How Long Should You Stay Off Hardwood Floors When Finished?

How long before you can walk on newly finished hardwood floors?

We recommend waiting 6 hours before walking on your new floors in socks. After 24 hours you can walk through with shoes on. Allow 48 hours before setting furniture and returning pets. Carpets and area rugs can be placed after 1 full week.

How long does it take hardwood floors to cure?

The manufacturer recommends the following for floors finished with Bona Traffic HD: The curing process takes approximately 3 days (80% cured after 1 day, 100% after 3 days). The floor may be walked on after 24 hours, but remains susceptible to scuffing or marring until completely cured.

When can you walk on hardwood floors after polyurethane?

Length of time to dry for oil based polyurethane:

Hours 24-48, you can walk on the floors with socks. Avoid shoes and bare feet. And, make sure your pets (who usually have bare feet) do not walk on the floors during this time. After 4 days, you can move furniture back on to the floors.

How long does polyurethane take to dry on wood floors?

Polyurethane dries in 24-48 hours and takes about 30 days to fully cure. Your new hardwood floor is installed, and just one more thing needs to be done to protect the wood and bring out that beautiful grain.

How long do refinished floors take to dry?

Drying time after the floors are refinished:

At a minimum, you should wait at least 24 hrs before walking on the floors; for hours 24-48, it's best to wear socks only (no shoes, no bare feet). Ideally, you should wait a total of 4 days before moving furniture back.

How do you get rid of polyurethane smell fast?

Place several bowls in the affected room and fill them with water. Put half an onion in each dish, with the cut side facing up. Onions are one of the best natural ways to absorb unwanted smells. If you are gone for a few days, replace the onions with fresh ones each day.

Is two coats of polyurethane enough on hardwood floors?

We recommend at least 2 coats of oil based polyurethane + a lacquer sealer coat as a minimum for hardwood flooring. Extra coats = extra protection, but only one coat of oil based polyurethane may be applied per day, as it needs 24 hours to dry before applying another coat.

What do you do with your furniture when you refinish hardwood floors?

Furniture should be removed if all floors in a house must be refinished. Moving the furniture from room to room is difficult and time-consuming. Instead, removing the furniture from the house requires only two moves, instead of constant shifting throughout the refinishing process.

Will a dog ruin my hardwood floors?

Dogs—especially young ones—can easily can have an accident on a hardwood floor, but if you clean it within a reasonable time, no problem. Yes, dogs could possibly damage hardwood floors, but a dog lover will gladly take the simple steps to prevent that.

Can you walk on sanded hardwood floors?

Your floor can be walked on with stocking feet in 3-4 hours and furniture can be placed back on the floor (not dragged) in 48 hours. Area rugs can be put down in one week when the finish is fully cured.

Can wood floors cause hip dysplasia?

Do slippery floors cause hip dysplasia? If your puppies are less than 3 months old and you decide to raise them on the hardwood floor, they have a high risk of hip dysplasia.

When can you put furniture on refinished floors?

Wait 48 to 72 hours after the hardwood has been refinished/ finished before "PLACING" furniture back in its place. Keep a steady temperature and humidity within your home. Dramatic swings in temperature will cause hardwood to shrink or to cup. Sweep/dust and mop often.

How do you clean newly finished hardwood floors?

Begin by dusting or sweeping your floors well. Then make a cleaning mixture using 4 cups warm water and a few drops of castile soap or dish soap. Do not shake, but gently mix this, then mop or scrub small sections at a time, drying them with a clean cloth or dry mop after."

How often do wood floors need to be refinished?

Depending on a floor's thickness and the experience of the flooring professional, a floor can be sanded around 4-6 times in its entire life. Hardwood floors can be refinished every 7-10 years, making the 4-6 refinishes more than enough.

What temperature does it need to be to polyurethane wood?

Ideal Conditions are 70 degrees F and 50% humidity.

How do you get the smell out of hardwood floors after refinishing?

Turn up the heat while opening windows across the house. Put in fans in windows/doors blowing in the house on one or two sides. Just don't put fans blowing in all windows so air has an easier chance of escaping. It would be better to open all windows partially than two windows fully.

How long does it take for oil based polyurethane to stop smelling?

Typically, as he mentioned, "full cure" (hardness) may not be reached for 10-14 days and the fumes will probably dissipate over the following 10-12 days. The smell can be around for anywhere from 3-6 weeks, however.

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