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Floor Sanding Training

The timber flooring industry is going through a period of significant growth at the moment with a conservative estimate of 10,000 square metres being installed daily. The majority of this flooring is pre- finished, so just like in the carpet and stone businesses the opportunity for care and maintenance lies not with retailers or installers but with specialist contractors. Our floor sanding training course is specifically designed for those with no knowledge of wooden flooring but who have the desire and ability to serve this lucrative market.

Since our first floor sanding training course in 2007, we have trained dozens of individuals and companies who have gone on to run successful floor sanding businesses and our reputation is second to none in this respect.

The course is a two-day event at one of two, purpose-built, floor training centres and includes lunch and refreshments on both days.  The course is very “hands on” in that, we use a variety of machines and products (some of which are unique to us) but we do not neglect the very necessary theory elements and business management information required to start and run a SUCCESSFUL floor sanding business.

Topics Covered

  • Belt Sanding
  • Planetary sanding
  •  Edging
  •  Finish sanders (edge and field)

  • Filling (various methods)
  • Sealers (water and alcohol based)
  • Lacquers
  • Oils and Hardwax Oils

  • Staining
  • Timber recognition
  • Job pricing
  • Marketing


2018/9 Training Program:

31st Oct / 1st Nov 
31st Jan / 1st Feb 

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1) Brief introduction to your trainer over tea / coffee followed by outline and description of the machines we will be using plus some of the alternative options available and their merits/ disadvantages.

2) Description of the types of timber we are sanding and why they have been selected followed by an outline of the abrasives used and the different grits available.

3) Hands on training on the use of the belt sander, Pallmann Spider and the edger followed by application of different types of gap fillers.

4) Training in the use of two types of field finishing sanders followed by use of finishing edge sanders and extractor.

5) Discussion on the various types of sealers and their uses followed by application of sealers on to the newly sanded boards

6) Application of the first coat of water based finish and time permitting discussion on solvent based finishes, vocs etc., (this may not happen until the following day).


9.00 am start!

1) Inspection of what was achieved previous day discussion on grain raising followed by de-nibbing of floor ready for final coats

2) Application of second coat of finish, discussion on the importance of the correct applicator, followed by timber recognition and its importance.

3) Application of third coat of finish, discussion on merits of a 2 coat system and outline of how this can be achieved.

4) Explanation of alternative finishes and staining after which we inspect the finished floor then sand it off again in order to demonstrate oils, hardwax oils and stains.

5) Discussion on business generation strategies and job pricing followed by de-briefing and an opportunity to discuss anything regarding timber floor finishing.

ALL delegates will get an opportunity for hands on use of the machines plus training in application techniques but these are your two days, ask any questions you like and if there are any demonstrations you would like we will do our best to fit them in.


You can find out more about what to expect from our floor sanding training courses in this video.

Want to know what our participants have to say about our floor sanding training course?  Check out some of our training testimonials.

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  • The Old Methodist Chapel, Flash, Buxton

    Cheshire Floors (and Stuart) were great for us. We have an old converted Chapel which was in dire need of some help with regard to the 200 year old pitch pine floors which are beautiful but were in need of some serious cleaning after years of wear and recent renovation...

    Catherine and Toby Stuart-Jervis

    I am delighted with the work completed

    When it came to restoring the parquet floors we were only ever going to engage the services of a professional – and I’m SO pleased that we chose Johnny and his team...

    Nathan Kelsey

    Such excellent service!

    Such excellent service! Our floors are back to their former glory after messy dogs and years of use. Thank you to the team for always staying in contact, giving great advice and getting the job done in the allocated time! I couldn't recommend them more highly!

    Amanda Claassen

    The floor was transformed

    “Deep scratches were successfully removed and the floor was transformed from a tatty scratched floor, to an amazing finished floor that looks brand new. Outstanding.” Oak wooden floor stripped, sealed and re-lacquered.

    F Jones, Kingston Upon Thames