Are you worried that your floor is too damaged to be repaired? Are you already contemplating removing the flooring entirely? Surprisingly, most floors are not as bad as they look – especially those that were coated by layers of old paint. With proper sanding, you’ll get to see how astonishing your floor really is underneath. Sanding is the process of removing the top part of a wooden floor to reveal a newer and smoother surface, which can be done using abrasives like sandpaper. We use different sanding methods for different kinds of floorings, like cork, timber, particleboard, and so on.

Sanding a floor requires expertise and involves ample preparation. Sometimes, we have to take off the covering of the floor before going ahead to sand the old surfaces. The idea behind flooring is to remove any stain or imperfection to improve appearance. Sanding is the process applied to clean up the floor in readiness for varnishing it. Our experts are skilled in all methods of sanding to give your floor that rejuvenated look and make it better than it was initially.

Machines for Floor Sanding

Technology has not excluded sanding, as there are now machines for performing wide surface sanding in a relatively short time period. We use the latest inventions to sand your floors and also utilise the right type of machine for each floor, ensuring longevity and quality workmanship. Some of the sanding machines include:

Belt Sanders: Belt sanders are powerful and fast machines, used for shaping floor materials. It comprises a motor, connected to a pair of drums, on which sandpaper is mounted. They have a rough finishing to the wood they work on. This is why they are mostly used for the preliminary sanding of floors. There are various sizes of belt sanders, ranging from handheld to bigger ones (to be positioned on a wider surface).

Disc Sanders: These are very powerful machines for smoothing all kinds of surfaces, like plastic and wood. Most of them are built with an adjustable table, which helps the user move from one angle to the next. Those permanently connected to a table are fixed with a foot switch to turn them on or off.

Combined Belt and Disc Sanders: This is a combination of disc and belt sanders, featuring both types of sanders, thereby enabling you to complete more tasks with just one machine. It is fitted with an aluminium casing, which can also be made out of metal or hard plastic to aid movement from disc to belt.

Drum Sanders: The best drum sander currently is the Jet 628900 Mini, which makes sanding so much easier, producing very impressive wood finishing.

Orbit Sanders: Orbit Sanders are fairly unique and provide very impressive results. They are known as Random Orbit Sanders, as the rotation of the head and disk varies. Also, they are built to work with the aggression of a belt sander, but at a higher speed that produces very fine sanding work. Random Orbit Sanders are handheld, which makes them very flexible for use.

Processes of sanding

When you begin the actual sanding, the first thing to determine is the grit. You won’t be able to sand the floor just once to achieve the desired results. The condition of the floor will determine how many passes you make. For our professionals, determining this comes quite naturally. The age of the floor and also the type of wood will determine the grit pass. There are 12, 16, 24, 36, 60, 80 and 100 grits, which each have affects the floor differently. The commonest grit for starting is 40 grit sandpapers.

Then, we will sand every inch of the floor with a drum sander, using the initially determined grit. At this stage, we focus on the entire project and not one room at a time. The same applies for when you’re sanding more than one storey; finish one before going to the other. When working with more than one expert, one is placed on the drum, while the other mans the edger.

After this, we use the edger to sand any part of the floor not reached by the drum. Make sure to sweep or vacuum the floor at the end of each grit. This is because sand particles fall off from the abrasive and are driven into the floor during the next grit pass. Follow the same sequence to sand the next grit with the drum sander – after which, do same with the edger. Follow the same steps until you’ve reached 80 grit on the same flooring.

Btown Will Bring Your Wood Floor Vision To Life!

Duration of sanding

Generally, sanding a room takes time. Needless to say, it takes longer if undertaken by an amateur. However, we take our time to attend to every inch of your floor. On average, it takes our professionals about two to three hours to sand a room. The duration will depend on the size of the floor and how badly damaged it is. You should also factor in the time needed for the varnishes to dry, as you won’t be able to access the rooms beforehand.

Possible issues in sanding

There are certain issues that can arise during sanding. The most common is revealing the parts of the wood that have been eaten into by worms. When this happens, it leaves the floor in bad shape. Also, wood has a certain limit, beyond which it is not advised to sand any further. This is why you need professional sanders, who will perform quality work, so you won’t need to do any more sanding for a long time to come.

Handling dust

Dust generation is something totally inevitable in sanding. The best approach is to consider measures to be implemented to reduce them and maybe avoid them totally. This is why we only use machines that are fitted with dust extraction features in. As with uneven floors, the chances are fairly high that some dust will be generated. The best we can assure is roughly 98% dust-free sanding. We seal off doors and isolate staircases for this purpose. Also, cupboards and furniture that can’t be moved are taped to avoid being covered in any dust that may be produced.

Safety measures for floor sanding

All our personnel adhere to certain safety measures to protect you, your house and themselves. We take these sanding security protocols seriously and enforce them during all projects. Apart from first aid kits (always present during every project), our professionals are equipped with the following safety tools:

  • Hand gloves
  • Ear plugs
  • Organic respirator masks
  • Knee pads
  • Suits
  • Goggles and safety glasses
  • Dust masks


What an amazing job Ben and team have made of our entrance hall and hallway. We simply could not have hoped for a better job. Extremely helpful before and during the work. No mess at all and a pleasure to have working in the house. We cannot recommend highly enough.
chris broad
chris broad
16:33 14 Mar 18
Fantastic service from a very professional team. From quoting through to the final product Ben and his team delivered an impeccable service. Have and will continue to recommend to friends. Ben was able to recommend the best type of finish for our particular wood to bring it back to an amazing finish - so do ask him for his opinion, as he recommended us a much better colour for our hallways then we had planned. We always get positive comments from visitors on our floor and its finish.
12:39 20 Mar 18
Btown Flooring did an incredible job of all the floors in my house - they look beautiful! Ben's considerable expertise reassured me from the first that this was the company I trusted to look after my original Victorian floorboards. He guided me through the options in a professional and friendly manner, going the extra mile to ensure the best possible outcome. He kept me informed at all times and delivered to schedule at the price quoted.
Claire Seymour
Claire Seymour
13:35 30 Mar 18
Ben and his team sanded and varnished our downstairs living areas and hallway. They were very polite, respectful and Ben took as much time as was needed to make sure everything was done to a high standard as well as being happy to explain all aspects along the way as well as allowing us time to make decisions. He also recommended a finish which was much better than the one we thought we wanted - sample areas were created on the floor so that we could get an idea of the different finishes before making a choice. The team worked hard and were very professional throughout the whole process. As we had chosen a different varnish the price did increase slightly. Ben made an estimate as to what that increase would be which turned out to be slightly less than it actually was. I asked him afterwards about the difference in the price and he refunded it, apologising for any confusion stating that it was an estimate. I thought this was very fair. Overall, I would definitely recommend B-Town as the work was of a high standard and the team were very professional and courteous, trying their best to accommodate our movements to contain disruption. I think the job took longer than they had quoted for but the price did not increase because of that. The only problem is that we really have to look after our floors now as our dog has managed to scratch it already! Top tip: buy a roll of felt adhesive that can be cut to size and adhered to the bottom of all the feet of your furniture, maybe to your dogs paws too 🙂
Mister Phil
Mister Phil
11:51 07 Mar 18
Used this company to sand and stain the hallway in my flat making it a beautiful dark red mahogany colour. They were friendly and more importantly tidy. Did such a good job the managing agents used them for the communal areas later that year. Would use again.
Dean Cottrell
Dean Cottrell
21:03 12 Feb 18
Great work from Ben and team, really good finish and house was left clean and tidy. Ben was very helpful in explaining the process also. Would very much recommend.
russell brighton
russell brighton
11:13 13 May 18
Ben and his team did a great job with my kitchen wood floor. He is an honest and professional guy. He will give you helpful suggestions to make your floor look just perfect. Highly recommend.
09:53 12 Jul 18
I was given the responsibility of finding the right company to refurbish our Church Hall floor and three double doors at the church and hall. Had several quotes and a lot of promises. Just had a feeling that Ben and his team would deliver exactly as discussed. They did and we are delighted. Well done BTown.
Nigel Ireland
Nigel Ireland
16:37 08 Aug 18

Btown Will Bring Your Wood Floor Vision To Life!