04:26AM | 09/19/01
Member Since: 07/05/01
25 lifetime posts
The final coat of polyurethane was applied to our hardwood floors on Sept. 18 morning. When can we begin to walk on it?

Jay J

05:23AM | 09/19/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi jason,

Water-based poly needs about 40 hours +/-. Oil-based poly needs a bit more.

The BEST thing to do is to check w/the Mfgr. (or your Contractor) to see what he/she says. Then, I'd add a day to that assuming that the conditions in the home are 'normal'.

If you have a new hardwood floor, read up on care and maintenance on it. I say this because most folks aren't aware of things like: What will sunlight do to my floor? (It will 'bleach' it over time, so you'd want to consider getting sheer curtains or a porch!) How do I protect my floor from scratches? (Consider using runners where you do a lot of walking, and DEFINITELY buy doormats. Make sure you only use carpeting/matting that has the vinyl/rubber type backing on it. 'Regular carpet remenants' will scratch the finish!) Will furniture 'ruin' my finish? (Consider buying those rubber 'feeties' for the heavier furniture.) ANd there's more.

The Flooring Mfgr. usually supplies some paperwork. If you know the maker of your flooring, ctc. them or your Contractor for the paperwork. At worst, use ANYONE'S paperwork (except where it comes to using the RIGHT cleaner.) For cleaner, ctc. the Mfgr. for the proper cleaner. If you don't use it, you COULD void the Warranty if you have a claim for ANY reason. There are a lot of cleaners out there so be cautious. Get the right one for oil or water based finish.

('Nough said.) My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!


05:45PM | 09/24/01
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
In addition to what Jay J said, Tennis shoes and High heels will kill a hardwood floor real fast, as will large dogs with long nails.


04:04AM | 09/25/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Right on DH. My hardwood floor has little golf ball-type indents in it from a fat lady that wore high heels while staying with us for a week.
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