Hardwood floors are very desirable among homeowners who like to constantly update the style of their home. With most types of hardwood floors, you can refinish the surface many times. However, this is not something that you can do with laminated hardwood floors. But if you have natural hardwood planks, you can sand and then restain (or paint) them for a completely new look. Refinishing your floors is a major project, and you will need to rent a drum sander to get the job done in a timely manner. This article explains how to prep and use a drum sander when you are refinishing your hardwood floors.
Prepping the Floor
After you remove everything from the room you are going to sand, you need to prep the walls and baseboards. Dust from the sanding can get all over, so it is very important that you cover all of the vents. You don't want the dust to get circulated throughout your ducts. Using lightweight painter's plastic is great for covering up vents, doors and window fixtures. You also want to remove any artwork or pictures hung on the wall.
The most important thing to protect is the baseboard molding. You need to cover it to protect it from physical damage from the sander. When you are sanding near the edge of the floor, you want to avoid hitting the baseboard. However, some contact is inevitable and it is bound to gouge and scratch the baseboard. Simply putting tape over the baseboard will not protect it. You will have better luck if you cover it with cardboard while you are sanding.
Using the Drum Sander
Using a drum sander is quite simple, but there are a few things that you need to be aware of. First, have a firm grip on the handles at all times, especially when you power it on. During the start up, it can lunge forward if it catches the wood. A drum sander is basically like a vacuum, only it is much heavier and more powerful. Always be aware of the cord because running it over can be dangerous. Also, wear protective footwear with a closed toe. Lastly, make sure the sander is always in motion while it is powered on. If you let it sit in one spot, it could sand down too much in one spot, creating a dump in the floor.
If you take these precautions, you should have no problem sanding your floor. Once the old stain is sanded off, you can move ahead with the new stain.
For more information or professional help restaining your floors, contact professional flooring contractors, such as those at New York Hardwood Floors.