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Why you shouldn’t do floor sanding yourself

Wooden floor sanding is a skilled job, which is why it’s best to leave it to the professionals, who have the expertise and equipment to do the job properly. If you try to sand floors yourself, you risk making mistakes that are difficult or impossible to rectify.

Mistakes do-it-yourself (DIY) sanders make

There are many common mistakes that DIY enthusiasts make when sanding wood floors. They often use the wrong grade of sandpaper – using too high or too low grit sandpaper causes problems. It is far too easy to sand the floor too much, leaving the floor in a less-than-pristine condition.

Floor sanding without professional-grade sanding machines is hard work and takes a long time. A common mistake is not sanding enough. Most machines that are hired will not sand the edges well, leaving unsightly floor areas near walls.

Another problem with sanding is the amount of sawdust that is created, which is a health hazard and takes a long time to clear away.

While you can save money by sanding a floor yourself, unless you’re a trained sanding professional, you risk making costly mistakes. Professional floor sanding services are regularly called out to rectify mistakes that homeowners make when sanding floors themselves. For peace of mind, leave floor sanding to the experts.

Benefits of floor sanding using professional equipment

Wood floors last a long time, but in busy homes, even the hardest-wearing wood floors start to look worn. A professional wood floor sanding service will use the latest low-dust sanding equipment to restore floors to their former glory. A premium-quality, professional floor sanding machine produces much better results than machines hired from shops that cater for DIY enthusiasts. If you did hire a professional sanding machine, you would need extensive training to use one, and physical strength is required to handle these heavy machines.

Both engineered wood and solid wood should be sanded with professional equipment. Engineered wood has only a thin layer of natural wood, but an expert floor sander can make sure that just enough is sanded so that the top layer remains intact. Depending on the thickness of the top layer, engineered wood flooring can be sanded more than once in its lifetime. Solid wood flooring can be sanded many more times so that it remains in good condition for several decades.


Sanding a floor produces a lot of dust. No floor sanding processes are 100% dust free, but modern professional sanding machines can reduce the amount of dust produced. This means that professional sanding has less impact on the room, less pollution and far less to clean up afterwards.

Add value to a home

A wood floor adds value to a home, but only if it is in good condition. Use a professional sanding service to transform a floor from worn and tired to looking new. When it comes to selling the home, a wood floor restored to a beautiful natural condition by a sanding service will be more attractive to potential buyers.

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