How Prep And Use A Drum Sander

Hardwood floors are always a smart investment. Homeowners love the inimitable style of hardwood, but also the fact that it is so easy to keep up. Hardwood floors are durable and they age gracefully. Some people constantly refinish the floors to keep a glowing finish, while others prefer to let their floor finish fade off. This gives the floor a more antique look. If you do want to refinish your hardwood floor, you will first need to sand off the existing stain. Of course, this is a large job that can't simply be done with handheld power sanders. This article explains how to use a drum sander to speed up the sanding process.

Renting a Drum Sander

Most people obviously don't own a drum sander, so they will have to rent one from a tool or home improvement store. But, before you even rent the sander, there is a lot of preparation work you need to do. Since you will be charged on a daily basis, you want to get all the prep work done before you rent the sander.

Prepping the Floor

The first thing you need to do is remove everything from the room. You can't just push stuff to one side of the room and expect to effectively sand it. But, the sanding will also kick up a lot of sawdust that can be problematic. You need to do a thorough masking off to prepare for the mess. Using large rolls of thin painters plastic loves you to cover window and door fixtures with these. Usually, 0.2mm thick plastic will be perfect for masking off. You also want to cover all of your air registers and events to prevent dust from circulating throughout your home. Use normal painter's tape to secure the plastic. Be sure to thoroughly cover the baseboard with tape or cardboard because the drum sander will definitely hit it during the sanding.

Using the Drum Sander

Using a drum sander is a little bit awkward if only because the machine is so heavy. First, don't power it on until you are ready to hold the handle with both hands. Also, wearing gloves allows you to maintain a stronger grip without getting blisters. The key is to always keep the sander moving when it is powered on. Sand in small circles as you move forward so you don't create in straight lines on the floor. Contact a professional, like Carpet  World &  Floor Covering , if you need help.