If you are looking at getting your hardwood floors refinished it is best to plan ahead. Getting your hardwood floors refinished is a process that will take some time. You’ll want to make sure you have enough time to make sure that it is done properly. If you skimp at one part then you could potentially mess up the flooring which will cause you to have to either live with bad flooring or have it refinished all over again.
The reason refinishing hardwood floors takes time is because the stain and the finish need time to dry. You’ll have to wait between each coat to ensure that it is dry enough for the next coat. If you don’t wait then it will cause problems and make your floor not turn out right. Have patience with your flooring contractor and trust them when they say you have to wait. If you don’t wait you could be pouring all your money down the drain.
Water based polyurethane takes a shorter amount of time to dry in between coats, but it tends to not last as long. Oil based polyurethane can take up to 24 hours to dry and sometimes it takes longer to dry depending on different factors. You’ll have to wait for the finish to dry in between coats making the refinishing process take longer. You’ll want to plan at least 3-5 days for refinishing the floors, but it could take longer depending on the area that needs to be refinished. During this time you will not be able to use the rooms in which the refinishing is getting done so plan accordingly.
The next question becomes, “when can I move furniture in?” It is best to wait 4-5 days after the last layer of finish was put on before moving in furniture. Even then you’ll want to be careful not to drag the furniture on the floor as the polyurethane is still curing. Moving in furniture before that can cause you to create damages in the finish, ruining all the work that was done before. It’s best to be patient and allow the finish to fully dry.
If you are wanting to put area rugs in it is best to wait at least 2 weeks before putting the area rug in. Covering up the floor with an area rug can cause the floor to not cure completely. While the floor will be dry to walk on, there is still a curing process that occurs so it is best to wait before putting the area rugs on the floor.
If you are planning on getting your floors refinished it is best to make sure you have enough time to do so. If you rush the process along you run the risk of causing damage to your newly refinished hardwood floors. Trust your hardwood flooring experts when they tell you to wait to put furniture in or tell you to not walk on the floor with your shoes or bare feet for the first couple days. They have your best interest in mind so that you can fully enjoy your newly refinished hardwood floors for years to come.