How to Get More Life Out of Your Cloth Sanding Belts

Today everyone is watching their budget and trying to get the most out of the products they purchase. Customers sometimes ask if we know of any tricks or tips that might help them get more life out of their sanding belts. Over the years we have heard of a handful of things some of our customers do, which they think enables them to get a bit more life out of their belts. It’s important to note that these tips are specifically for cloth belts, such as our open coat aluminum oxide for wood.

Sanding Belt Cleaning Tips

1. Rinse with Water

At the end of the day, take the belt off your machine and spray them out with a garden hose to remove any wood fibers that have built up on the belt. After you rinse the belts off, hang them to dry overnight.

2. Use a Spray Cleaner

Some customers have told us they have had luck using spray cleaners they have purchased from dollar stores. I believe the cleaning product was called “Awesome” or “Fantastic.” Just spray the belts, give them a quick scrub and hang them to dry.

3. Use a Belt Cleaner/Belt Eraser

We sell two sizes of belt cleaners. Use them on your belts just like you would use a pencil eraser.

Additional Tips

Another tip I recently heard pertained specifically to wide belts and how he stored his belts when they were not in use. Instead of just hanging the belts from a rack, this person purchased PVC tubing roughly the same size of the rollers on his wide belt machine. I am not sure how much of a difference this makes in performance, but he felt like the belts ran better on his machine than compared to the old way he stored his belts.

If you have any cleaning tips, storage tips, or other helpful hints, please let us know. You may also call us here at Sandpaper America anytime at 1-800-860-SAND for questions about sanding belts, abrasives, online ordering, and more.

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