Is Sanding a Hardwood Floor a DIY Project?

How DIY is a project, exactly? An argument can be made that everything can be a DIY project in one form or another. It is possible to buy wood and build a house. It’s even possible to cut down trees, cut wood planks, and really build a house from pure scratch. Obviously, this isn’t practical for an assortment of clear reasons. Is hardwood floor sanding a DIY project? Does it exist on the side of the pendulum alongside making a personal airplane or a house, or does it exist near the act of changing a light bulb?

What does hardwood floor sanding even encompass?

Hardwood floor sanding generally demands the task of pushing a large sand blasting machine around the floor. It has to be moved quite slowly (but not slowly enough) to allow for an even blast and applied pressure. A typical sand blasting machine weighs about 100 pounds. The machine has to be held for a brief moment as its impacts the floor, so it has to be pushed slowly and evenly.

The machine will often jerk by the intense vacuum of the blasting, which is its own frustrating problem. The sand blasting machine is extremely loud. It can actually damage one’s ears, so earplugs are necessary. On a final note here, particles of dust can also cause problems for individuals prone to allergies.


The sanding process is not a very accessible DIY project. But, what really cements the deal, is the oil and staining application. A sanding is usually followed by a staining that basically collects and smooths out the soft grooves made in the wood. The application has to be extremely consistent. If a little extra pressure is added to one area, it will appear considerably darkened. If uneven pressure was applied overall, the hardwood floor may display a range of shades along the color spectrum.

Sanding a wood floor is not the best DIY project. It does not compare to changing a light bulb, and people may be more comfortable pulling a sink out. Many DIYers may want to stick with changing more reasonable tasks, and leave the wood flooring details to a professional.