Here’s our complete guide to sanding your floors.
Ready. Set. Sand.
This is where you take off for all things sanding. Think of it as Sanding Central for the DIY-er. With this guide, almost anyone can sand wood floors.
You know how cookbooks tell you to “read the whole recipe through first?” We don’t have sanding “recipes” but you really want to read through the entire procedure before you start; there are shortcuts you can take, but only if you plan ahead!
Knowledge is power. You’ve got this!
Pete’s Bonus Tips
Be careful when you remove carpet. Utility knives are the devil’s tool.
You can damage your floors just taking out the carpet! Never let your knife cut into the wood itself - it digs deeper than you think, and leaves cuts that are almost impossible to sand out. Instead, tear up enough carpet to fold over a section and cut on the fold.
Incorrect vs correct drum sanding technique
Incorrect drum sanding looks like this.
When you first start sanding an old floor, you can tell exactly where the sander has been and how effective your feathering technique is, just by looking at your sander mark.
The photo above illustrates what happens when you are using the drum sander incorrectly - you can tell that the drum was still touching the floor when the sander stopped at the wall to change direction.
Correct drum technique looks like this.
In this photo, it is clear that the operator was smoothly lifting the drum off the floor as she prepared to stop at the wall to change direction.
The photo also shows that the drum was correctly feathered onto the floor as she began her backward pass.
Buy online, or stop by our cute store in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Pete's sells supplies online across the continental U.S., and rents equipment to Minneapolis/St. Paul DIYers. Our store at 186 Fairview Avenue North in St. Paul, MN is at the corner of Fairview and Selby.
It's just the cutest sander rental shop you'll ever visit. Call us at 651-698-5888.
- Monday - Friday: 8:30-5
- Saturday: 8:30-3
- Sunday: Closed
Did you rent floor sanders from somebody else, but they don’t have sandpaper coarse enough?
Pete's always carries plenty of 24- and 16-grit (we even carry 12-grit for the edger)!
But you'd have saved yourself a trip if you'd just rented from us in the first place...