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Floor Sanding 101

September 6, 2019

Floor Sanders….Just the name sends some scurrying for cover.  There not so bad…Really!  When it comes to home improvement projects that our customers attempt themselves to save money, floor sanding has to be at the top of that list.  We have heard the story more than once, “we pulled up the carpet to replace it and there were these gorgeous hardwood floors underneath!”  Then come the horror stories of people trying to use sanders and ruining their floor and costing them thousands to replace.  While that is a possibility, the reality is that it doesn’t have to be so difficult.

We carry a variety of floor sanders like 220 volt commercial drum sanders, 110 volt drum sanders, edgers, and dual action(D/A) oscillating floor sanders.  Confused yet?  It’s actually fairly easy to breakdown.  If there is a significant amount of finish on the floor or there are some areas that are not exactly flat, your best option is the drum sander and edger set-up.  If the floor is fairly flat and the finish is almost gone or a new floor then the D/A Floor Sander would be a good option.   With that said, there are a few other factors to consider.  The two biggest factors customers seem to be concerned with are speed and ease of use.   The drum sander will always be faster, but is a little more difficult to use.  The drum sander is also used with an edger that is used to get close to the walls.  The D/A floor sander is slow, really slow, but is extremely easy to use.  With a little patience and a little practice the drum sander isn’t that hard to sand with, it just takes a little getting used to.  The D/A floor sander will get you going right away.  As a side note these sanders also work great on decks! The Pacific Northwest tends to be a little rough on outdoor wood, so sanding down a deck can make things look great again.

Good luck with your next project.

Aurora Rents
Shoreline – Greenlake – Lake City

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