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Posted on June 14, 2023
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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.
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.
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:
Before you start, gather the necessary tools and materials:
With your tools in hand, you’re ready to start sanding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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