How to Use a Floor Sander

If you think that your floor is not smooth like you used to feel in the past, you should start planning about floor sanding. This is a challenging task, but with proper knowledge and technique, you can get the job done without any hesitation. 

However, to do the floor sanding, you need to use 2 machines. One is the drum sander, and the other one is the edger. The following article will provide you with all the information about these machines. With the help of this, you will surely get a good grip on the floor sander uses. 

Let’s check it out.

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Get All the Required Equipment

· Drum sander

· Abrasive sleeve

· Edger

· Sandpaper

· Safety goggles

· Dust mask

· Air Filtration System

· Broom stick

Floor Sander Using Steps

Below, you will find out the proper steps to use floor sander. 

Step 1: Check the Floor

First of all, you must check whether there are any nails, cracks, or any uneven areas present or not before you start sanding the floor. Repair these areas and clean the floor with the help of the broomstick. 

Always wear the safety goggles and the dust mask throughout the whole work. You never know when the dust comes in contact with your eyes or your mouth. So, you should take precautions from the very first step. 

Step 2: Turn on the Drum Sander or Floor Sander

Use the drum sander for sanding the floor and avoiding the machine hitting the walls. Place the abrasive sleeve onto the sander and make sure you center it very gently. Check the dust bag and its connection with the exhaust pipe. Connect the machine with the power supply and turn it on. 

Step 3: Sand the Floor with the Drum Sander

Move the sander onto the floor in one direction. We highly recommend that you should avoid using this machine in a diagonal or circular motion. Sand half of the floor first and then continue with the other half. Move the device in a forward and backward direction in a specific area first and then shift to the other parallel area. 

You can do this by gently lifting the drum and putting it safely in the next position. After you finish sanding half of the floor, lift the drum again and rotate it in 180 degrees so that you can start sanding the other half. Continue the same process for the other half. When you completed the whole floor, empty the dust bag. 

Always move the machine constantly. Don’t keep it in a single place for a longer time as this will create rough surfaces on your floor. If you are not careful about this, your time and effort will surely increase to an enormous level. 

floor sander

Step 4: Turn on the Edger

Accordingly, when you finish with the drum sander, replace it with the edger. Place the sandpaper onto the edger. Check whether the dust bag is properly fitted with the exhaust pipe or not. If not, make sure it is tight. After completing all of these, turn the machine on by connecting it with the power supply. 

Step 5: Sand the Floor with the Edger

Move the edger in a clockwise direction and make sure you are covering the perimeter of the wall so that all edges are getting sanded adequately. Try to sand around a foot or two as you are moving the machine constantly. 

Don’t put the machine in a single area for some time as this will create the same problem like the drum sander. After you are done with the sanding, clean the dust bag. 

You can apply a strategic way by marking the perimeter of the floor with a pencil. Thus, you can keep track of all the edges that you need to sand. 

Step 6: Clean the Whole Floor

All the tough tasks are finally over. Now you can have relief. Just finish it up by using the vacuum cleaner and clean all the leftovers and hidden dust. 


As you have seen, sanding floor can be an enjoyable task if you have the proper knowledge about it. Schedule some amount of time for this project and never go for this when you are in a hurry. Use patience and time as your advantage.

Have a good day!

David Harper

I'm David, and I've been a craft & woodworking enthusiast for over 10 years. Sanders Guide is the place where I share some tips, tricks and reviews on all things DIY, tools and of course sanding!

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