What to Expect
Once you’ve decided to install or refinish a wood floor, you may wonder what will happen next. Knowing what to expect before, during, and after the work takes place will help ensure a high-quality job.
Before work begins, remove all furnishings, draperies, paintings, and other items from the room. For new installations, the wood will need to acclimate, which will vary between 3 to 5 days.
If your floors are being sanded, finished or refinished, be prepared for some noise and disruption. Dust containment systems can minimize debris; however no system is 100% effective so cover any items that you want to keep dust-free. After the finish is applied you will need to stay off your floors until it the finish has dried. The time required will vary depending on the type of finish used.
After the finish has dried, place felt pads on the bottoms of any furniture to minimize scratches and dents. Place door mats at all entrances to prevent debris from being tracked onto the floor. Avoid walking on your floors with high heeled shoes to avoid denting your floor.
Keep in mind that no two floor boards will be identical. Variations in appearance are completely natural. As your floor ages, some color change can occur. This also is normal but can be minimized by limiting your floors exposure to direct sunlight and periodically moving furniture and rugs. Seasonal humidity change may cause the wood to expand and contract. Minor gaps are normal and will appear and disappear between floor boards during seasons of high and low humidity.
Finally, you can keep your wood floors looking their best by with proper maintenance. Keep relative humidity fluctuations in the home between 40 to 50 percent. Use an appropriate cleaning product recommended for your floors to keep them looking beautiful for years to come.