Comprehensive Guide to Restoring Wood Floors: Step-by-Step Process

At Adorable Floors, we have crafted this comprehensive guide to help you understand the intricate wood floor restoration process. When you choose us, you’re opting for expertise and dedication to bringing out the best in your floors. Here’s what you can expect as we transform your space.


Restoring wood floors is an art that combines modern technology with skilled craftsmanship. Our goal is to enhance the natural beauty of your floors while addressing any imperfections. This guide provides a detailed overview of each step involved in the restoration process, ensuring you are well-informed and confident in our services.

Step 1: Preparation

The first part of the process involves clearing the floor of any debris and ensuring all furnishings are safely stowed away. We punch all nails to reduce damage to the machines and sanding belts and remove existing staples from the floor. This meticulous preparation prevents any damage during the sanding process and sets the stage for a flawless finish.

Step 2: Floor Assessment and Levelling

Next, we assess the floor to determine if levelling is necessary. If needed, we adjust the sanding process to level out any highs and lows. If the floor is relatively level, we commence with the first cut using a coarse paper belt, running parallel to the direction of the boards. This step is crucial for ensuring a smooth and even surface.

Step 3: Edge Sanding

After the initial cuts, we sand the edges with a smaller device to blend them with the first sand of the larger machine. Edge sanding ensures that every part of your floor receives attention, resulting in a uniformly sanded surface.

Step 4: Cleaning and Filling

Once the floor is level and the first sanding is complete, we remove all dust and debris. We then fill all nails and butt joints with putty that matches the existing floor color. This step not only smooths out imperfections but also enhances the overall appearance of your floor.

Step 5: Final Sanding

After the putty has set, we continue sanding, gradually using finer papers. We ensure the edges are blended in and finish by scraping out corners and smoothing any remaining imperfections with a lighter machine. This meticulous process guarantees a silky-smooth surface ready for finishing.

Step 6: Vacuuming and Coating

When the sanding is complete, we vacuum the floor and rooms thoroughly. Depending on the chosen finish—polyurethane, water-based, or oil—we apply a floor sealant, followed by multiple coats. The first coat seals the floor, the second coat builds the platform, and the third coat provides sufficient depth to protect the surface and highlight the timber’s natural textures.

Step 7: Final Touch

By the time the final coat is applied, the floor has a depth that not only protects but also enhances its natural beauty. This process is undertaken with great care and attention to detail. Our final touch includes a thorough inspection to ensure every aspect of the restoration meets our high standards.

At Adorable Floors, we use the latest flooring machines to ensure a picture-perfect finish on your floor. For more information or to get started on your floor restoration project, get in touch with us today!