How to Use A Random Orbital Floor Sander?

Most of the homeowners like to sand hardwood floors by themselves. It gives them the opportunity to plan everything according to their preference. Also, It gives them satisfaction for doing the work exactly as they want. 


Hardwood floors can be sand by various floor sanders. You can sand the floor by using drum sanders or using belt sanders. Different sanders have different advantages. A random orbital floor sander is one of the most preferable sanders by homeowners when it comes to sand hardwood floors.

It is one of the easiest sanding machines to use. Very easy to handle. It doesn’t require much skill set to be operated. The only drawback of this sander is, it is a bit slower than the drum sander. But still, it is being preferred more over the other sanders.

If your floor requires light or medium sanding duty, then the random orbital sander is the best choice. It’s easy to operate, ideal for sanding a large open area as well as can sand edges very well.


Before you start

Follow all the safety measures to keep yourself out of danger. Wear a dust mask, gloves & goggles.

Cover your windows & doors with plastic so that you don’t have to go through cleaning them after the project is done. Also, cover all the vents of your room. So that the dust doesn’t spread in other rooms.


How Do You Use a Random Orbital Floor Sander?

Operating any sander needs almost similar steps to follow. First, you have to prepare the surface. Then prepare the equipment & start your sanding process. A random orbital floor sander also works in the same way.

Here are the steps you need to follow.

Step1: Attach Sandpaper

The first thing you need to do before you start using the sander is to install the sandpaper. This is the most important part of your selection. Eventually, your sandpaper is going to give you the finish you want on your floor. So be careful at this step.

Choose sandpaper grit as per your job needs. Normally start from 36-40 grits & go up to the utmost 80-100 grits to finish sanding.

Now lay back your that you can easily change sandpaper on the bottom. Make sure your sander is unplugged from a power outlet. 

 First, put pad savers on the sanding pad. Then place the sandpaper on the pad savers with the abrasive side facing outside. 


Step 2: Connect the power cords

Now connect the power cord with the given extension cord & twist the cord. Now connect the plug to a power outlet.  Make sure you’re allowing the handle to float to feel comfortable while operating. Now you’re ready to start sanding.


Step 3: Start Sanding

Now put your hands on the handle & squeeze the control levers. You don’t need to move the sander with the wood grains. You can move it in any direction as the sander has a random movement, it doesn’t sand the same place twice. The best thing about this sander is no matter how you’re sanding, you’re not going to damage your floor.


 Also, it covers a large area while sanding, so you don’t have to move the sander much. And also you can keep sanding the rough area for a longer time. After finishing sanding, release the handle and unplug the connector.

Check the dust bag. If it is full, empty the dust bag in a bin & reattach.



Although a random orbital floor sander is easy to operate, still you need to have some knowledge to operate it accurately. Follow the safety measures & some simple steps explained above & you’re ready to use the sander.



  • Can I use a random orbital floor sander to refinish hardwood floors?

Yes, random orbital floor sander is ideal for refinishing hardwood floors. It will perfectly remove the previous finish & will prepare the floor for refinishing.

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