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Sanding your hardwood floor down to the original wood can be a big job and often it will be quite expensive. As such, many people will ask us if it is possible to do a light sanding on a hardwood floor?The easy answer to this question is yes, but there are some strings attached to this answer.

When You Can Get Away With a Light Sanding

If your floor meets these parameters then you may be able to get away with a simple light sanding:

  • Your hardwood is in fairly good condition. There are no large scratches, dents or other major issues.
  • Your floor is less than 25 years old.
  • Your hardwood floor is not made out of maple or some other very hard wood source.

These are just 3 very basic criteria to help determine if a light sanding would be possible. Please note that even if you have a maple floor or your hardwood is incredibly old, you still may be able to get by with just a light sanding.

If your worn out hardwood floor meets the requirements and you are ready to do a light sanding, here is what you will need to do next.

  1. Rent a Wood Floor Buffer

Luckily, you don’t need to rent a drum or an orbital sander. Instead, you just need a basic buffer. This is the difference from just doing a light sanding on your floor versus sanding down to the original wood.

  1. Clean the Floor

You will want to make sure the floor is clean of all stains, dirt, etc. As well, move the furniture out of the room and get ready to buff. During this stage, you will also want to nail down anything that is sticking up. You don’t want the buffer getting caught on nails.

  1. Fire up the Floor Buffer

This is the fun part. Swing the buffer from left to right at an even and controlled pace. Never leave the buffer spinning in one spot as this may cause burns in your floor.

  1. Clean Up

Once you have a nice shine to the floor, it is time to give the floor a really good cleaning. You don’t want any dust particles on the floor for the finishing phase of the project. Once the floor is cleaned, you can go ahead and finish it with your sealant.

This is a brief overview of the buffing process. It is a much easier and less intensive than sanding your floors, so if you just need to give your slightly worn floor a new look, this is the way to do it.