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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



2022/23 Training Program:

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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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Wood Kitchen Worktops Restoration

Thank you Steven for restoring our kitchen worktops, so pleased with the results, they look like new. Would highly recommend!

Sarah Dixon

The Westin 5 Star Hotel

Thank you for the work completed at the Exchange Restaurant at the Westin Dublin, not only was the floor finishing completed in a very small time allocation there was no dust, smell or disruption to the operation of the business.Read more “The Westin 5 Star Hotel”

St Michael’s College

The Ultimate Floor Sanding Company was engaged by St. Michael’s for the purposes of restoring parquet flooring in eight classrooms and restoring a stage floor. the work was undertaken in a very professional manner. I have no hesitation in recommending… Read more “St Michael’s College”

Finance & Facilities Director.  St Michael's College

Sports Hall Sanding and Line Marking

I would like to compliment your floor sanding team, headed up by Lonan McDonald who recently sanded, marked and sealed our gymnasium floor for Badminton & Basketball at the Community Centre. The professional approach, detailed product information and method of… Read more “Sports Hall Sanding and Line Marking”

Peter Tobin MBA, Prof. Dip. Mgt; CMILT, MIQA
Centre Manager. Donnycarney Community & Youth Centre

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

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!… Read more “Such excellent service!”

Amanda Claassen

I am delighted with the work completed

We bought our house 6 years ago and it was a complete wreck, over this time we have been gradually updating it and in the main, we completed this work ourselves (well, my Dad really!) However, when it came to… Read more “I am delighted with the work completed”

Nathan Kelsey

The Old Methodist Chapel, Flash, Buxton

Cheshire Floors (and Stuart) were great for us. We have an old converted Chapel that 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… Read more “The Old Methodist Chapel, Flash, Buxton”

Catherine and Toby Stuart-Jervis