One of the best things about hardwood flooring is the fact that you can refinish it when it needs more protection, if the finish is fading, or if you just want to change the room style. If you want to refinish your hardwood in a timely manner, you should definitely invest in a drum sander. This makes the process much quicker and easier. Here are the best tools and tips for operating a drum sander when refinishing hardwood.
Do the Prep Work Before Renting Your Sander
Since you will most likely be renting a drum sander for the job, you want to do your preparation work before the rental begins. It might take a couple days to fully prep your floor for the sanding. Not only do you have to move all of the furniture and rugs off of the floor, you also need to do some extensive masking off. The sanding is going to kick up a lot of sawdust that you don't want to get circulated into the rooms. So, tape off all of your air registers and windows. It is also important that you protect the bottom 6" of your walls along the edge of the floor that you are going to sand.
You want to get as close to the wall as possible when you're sanding, but drum sanders are quite large and powerful. As a result, you will probably end up hitting the wall a few times with the edge of the drum sander. This can cause serious damage to the wall, or even the baseboard molding. To cover this lower part of your wall, you will want to use some tape and heavy-duty construction paper or cardboard. Cardboard is obviously better because it is more protected, but applying heavy-duty construction paper is much simpler because you can simply cut it with scissors and tape it down.
Operating the Sander
Operating a drum sander is simple, even though they are large. It is basically like a heavy lawnmower. However, when the sander starts spinning it will essential float. Once you start to push it one direction, it will continue to move in that direction. It does not have wheels or stay on a track. This means you need to hold it very firmly in order to guide it in the desired direction. Another important tip is to always try to keep the sander moving while you have it powered on.
If you follow these simple steps, you can remove the finish from your hardwood in a timely manner.