Sanding Wood Flooring: Our 5-Step Process

In this blog, we will share the 5-step process we use for sanding wood flooring to achieve stellar results.

The process of getting your hardwood floors sanded, in comparison to having them replaced, is significantly cheaper and more eco-friendly. Hence why floor restoration has become a more popular option in recent times.

Our clients at Sussex Floor Restoration choose to have their floors restored rather than replaced. So in this blog, we will share the 5-step process we use with each of them to achieve stellar results. If you would like to skip ahead and see what this could mean for your flooring see our recent case study.

Sanding Wood Flooring Step 1: The Assessment

Refurbishing your hardwood floor isn’t as simple as hiring any sanding machine and running it over your floor. We begin with a visual assessment. This is where we inspect the present state of your hardwood floor. By doing this we know what action should be taken to achieve your goals.

Step 2: Sanding

Once an assessment is complete, we begin sanding. Here, scratches and indents on your hardwood floor will be removed. It is a much cheaper and eco-friendly option than having it replaced.

Floor restoration companies, like ours, use industry-leading sanding machines. They remove a thin layer from the top of your floor, thus removing any scratches, scuffs, or marks.

Sanding your floor does not have to be a dusty or messy process either. We provide a 98% dustless sanding process. We collect the dust and use it to fill gaps in the flooring.

Sanding Wood Flooring | Sanding Machine

Step 3: Fill In The Gaps

We use Pallman planetary sanders, which are industry-leading machines that use extractors to collect dust formed in the sanding process.

We then mix the dust with a filler, specifically designed for restoring hardwood floors. This is applied to your floor using a trowel to fill in any gaps in the floor, making it more level. Thus creating a more appealing aesthetic.

Sanding Wood Flooring | Filling Gaps In Wood Flooring

Step 4: Applying Finish

There is more than one way to finish a hardwood floor. You can choose from a matte finish, semi-gloss, gloss, lacquered, or oiled finishes. If you would like to see the difference between the types of finishes, you can read our recent blog post here.

Once a hardwood floor has been sanded down and filled in, your choice of finish is applied.

Sanding Wood Flooring | Applying a Finish To a Wood Floor

Step 5: Aftercare

At Sussex Floor Restoration, we will provide you with aftercare guides from Pallman. Established over 100 years ago in Munich, they have become one of the industry’s leading authorities on wood flooring.

Woman Cleaning A Floor With Mop

Sanding Wood Flooring: Call a Professional

Sussex Floor Restoration’s purpose is to inspire people to restore instead of replace wood flooring – no matter how old or damaged.

We operate across Surrey, Sussex, and Kent. If you are looking to restore your hardwood floor, please call us on 01444 810505. Or email us at, or fill out our form. One of our friendly team members will be happy to help.

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