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How Much Does Floor Polishing Cost in Perth? [2021 Price Guide]

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Timber floor polishing starts at $35/m2 and goes up to $60/m2 on average. However, the condition of your floor, the type of timber in question, and the polishing products you choose will all impact your final price. Read on for help budgeting your next floor polishing service.

Feel like your space is looking a little dingey, run-down, or outdated?

There’s a good chance you’re not alone.

Over time and with normal wear and tear, your flooring can begin to feel run down and lacklustre (especially if you have kids or pets running around). With thousands of footsteps a day, not to mention impact damage, spills, scratches, and scrapes, a gorgeous timber surface can become aged well before its time.

The good news? Giving your timber surfaces a new lease on life doesn’t have to break the bank. One of the most cost-effective and easy ways to restore your space? Floor polishing

Here’s everything you should know about floor polishing costs in Perth. 

Is floor polishing worth it?

If you have timber floors, the answer is a resounding yes. 

Your timber floors can, and will, become cracked, unattractive, and less durable over time, and this can make your space look dated and drab. Regular floor sanding and polishing is key to preventing this from happening and helping to maintain your hardwood floors. 

Additionally, timber floor polishing can unlock the following benefits: 

✔ Minimise allergies

If anyone in your household struggles with allergies, polishing your floors can help. 

Why? 

Dust, debris, and allergen particles generally get stuck to rough surfaces -- including your hardwood floor. This can be difficult to clean on your own, as unpolished floors are absorbent and the allergens can get absorbed into the fibers. Polishing your floors, on the other hand, cleans away these particles and seals the wood against future debris lodging in. 

✔ Increase your home’s resale value

Believe it or not, something as simple as sanding and polishing your floors can increase your home’s curb appeal and make it look more modern and updated. 

This can increase your property value by hundreds or thousands of dollars -- without requiring much effort at all. 

✔ Help you update your interior

If you’re tired of your home’s interior -- but you don’t want to spend a fortune on a remodel -- polishing your floors and applying a different finish can help change things up quickly and easily. 

✔ Make your floors last longer

Timber floors need regular maintenance (in the form of sanding and polishing) to maintain their appearance and structural integrity. Without this care, you may need to replace timber floors long before their time, setting you back thousands of dollars. 

Are floor polishing and floor sanding the same?

No. 

Floor sanding is a process during which you use an abrasive material to get rid of damaged polyurethane sealer or damaged wood. This is necessary if your floors are really worn or if you have significant damage like deep scratches. Floor sanding is typically followed up by coating the floor with a protective sealant to guard against moisture, spills, etc. 

Floor polishing, on the other hand, is a finishing process that uses an abrasive belt or disk to smooth the floor and restore glow. When you polish wood, you’re not getting rid of anything, while sanding includes removal of material.

Can I polish my own floors to save money?

Technically, yes (you can attempt anything on your own with the right attitude).

But there are plenty of things that can go wrong or cause danger to you, meaning no amount of DIY spirit can replace a professional Perth flooring team. 

Having serviced Kallaroo and the entire Perth Metro for over 10 years, the following problems are common in DIY floor polishing attempts:

✘ Uneven sanding

 If you sand a particular area for too long - or sand unevenly - it can create indentations in your wood floor. It can also be difficult to reach corners or hard-to-reach areas on your own.

✘ Floating dust particles

When you’re sanding and polishing floor, it will create a dusty environment in your home. Not only can you breathe this in, but unaddressed dust can get caught in your varnish and create imperfections in your final product. 

✘ Poorly applied varnish or poor finishing

As a customer, you won’t have access to as many stains and varnish options as a professional organisation. You’ll simply have what you can get off the shelves. This can lead to you choosing a lower quality varnish that’s likely to peel, marr, or look dingy over time. 

Factors that affect the cost of floor polishing 

Size of your space

The larger your flooring space, the more the job will cost. Generally speaking, polishing timber wood in Australia will cost between $25 and $35 per square metre. However, this also depends on the type of hardwood you need polished.

Complexity of your space

Typically, polishing stairs will cost more than floor polishing. That’s because stairs are prone to wear and tear. Additionally, stair polishing must be done by hand and requires special tools and expertise. If you are polishing stairs, then, you can expect a higher cost. 

Timber type

Your costs also depend largely on the type of timber that you have in your home. Different types of timber have different care and maintenance requirements. Check out the table below for a quick breakdown.

Type of Timber 

Polishing Costs 

Hardwood Timber Flooring 

$50 to $100 per square metre 

Engineered Timber Flooring 

$40 to $100 per square metre 

Bamboo Timber Flooring 

$90 per square metre 


Type of finish 

The price will also depend on the type of floor finish that you choose. Here, your primary options consist of water-based finishes, oil-based varnish, or solvent-based finish. 

Water-based finishes

Durable and quick drying -- but they require a more controlled environment to dry. These finishes are generally more expensive.

Solvent-based finishes

Take longer to dry but they provide that traditional, scuff-resistant shine. 

Oil-based varnishes

 Extremely durable, though they take a long time to dry and they smell. These finishes are generally less expensive than water-based polyurethane alternatives. 

How much should you expect to pay for floor polishing in Perth?  

Overall, sanding and polishing your floors in Perth can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $8,000. If you have a 3-bedroom home, you should expect to pay an average of $2,500. 

That said, you should consider additional costs: 

Flooring Service 

Average Costs 

Floor staining 

$10 per m2 

Water-based finish 

$5 per m2

Limewashing 

$50 to $60 per m2 

Modified or special oil finishes 

$5 per m2


How often will my floors need professional polishing?

The frequency will depend on many factors, including: 

  • Foot traffic
  • If your floor is exposed to a lot of sand and grit
  • If you have scuffs, scratches, etc. 

That said, as a rule of thumb, you will want to have your floors professionally polished and protected every 2 to 4 months to maintain their lustre and shine. However, this number can certainly be adjusted based on your budget or your day-to-day needs.

What is the floor polishing process?

This depends on whether or not your floor needs sanding and polishing. That said, if you need the whole sha-bang, here is the process. 

First, the sanding. We start by making sure there are no nails sticking out of your floor or uneven surfaces that need levelling. Then, we start with coarse grade sandpaper on a floor sander to sand away existing finishes, coats, stains, or varnishes. 

Next, we use a medium grain sandpaper to further buff the floors, particularly hard-to-reach edges or spaces.

After this process, any holes in the floor will be filled to ensure there is a smooth, even surface. Then, a fine grade sandpaper is used to fully smooth the rest of the surface. If you want to apply a stain, we apply it after this step! If not, we get to polishing. 

During polishing, we start with a base coat that will seal the timber. This coat will be left to dry overnight. Then, we will be able to apply your chosen finish. Each coat of finish will take some time, though waterborne polyurethane dries more quickly than solvent-based options. Overall, the whole process should be completed in less than a week.

Looking for Perth’s leading floor polishing service?

If you’re looking for the best way to maintain your timber floors and update the overall look of your home, consider polishing and sanding services. 

Remember, there’s a lot that can go wrong here -- sanding tools are difficult to use, and properly applying finish requires a lot of technique and skill. At Allen Brothers Flooring we understand that you’re looking to cut on costs, not quality. That’s why we offer 5-year warranties on all timber projects for your peace of mind.

As a family owned and operated company with over 14 years experience in floor sanding, polishing, sealing, and repair, we’ve got the tools and the team to help extend the life of your favourite timber surfaces.

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