Drum sanders – what you need to know
When sanding floors, there are a number of options in terms of the different sanders that are available. Renting is the best option as the machines are often highly expensive to buy, and a good hire shop will be able to help advise you on what is the best tool for the job at hand. The majority of professionals agree that the most effective piece of equipment is the drum sander. While bulky and loud, it provides an excellent finish and allows for a large floor to be sanded all in one go. However, there are a number of tips which should be followed in order to use the drum sander effectively.
Practice – Having an area on which you can practice can be incredibly useful. The drum sander can damage a floor irreparably if not correctly used, and as such having a scrap of plywood to gain experience on can be very helpful.
Keep on moving – In order to maintain a level floor and avoid divots or grooves in the wooden surface it is important to keep the sander moving at all times. When not in use, make sure that the sandpaper is not levered down on the wood, or there is an increased risk of damage.
Use the right grit – Sandpaper comes in many forms, some more abrasive then others. It is important to establish the correct level of grit, as too coarse a paper may take more layers off the boards than required. Equally, too fine a grit will take much longer than necessary to remove the required amount.
Don’t use the drum sander without a mask – As obvious as it sounds, this is an absolute must. Sanding without a mask can be dangerous for your health, as drum sanders create a large volume of dust, so ensure that you are working in a well ventilated space, and have a mask on at all times.
Don’t rush the job – Sanding a wooden floor restoration is an activity that requires patience, as it can be quite time-consuming and may need a careful eye to ensure that the level of sanding is consistent over the whole surface. A slightly uneven floor is not a disaster, but it can be easily avoided when paying attention to the task in hand. Drum sanders specifically are powerful machines so the utmost care should be taken, and common sense employed, to use the machine safely and to achieve the desired wood finish.
If in doubt, call the pros – If you would rather not risk your wood floors by attempting the job yourself, The Floor Sanding Experts will happily restore, repair or renovate your wood flooring. This way you are guaranteed a gorgeous floor and someone else has to do all the hard work!