Published on 24 August 2022

Posted in Floor Finishing

Over time, wooden floors in high footfall areas can lose their finish and become dull and tarnished. When flooring starts to look tired, painting can give rooms a new lease of life. There are several steps involved to ensure the perfect finish.

How Best To Paint A Wooden Floor?

The major steps to painting a wooden floor are as follows:


Preparation is key to ensuring the perfect wooden floor finishing. First, ensure all furniture is removed from the room and that no obstacles remain in the way.

Then get all the equipment together. This can include a floor sander, edger, hammer and nails, floor paint, sealant, wood filler, replacement floorboards, and anything else essential to completing the job.

Preparing well ensures a better outcome and improves adhesion for the paint and sealant, resulting in a more professional finish.

Fix Loose Floorboards

Check the condition of all floorboards. If any are wobbly or creaking, it is best to replace these before sanding and painting.

Be on the lookout for any raised nails. These can damage mechanical sanders and lead to injury for anyone walking on the floor. Either hammer nails down or perform a full floorboard replacement.

Repair Any Cracks

It is important to repair cracks in the flooring. Wood filler will smooth over any defects, helping to achieve a polished finish.

There are many wood filler products available on the market to suit different budgets and applications.

Close Up Any Gaps

Depending on the size of gaps between floorboards, it can be beneficial to close them. There are various ways to achieve this, the most common being adding fillets of pine between the boards.

Wood filler can be applied in cases where the gaps are extremely small.

It is worth bearing in mind, however, that gaps can act as air circulators. Removing them may lead to a build-up of dampness over time.

Floor Sanding

Once the floor is prepared, the next step is to sand it. A specialist floor sanding machine is more efficient and will produce a better finish than a manual approach.

It can often be helpful to start with more harsh grade sandpaper and work down to a finer level.

An edger can be used to sand the edges and corners of the room.

Paint The Floor

After sanding, wipe or mop down the floor to remove any debris, then apply a chosen wood paint designed for flooring. Multiple paint colours are available on the market.

Wooden floor painting is best conducted using an applicator pad or roller brush.

Try to paint with straight lines to ensure a perfect finish.

Seal The Floor

If the brand of paint requires a sealant, the final step is to seal the floor.

A high-quality sealant will preserve the appearance of the flooring, protect it from damage, and result in a long-lasting finish that will stand the test of time.

Hiring Equipment For Sanding Floors

If you are in need of a floor sander to help with your wooden floor project, whether it’s for commercial or domestic use then look no further. Bundles and packages available with next day delivery service. Get in touch to enquire now. 

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