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How to renovate and sand a wooden floor

How to renovate and sand a wooden floor

You will need:

  • Hammer
  • Nail punch
  • Drum sander
  • Wide masking tape
  • Flexible wood filler
  • Floor sander
  • Edging sander
  • Goggles
  • Dust mask
  • Ear protection
  • White spirit
  • Cloth
  • Scraper
  • Sanding block
  • Old chisel

Sanding old floorboards is one of the cheapest ways of giving a room a new look. Although it's dusty, hot work, the results can be dramatic and you should be able to tackle a room in a weekend, including the varnishing.

Time to complete job: A weekend.
Approximate budget: Expect to pay around £70 for the hire of a floor sander and edge sander for a weekend. Sanding discs and sheets will cost around £2 each.

First steps
You can sand neglected parquet and original woodstrip floors as well, but take care as the timber is thinner than floorboards.

For hire equipment information, see the Hire Association Europe. Always follow the safety advice provided with hired equipment.

Tip: Sanding is noisy. To keep your neighbours happy only work in the daytime and give them some notice of when you want to start work.

If you want a wood finish, but don't want to sand, here's our guide to flooring

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