We all spend a bit more time indoors during the cold, rainy weather - so it makes sense to keep your indoor area as comfortable and well-presented as possible.
Inviting friends and family around for cosy dinners could be all the more special with a great new look to show off - and a freshly sanded hardwood floor could be just the companion to your glowing fire, comfy throw-pillows and thick luxurious rugs.
Whether you are pulling up old carpet or lino, or just giving a new sheen to already-existing hardwood floors, there are a few key steps to follow when undertaking DIY floor sanding.
Firstly, remember to use a coarse-grained sandpaper to remove old dirt, a worn finish and scratches, or remnants of glue or other adhesive marks.
A finer grain of sandpaper can be used next to smooth out the coarsely-sanded surface.
The finest grain of paper should be used to buff the surface and prepare it for sealing and refinishing - remember to buff with the grain, not against it, to provide the smoothest sheen.
For this step you can use a buffing machine - a hire company may be able to help you choose the right model for your requirements, as well as offer advice about how to use it in the most effective way.