Floor Sanding V’s Floor Buffing

Thinking of buffing or sanding your hardwood floor? Let us  help you differentiate between the two and decide which one works best for you.

Most commonly, wood floor refers to any product resulting from timber that is specifically used for flooring. It can be either structural or aesthetic. Flooring structures made from wood arrive from manufacturers in different colors, styles, cuts, and species of wood.

Planks milled from a single piece of timber are what is considered best to make hardwood floors. The use of hardwood to construct floors has gained popularity worldwide because it has many benefits such as:

  • Durability
  • Easy to maintain and clean
  • Easy to install
  • High quality look
  • Helps support healthy indoor air quality
  • Increases home values

The appearance of the hardwood floor defines the beauty of a home. To improve the quality, that is now where buffing and polishing come in.


Buffing wood floors gets rid of minor scratches or scuffs to give the floor an attractive and shiny luster that can last for years. Although buffing might look simple and affordable, it consumes a lot of time.

They all refer to scuffing up or abrading the floor. Floor buffing is done to prepare the floor before you apply a coat of polyurethane (varnish), which is meant to protect the floor as well as make it have a sheen.

Buffing essentially replenishes the finish. Hardwood floor buffing increases the durability of the floor. Plus, it protects the floor from regular scratches. How long you should go between buffing your floors depends on the traffic that the floor gets every day. In many cases, hardwood floors will need buffing once every three years to keep them in great shape. Our experienced technicians follow correct floor buffing procedures, to expertly improve the appearance of your floors and protect them.

Pros of buffing

  • It restores the beauty of hardwood floors.
  • It preserves the color of hardwood floors.
  • It extends the life span of hardwood floors.

Cons of buffing

  • Requires experience to correctly apply a new coat of polyurethane smoothly and correctly.
  • Buffing is not a cure all; if there is damage to the wood or discoloration, buffing will not correct these problems.

Sanding and varnishing

The process of floor sanding refers to removing top surfaces of the wooden floor by use of abrasive materials. Hardwood floors should only require sanding when the finish has been completely worn through in any location, or to repair deep scratches or other damage to the wood. The floor Sanding & varnishing process involves three major stages:

  • Preparation
  • Sanding
  • And lastly, coating with a protective sealant.

Pros of sanding

  • Improves the value of a home. Sanding increases a home selling value because it makes the floors look beautiful and attractive.
  • Removes damage that occurred to the floor over time and thwarts further damages.
  • Gets the floor clean and smooth. It makes cleaning easy. It also removes scratches and dents, hence no place for debris to settle.

Cons of sanding

  • It requires a lot more time than buffing.
  • It can be dusty when using non-professional macinery.
  • Sanding should be done sparingly since it removes a thin layer of wood from the floor boards. There is a limit to how many times a wood floor can be sanded before it needs to be replaced.

Floor sanding and varnishing maintain the floor and keep it attractive all the time.

What’s the difference?

There is a clear difference between floor buffing and sanding. Sanding gets rid of damaged polyurethane sealer and part of damaged wood. Sanding involves the restaining of planks and sealing them with a new coat of polyurethane.

In contrast, buffing only involves polyurethane sealer and does not touch the wood. It does not touch the wood because damage may be contained by this protective layer.

Buffing and sanding bring back the original look, and it may increase the value of a home. Always contact professionals with a high level of expertise to help you with this.

Get in the Pros

For excellent floor sanding or  buffing service, contact our experienced professionals at RH Wood Flors on 087 6268100 who will help you in floor refinishing, installation and repair. We have technological buffing machines such as the rotary floor buffer, which is a high-speed buffer, dust free sanding machines and more.

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