Published on 20 December 2022
If you’re thinking of giving your home a fresh new look, then one of the first things you should consider is your flooring. Hardwood floors can add an elegant and modern touch to your home. The trick is to keep them well maintained and looking their best. Sanding your floor can remove any chips or damage and reveal the natural wood underneath, ready for a fresh coat of varnish. But before you get started, you need to know how to use a hardwood floor edger.
Using a hardwood floor edger can be tricky at first. These types of sanders are designed to get up close and personal with your skirting boards or walls. They are more delicate than larger industrial sanders, allowing you to get as close as possible for the perfect finish.
To begin, you’ll need to install the sanding disk by flipping over the machine and unscrewing the bolt using a wrench.
Once you’ve taken this and the washer off, you can slip on the sanding disk and replace the bolt, tightening as much as possible to ensure it stays in position.
Before you turn the machine on, it’s important to put on your safety gear. You’ll need goggles and a mask to stop any dust from entering your eyes and lungs. You may also want to wear gloves to give you a better grip on the machine. Never wear shoes with open toes while sanding.
If you hire a floor sander, your hire company may even supply safety gear as part of the package.
Your next step is to straddle the machine. Place one foot on either side and bend to grasp both handles.
Hold the machine steady while you turn it on. Once it’s running, grasp the other handle immediately to maintain control.
Next, lower the machine so that the front of the disk has contact with the floor. This will produce a sideways motion, so make sure you’re gripping tightly.
Then you’re ready to go. Once your edger has contact with the floor, make sure you keep moving while it’s on. If you stand in one position for too long, there’s a danger that you could over sand, leaving a depression in the floor.
Move the edger right up to the skirting boards – as close as ¼ inch away and gradually make your way around the edge of the room. This should sand away a 6-inch strip around the perimeter of your room.
All that’s left now is to sand the middle.
One of the easiest ways to get to grips with how to use a hardwood floor edger is to ask the professionals. Floor sander rental means that you can get professional advice on usage, get the very best equipment for a fraction of the retail price, and also save yourself storage space, as you can give the sander back as soon as you’ve finished.
Floor Sander Hire London specialise in floor sanders and edgers and are always on hand to provide friendly and helpful advice for your first sanding adventure. Contact Floor Sander Hire London today to find out more.
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