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How Much Does Floor Polishing Cost in Perth? [2024 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Feel like your space is looking a little dingey, run-down, or outdated?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. 

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?  

Overall, sanding and polishing your floors 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


$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.

Looking for 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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