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How Much Does Floor Sanding Cost per m2 UK? [2020 Edition]

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Wooden flooring is a popular choice with minimalists. It’s great for allergy sufferers too, and it’s often favoured by period property renovators.

But whether you’re looking to restore an old wooden floor, or apply a new finish to an existing one, knowing the potential price is a good place to start.

Considering some typical scenarios, here is our guide on how much floor sanding costs per m2 in the UK.


Floor Sanding and What to Consider

Before getting down to the cost, it’s important to know what’s involved. What condition is the floor currently in? The existing carpet will need to be pulled up, which is a potential cost if you’re hiring a professional. Waste disposal is another consideration, but this may be included within a labourer’s day rate.

Wooden Floor Repairs

If your floorboards are already exposed, is there any remedial work that needs doing? For example:

  • Are there any dents or grooves that need filling?
  • Do any of the boards need replacing?
  • Are there any wood knots that need blocking? Colour from knots can bleed into the new stain/finish

What Type of Finish -- Wax, Oil or Lacquer?

The type of finish you go for will also affect the potential cost and will determine the time and length of work required. A floor with an existing finish will need to be fully sanded first for the oil or wax liquid to penetrate the wood. On the other hand, a lacquer should stick to the surface it’s applied to so won’t need a great deal of sanding. 

How Long Does Floor Sanding and Finishing Take?

The complete job could take between 1 -- 2 days but may take up to 4 days, depending on the complexity. Consider furniture removal and whether you’ll do this yourself or need your tradesman to do it for you. Allow 1 day for sanding, repairing, finishing and between 2 -- 3 days for drying out.

Floor Sanding -- Can you Do it Yourself?

Depending on your DIY/restoration skill level, sanding and staining your floor is something you could do yourself. However, if you’re not confident or are looking at a big restoration project, I’d recommend hiring a professional.

If the job is relatively straightforward, you can hire a floor sander from your local Tool Hire stockists such as HSS Hire or Jewson Hire. Prices range from £46.80 to £70.70 for a floor sander and edge sander (Prices correct as of Jan 2020). Your choice of floor stain or finish can be purchased from your local DIY store.

B&Q have a helpful catalogue of DIY videos for floor sanding, including tools and safety items you will need. Start with this video guide to preparation and sanding:

How to sand & varnish floorboards part 1: preparation & sanding

Floor Sanding -- 2020 Cost Guide

The table below has been put together to give you an idea of how much it may cost to have a professional complete the work for you. 

Costs have been obtained from the Job Prices website and are provided as a guide only. You are advised to request your own quotations as the price will vary depending on the level of work required and your location. You can find a suitable list of tradesmen through Rated People.

Floor Sanding Cost Comparison Table

DescriptionPrice (per square metre)
Sanding£14.00
Sanding plus lacquer (3 coats)£17.00
Sanding plus coloured or clear hardwax (2 coats)£23.00
Sanding plus oil (3 coats)£23.00
Floor Staining/Dyeing£6.00
Repairs 
Filling gaps -- minor (nail holes and other imperfections)£2.50
Filling gaps -- small, up to 3mm£5.00
Filling gaps -- up to 6mm£5.00
Filling gaps -- larger gaps requiring sealant/mastic floor filler£30.00

Final Thoughts

With the information provided above, you should be in a position to decide whether to hire a professional or complete this job yourself. When requesting quotations, ensure you obtain at least three and ask for testimonials.

If your floors aren’t quite suitable for restoration and you’d prefer a different finish, take a look at our articles on Vinyl Flooring Installation and Laminate Flooring Installation.

Have you completed your own floor restoration? Let us know about it in the comments below!

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