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Can Engineered Wood Flooring Be Sanded

The Question: Can I Sand & Refinish An Engineered Wood Floor?

Lots of people who buy and own an engineered wooden floor think that it is not possible to sand it. This is not the case as engineered wood floors have a top layer of hardwood of about 3mm. When sanding wooden floors a floor sanding machine will normally take off 0.5 – 1mm of wood off of the wood floor.

Even though engineered wood floors are cheaper than solid wood floors, they can still last a very long time with the correct maintenance and care. Sanding engineered floors will make your floor look new again, but remember to always sand the floor lightly as you will make the life of the floor last a lot longer. It is possible to sand a 3mm top layer engineered floor up to 2 or 3 times depending on how much wood is taken off during the previous floor sanding attempts.

It is also possible to stain a wooden engineered floor just like you would any other wooden floor. People believe that engineered floors are completely different to solid wood flooring, but the only difference is that engineered flooring is made up of a cheaper wood as a base and a 3mm top layer of hardwood.

Once you have sanded the floor it is possible to either lacquer the new wooden floor surface or use hardwax oil, or any other wooden floor finish of your choice. It is normally better to use a hard wearing finish as the surface from any damage and scratches.

It is generally a good idea to get a floor sanding professional to carry out any floor sanding, but I can’t recommend enough that using a professional for engineered floors will save you lots of money as you don’t want to sand too much of the wood surface away to reveal the cheaper, softer wood underneath the veneer.

engineered oak floor restored

Example of a refinished engineered floor.