Floor sanders/finishers are responsible for sanding and finishing floors so they look their best. They usually work with hardwood and tile floors which may have been newly installed or should be restored to appear more attractive. Some jobs require prior experience while others offer on-the-job training, and this work requires good physical endurance and strength to lift heavy items, bend and stoop, perform repetitive motions, and stand for long periods of time.
Floor sanders/finishers apply stains, finishes, and waxes, and it's usually necessary to use a variety of manual and power tools such as paint rollers, vacuums, floor buffers, hand tools, and sanders. Many are also tasked with installing flooring or assisting in doing so, and they must be familiar with various types of wood and able to analyze floors' conditions to determine the best method of treatment. The treatment process is often repeated several times to achieve the best results, so patience and close attention to detail are important in this position.
Safety precautions must be observed at all times to prevent injury or illness, and floor sanders/finishers often travel to different locations to complete jobs, so a valid driver's license and reliable transportation are often required for this position. Strong customer service skills are necessary to interact directly with clients, and some employers require a high school diploma while others have no educational requirements.
Floor Sander / Finisher Tasks
Apply appropriate finishing techniques to wood and tile floors post-installation.
Refinish worn existing flooring, replacing broken parts and checking the integrity of the wood.
Apply various sealants and finishing treatments to floors, such as waxes, stains, and varnish.
Use power tools and sanding machinery to smooth irregularities and polish wood or tile.