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2018 How Much Does Floor Polishing Cost?

Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Rob Schneider


If you have timber floors, they need to be sanded and polished occasionally to keep them fresh. Floor polishing can be a great home improvement, but how much does it cost? How often should you sand and polish your timber floors?

  1. How much does floor polishing cost?
  2. Factors that affect the cost of floor polishing
  3. The floor polishing process
  4. How often should you have your floors sanded and polished?

How much does floor polishing cost?*

New floors are less expensive than old floors because less work is involved. A floor sanding company may charge $25m2 for a new floor or $30m2 for an older floor, but it depends on the amount of work needed. A new floor can be finished more quickly than an older floor and some floors need extensive work and may be more expensive to sand and polish. These prices are on the low end of the scale and the cost can be as high as $50m2 or $60m2 for sanding and the sealer may add another $8 to $12 to the cost.alt

Other costs may be:

  • Floor staining will cost an additional $10m2
  • Limewashing will cost $50 to $60m2
  • Water based polyurethane may cost about $5m2 more than solvent based polyurethane
  • Tang or modified oil finishes will cost about the same as water based polyurethane

Factors that affect the cost of floor polishing

No two jobs are exactly alike and some factors can affect the cost of floor polishing:

  • A small room will be more expensive than a large room
  • Corners, edges and crevices make the job harder and if there are more of these, the job will cost more
  • Staining a floor will cost more
  • Nails and glue make floor sanders have to change belts more often. This slows the process down and you will pay for the belts

A small room costs more because of travel and setup time. When awkward areas need sanding, it can't be done with a floor sander and the process is slower. Staining is an extra step and will cost more and if a floor is in poor condition and has exposed nails or glue, the job will be more time consuming.alt

In general, sanding and polishing a floor can cost between $1000 and $8000. The average cost in a 3 bedroom house is about $2500, but prices will vary. To find out how much your floor is going to cost, get quotes from floor polishing services in your area. Tell them:

  • How many square metres need to be polished
  • How many rooms need sanding and polishing
  • The condition of the floor
  • Any problem areas, like a walk-in closet, which will be harder to sand

Give as many details as possible for an online quote. The quotes you get back may be estimates and you won't get a firm quote until the floor polishing service has inspected your job.

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Floor sanding and polishing services can do more than just sand and polish floors, but if you want to save money, try to do as much as you can to make their job easier:

  • Remove all furniture from the room
  • If you have timber flooring under a carpet, remove the carpet
  • Remove curtains because they can get dirty during the sanding process

They will charge you for these services, so if you have time to do these things, it will save you money. You can also punch in nails, remove glue or other sticky substances and do some other jobs to save the floor sanders time. If you do these jobs, they won't have to and the total bill will be lower.

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The floor polishing process

Floor polishing is a multi-step process. First the floor must be sanded and then a polish is applied. It can take three to four days to finish the process because many steps are needed to get the floor ready for polishing:

  1. Exposed nails have to be punched in and puttied. Any other repairs have to be done before sanding can begin
  2. An old floor is sanded at a 45 degree angle to flatten the floor
  3. Finer sandpaper is used to finish the floor
  4. More work may be needed after the floor is sanded. Nails can be exposed again and will need punching in and putty will need to be applied.
  5. Edges and corners need to be sanded separately because the floor sander can't get to them
  6. A first coat is applied and the following day, a second coat is applied

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Depending on the size of the job, floor sanding and polishing can take three days or more. In some cases, they will do a room at a time so you don't have to be without a house during the process. This also allows the polishing service to have rooms to store furniture from other rooms.

Several types of polishes can be used. They include:

  • Penetrating oils and waxes,
  • Curing oils and alkyds
  • Oil modified urethanes
  • Polyurethane

Each of these will have a different cost and the size and condition of the floor will also determine how much floor sanding and polishing costs.

How often should you have your floors sanded and polished?

Some floors need sanding and polishing every few years, while others can last up to 10 or 15 years. It really depends on the amount of foot traffic on the floors. Timber floors in hallways tend to have more traffic than in other rooms and the traffic goes down the centre of the hallway, making wear and tear on the floor worse. In living rooms, it may depend on the amount of traffic and whether you have rugs in the room.altYou should have timber floors sanded and polished when they look:

  • Worn
  • Scratched
  • Dull
  • Stained

Worn and dull floors lose their sheen and simply don't look good. This is usually because the finish has deteriorated or if it's a waxed or oil polish, dirt has gotten into it. Scratches can be prevented by sweeping or vacuuming the floor regularly and not letting sand or another abrasive cause scratches. If you have pets who stay inside, have their claws trimmed regularly because a dog's claws can easily scratch a timber floor. Stains should be cleaned up immediately or the stain can penetrate the polish and soak into the timber. If you clean up a stain immediately, it won't have time to do this.

The basic rule of thumb is to look at your timber floors and decide whether it's time to have them sanded and polished. You will know if they look in poor condition and having them sanded and polished will restore them to their former glory. No other type of floor can be so easily restored as a timber floor and having timber floors sanded and polished will make the whole house look better.

While an average cost of $2500 may seem high, have a look at other flooring options and the cost may not seem so high. Timber floors are beautiful and don't have to be replaced like other types of flooring materials. Simply sand and polish them and the job is done.

*Costs 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.

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