Transform your staircase with our expert's step-by-step guide to sanding stairs

A spiral wooden staircase with spotlights embedded into the steps
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The prospect of sanding stairs might sound like a daunting task, but fear not - armed with the right tools and techniques, it's a manageable DIY project that can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your home.

In this step-by-step guide, our expert David Hilton shows you how to breathe a new lease of life into a tired wooden staircase by stripping it back and freshening it up with a new paint job. 

David Hilton

David is a renewables and ventilation installer, with over 35 years experience, and is a long-standing contributor to Homebuilding and Renovating magazine. He is a member of the Gas Safe Register, has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture, and is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heat recovery ventilation, renewables, and also conventional heating systems. He is also a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. 

Passionate about healthy, efficient homes, he is director of Heat and Energy Ltd. He works with architects, builders, self builders and renovators, and designs and project manages the installation of ventilation and heating systems to achieve the most energy efficient and cost effective outcome for every home.

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