Floor sanding is done with two machines, the drum sander and the edger, which have different uses. The drum sander, operated from a standing position does the majority of the floor, but cannot get too close to the walls. For areas next to the wall or areas too shallow for a drum sander you use the edger, which you operate while kneeling. Here are instructions for how to operate each machine and tips for using them to sand your floors.
- An edger is used to sand around the edge of a room and is best used for areas that are very shallow.
- You always must begin at the left wall because of the motion the machine moves in.
- Sand the room in a clockwise manner as that is the way an edger runs.
“The drum sander looks like a cross between a vacuum and a lawn mower, but you can’t move it across the floor in a vacuuming or mowing pattern. At any given second in time drum sanders are designed to cut a divot into the wood of your floor that is 8″ wide by 1/2″ long.”