Notches and scratches have made your wooden floor worn to look at, but is a floor planing necessary or can you settle for a sanding?
There is a big difference between a floor planing and a floor sanding, and as an ordinary person it can be difficult to assess what is needed. But in reality, it’s pretty simple
We go in depth with the two techniques and explain when one is necessary rather than the other. Read on and learn more about the treatment that best suits your wooden floor.
Floor planing – beautiful floors the hard way
A floor planing is the method that wears the most on your hardwood floor, but it may be necessary in some cases. If, for example, there is varnish, putty or paint residue on your floor, it is the planer that should stand out.
When the floor is planed, it is done with a machine that planes 2-4 mm of the wood itself, and this naturally means that not all floors can handle the planing. Once the planer has done its job, the floor will be completely straight and bumps, small level differences and time skews will be gone.
A floor planing always ends with a Gulvafslibning, which is the final finish before a beautiful floor. Then comes the trip to surface treatment.
Floor sanding – plentiful in most cases
As mentioned, there will be situations where a floor planing is necessary, but in most cases a floor sanding is enough. The vast majority of scratches and discolorations sit in the surface and it is removed when the floor is sanded.
A floor sanding is done with sandpaper, and it is therefore gentler than a planing. The old surface treatment is removed, and the same goes for scratches, stains and ordinary wear. What remains is a beautiful and almost new wooden floor that is ready to receive a new surface treatment.
How often should the wooden floor be sanded?
A floor planing is necessary if you need to repair old floors with putty, paint and glue residues or old varnish. Or if it is skewed and filled with large picks and level differences. Once the planing has been done, it should only be taken care of with floor sandings going forward.
But how often should you sand the floor?
A floor sanding is not something you should have done in time and out of time. It wears on the floor, which gets thinner and thinner every time. But it is of course necessary now and then, eg if:
- The floor varnish is worn through.
- The surface of the wood is very scratched and chopped.
- You want a different surface treatment.
Once the floor work has been done, you are free with regard to the new surface treatment the floor must have: varnish, oil or soap. Of course, there are limitations to the type of wood, but there are good opportunities to achieve the look you want.
Can all wooden floors be sanded?
It is extremely rare that it is not possible to carry out a floor sanding, as the process only removes approx. 1 mm of the floor surface. But there is a difference in floors; plank floors can usually withstand both planing and sanding, while slatted floors are more sensitive.
If you want to check for yourself whether your floor is thick enough for sanding, you can often see the thickness around the radiator pipes. Alternatively, you can remove a door step so that the floorboards are visible. And last but not least, you can of course get a floor check from a professional – here you can also get advice in connection with the choice of surface treatment, maintenance and care of your newly renovated floors.
Most wood floors can be salvaged
If you have just taken over a home where there is an old, worn and poorly maintained wooden floor, do not doubt right away. The reality is that most wooden floors can actually be saved – even if they are in an improbably bad condition. A floor planing is usually necessary in some cases, but after the planer has been over the boards, the work is finished with a floor sanding and the wood is then ready for finishing, and your wooden floor will be as good as new.