How to Restore a Wooden Floor

You will need:

  • Paint scraper
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Dustless floor-sanding machine
  • Sanding belts (60, 80 and 100 grit)
  • Polishing sander and multi-tool/mouse sander
  • Sanding pads to match (60, 80 and 100 grit)
  • Steel wool
  • Paint tray
  • Paint brush
  • Sheep’s wool varnish applicator

Step 1:

If your wooden floor is covered by a carpet, first remove the carpet by lifting it in one corner of the room, using a chisel. You will find that the carpet is fastened to the floor by means of a wooden strip with tacks. Pull on the carpet to detach it from this strip. Remove the carpet and then, using a paint scraper, remove any under-felt that may still be glued to the floor.

Step 1

Step 2:

Now remove the wooden tack strip, using a chisel and a hammer. Tap the chisel to wedge it beneath the wooden strip and then use the chisel to lift the strip that is nailed to the floor.

Step 3:

Use a paint scraper to remove any carpet glue that may still be stuck to the floor.

Step 4:

You are now ready to sand the floor to a perfect finish, using a dustless floor-sanding machine. These machines can be obtained from most tool rental companies. Start with 60 grit sandpaper and repeat the process three times, using a finer grit each time (60, 80 and 100 grit), finishing with the 100 grit paper. Take care not to sand the floor unevenly. Keep the machine moving at all times while the belt is running, to ensure an even finish.

You will notice that the dustless floor-sanding machine is unable to reach into the corners and can also not sand the last 100 mm strip next to the walls. Therefore you should use the polishing sander and the mouse sander to reach these areas. Again, start with the 60 grit paper and finish off with the 100 grit.


You can download the instructions here.