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Nothing enhances the home more than a beautifully polished timber floor. Timber floors are not maintenance-free, though. Occasionally, you will have to sand and re-polish the floor to restore it to "as new" condition. How much does a professional floor sanding service cost? What's included in their service? Are they worth it or is floor sanding a viable DIY project?

Is Floor Sanding a DIY Project?

Nothing is stopping you from hiring a floor sander and making floor sanding and polishing a DIY project. If you're going for a rustic look on an old Cypress pine floor with lots of knots, you might get away with it. If you're looking for a smooth finish, though, DIY floor sanding is not recommended. The sanders available at hire shops are not usually of the best quality and using a floor sander requires skill. As a novice, you're likely to make irreparable dents in the floor. After you apply sealer and polish, the dents will stand out more than the areas that are smoothly sanded.

How Much Does Floor Sanding Cost?

Floor sanding professionals charge by the square metre. Their rates vary depending on the condition of the existing floor. Expect to pay around:

$25 per square metre (m2) for sanding a new floor $30m2 for an old floor in average condition $30m2 plus extra labour for an old floor in poor condition

A badly soiled floor or a floor that is dented and/or scratched will require extra work. The amount of extra work can only be determined on a case-by-case basis.

The square metre rates also apply only to floor sanding. You can save money by doing some of the preparation work before the floor sanding begins. Some jobs you can do include:

Removing furniture from the room Removing floor coverings Removing nails and other fastenings from the previous floor Counter-sinking protruding nails

Leave the putty work to the floor sanders. They will be able to match your floor color and make any putty virtually invisible.

Getting Quotes for Floor Sanding

There can be dramatic differences in the quotes you get from floor sanders and the quality of work they provide. In order to get the best results at the best possible price, get 3 quotes and compare them carefully before making your decision. Since you are paying more for professional services, you want to make sure you are dealing with true professionals, so ask for references and other evidence of their experience and the quality of their work. Most floor sanding services will also polish your floors for you. You will probably get a better rate if you choose one service to do both the sanding and polishing for you.

Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces. This article was updated 30 June 2015 to reflect current market pricing.

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