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How to Sand Floors

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Step 1: Tape Off the Area

Tape off the tile floor adjacent to the area to be sanded and cover any vents with cardboard.

tape off tile floor adjacent to area to be sanded

Step 2: Begin Sanding

Put a sanding belt on the sander beginning with a lower grit (40) and working your way up to the higher grits. Be sure to tie on the collection bag.

begin sanding with lower grit sandpaper

Step 3: Create Smooth Boards

Start slow to get the feel for the machine. Go with the grain of the wood and make passes until all the finish is off and the boards are smooth (Image 1). The edge sander works in a similar fashion, just run it with the grain in a small oval pattern (Image 2). When you notice the sanders aren't taking down finish anymore, it's time to change the paper.

Step 4: Manually Scrape Tight Areas

The edger can't get everywhere, so you'll need to use a hand scraper in tight areas.

use hand scraper in tight areas

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