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Essential Wood Floor Sanding FAQs: Top 5 Questions Answered

Posted on April 25, 2023


Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Wood Floor Sanding

There are literally hundreds and thousands of questions that home owners have about wood floor sanding. However, it is not possible to discuss all those questions here. Hence, let us look at five frequently asked questions about wood floor sanding. 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Wood Floor Sanding

Q1: What is wood floor sanding, and why is it important?

A. Wood floor sanding is the process of removing the top layer of a wooden floor using abrasive materials. This is done to eliminate surface imperfections, scratches, and stains, as well as to prepare the floor for refinishing. Sanding is essential to maintaining the beauty and durability of wooden floors and helps to restore their original appearance and prolong their lifespan.

Q2: How often should I have my wood floors sanded?

A. The frequency of sanding your wood floors depends on the type of wood, the amount of foot traffic, and the quality of the floor’s finish. Generally, wood floors should be sanded and refinished every 8–12 years for residential spaces, while commercial or high-traffic areas may require more frequent maintenance. However, it is essential to monitor the condition of your floors and seek professional advice if you notice significant wear and tear.

Q3: Can I sand my wood floors myself, or should I hire a professional?

A. While it is possible to sand your wood floors yourself, hiring a professional is highly recommended. Professionals have the necessary experience, equipment, and knowledge to achieve an even and smooth surface, minimise the risk of damaging your floor, and ensure proper application of the finish. DIY sanding can be time-consuming and labour-intensive and may result in an uneven or unsatisfactory outcome.

Q4: How long does the wood floor sanding process take?

A. The duration of the wood floor sanding process depends on the size of the area, the type of wood, and the condition of the floor. Generally, a professional team can sand and refinish an average-sized room (around 200–250 square feet) within 2–3 days. This includes sanding, staining (if desired), and applying the finish. However, larger spaces or floors in poor condition may require additional time.

Q5: How much dust will be generated during the sanding process, and how can I minimise it?

A. Wood floor sanding inevitably generates dust. However, modern professional equipment is designed to minimise dust production by using dust containment systems, such as vacuum attachments and dust bags. To further reduce dust in your home, seal off the work area with plastic sheets and tape, remove any furniture, and cover any remaining items or surfaces. After the sanding process, a thorough cleaning will be necessary to remove any residual dust.  
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We offer a full assessment of your wooden floors to determine what repairs are needed to provide the perfect working surface for the later stages of sanding, staining and sealing. 

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