Which Floor Sander Do I Use for Refinishing Hardwood?

Refinishing hardwood flooring in your home is a great way to upgrade the look of your interior environment while also increasing your property’s overall value. But there’s much to be learned about hardwood floor restoration; so before rolling up your sleeves and ripping out floorboards, it is important that you are 100% confident in your abilities. The second most important factor that influences the outcome of your hardwood refinishing project are the tools and materials you use. When it comes to tools, it is important to choose a quality floor sander for the best results. Continue reading to learn which floor sander you should use to refinish hardwood floors.

Random Orbital Sander

While shopping around at your local home improvement store for a quality sander, head straight to the random orbital sander section. A random orbital sander is the tool to use for do-it-yourself hardwood restoration. Be sure to choose one with a large rectangular base for increased surface area contact. You can choose to rent this machine, but they are also available for purchase at any local home improvement or hardware store. If you are a frequent fixer-upper, it may be wise to invest in one of your own. But if this is just a one-time project, a rental might be more cost-effective.

Base Pads

Once you have a random orbital sander, you will need to also purchase rectangular base pads. These pads attach to the bottom of the machine for the purpose of providing a cushion between the abrasive sheet (which will be applied on top, afterwards) and the base of the machine. In contrast to four disc units that have little to no padding, random orbital sander base pads lie flush with the surface of the floor, increasing the available standing area and speeding up the process.

Abrasive Sheets

After the base pads are applied to the base of the sander, a rectangular abrasive sheet is then attached on top. When using the sheets, it is important that the sander is in full speed before applying it to the surface of the floor. Be gentle, do not move too quickly. You can cause circular scratches on your hardwood if you move the sander too quickly across the surface or by turning it off while it is still touching the ground. And most importantly, never turn off the machine while it is still in contact with the boards.