mop to pick up any remaining dust.


While a drum wood floor sander is a powerful tool that requires careful handling, it can make the task of sanding your hardwood floors more efficient. By understanding why and how to use a drum sander, you can restore your hardwood floors and enhance the overall look of your home. Happy sanding!

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