How Do You Sand a Hardwood Floor?


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Sanding hardwood floors is a straightforward and relatively simple task involving the use of a floor power sander to work on the middle part, the edges and the corners of the floor. Sanding the edges and corners also requires edge and corner sander attachments for the floor power sander.

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  1. Prepare the room and floor

    Clear away all pieces of furniture and any objects in the room where the sanding will be done. Check the floor for any protruding nails or screws, and drive them down into the hardwood to avoid tearing up the sander. Make the necessary repairs such as nailing down panels before starting with the sanding process. Sweep the floor and give it a few passes with the vacuum cleaner.

  2. Read the manual

    Familiarize yourself with the power sander by reading the manual.

  3. Start sanding

    Start with the power sander against one wall with the sanding drum raised. More than half of the wall must be remaining in front of the sander. Lower the drum as the sander is moved forward. Make two passes along the same area before moving the sander about three inches across the first sanded section, and repeat until the entire main floor has been sanded.

  4. Sand the edges

    Attach the edge sander, and then work on the edges.

  5. Sand the corners

    Attach the corner sander, and sand the corners of the floor. Finish up by vacuuming the area to prep it for the preferred finish.

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