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Unveiling the Secrets of Successful Floor Sanding

Posted on June 14, 2023

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What No-one Will Tell You About Sanding Your Floors (& How We Did It?)

In this guide, we will be taking a deep dive into the world of floor sanding. From the secret tips that no one tells you to how we managed to get our floors looking brand new, we’ve got all the insights you need.

Introduction to Floor Sanding

Floor sanding is a powerful method for revitalising old and tired wooden floors. Whether it’s deep-set stains, surface scratches, or just years of foot traffic wearing down the finish, sanding is a surefire way to get your floors looking their best again. Hardwood Floor Sanding

The untold secrets of floor sanding

There are plenty of guides on how to sand your floors, but there are some lesser-known tips and tricks that often go unmentioned. Here, we’ll unveil the secrets that no one will tell you about floor sanding.

Secret 1: The Importance of Preparation

Most guides will tell you to prepare the room, but few mention the importance of mentally preparing for the task at hand. Floor sanding is not a quick job; it requires patience, time, and attention to detail.  

Secret 2: Choosing the Right Sander

Many people don’t realise that there are different types of floor sanders: drum sanders, orbital sanders, and edge sanders. Understanding their differences and picking the right one for your needs can significantly affect the quality of your job.  

Secret 3: More than one pass is required.

Floor sanding isn’t a one-and-done job. You’ll need to sand your floors multiple times with different grits to achieve the best results.

How We Sanded Our Floors

Now that we’ve shared the secrets of floor sanding, let’s walk you through how we went about our sanding project.

Step 1: Preparation

We started by removing all the furniture and cleaning the room. We also made sure to seal any doors, windows, and vents with plastic and tape to keep the dust from spreading.

Step 2: Choosing the Sander

We opted for a drum sander for our project. Our floors had deep scratches and wear that required the heavy-duty sanding power of a drum sander.

Step 3: Starting with a Coarse Grit

We started with a coarse 36-grit sandpaper to remove the old finish and any deep scratches or stains. It was tempting to rush this stage, but we remembered our secret tips and took our time. Wood Floor Sanding

Step 4: Multiple Sanding Passes

We sanded the floors two more times, each time with a finer grit—60 grit and then 80 grit. This ensured that we didn’t just remove the old finish but also left the floors smooth and ready for the new finish. Mr Sander® transforming herringbone floor with Effect 2200 Bona belt sander. Voltage: 230V, Frequency: 50Hz. Optimal size: 200x750 mm. Clean and efficient sanding process with HEPA-filtered dust extraction system. Experience flawless results!

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Finally, we cleaned up all the dust and applied a new finish. The result? A floor that looked as good as new.


Floor sanding can be a demanding job, but with the right approach and a few secret tips, it can result in beautifully rejuvenated floors. By understanding the ins and outs of the process and learning from our experience, you can tackle your sanding project with confidence. Good luck with your floor sanding journey!

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