Q: I am moving into a new home that has just had the hardwood floors finished, how long should they cure and dry before moving furniture in?
A: That depends on the drying conditions in the home and the recommendation of the finish manufacturer. I recently re coated my floors and placed the furniture back in the room the next day. Carefully. Their recommendation was light traffic after 24 hours. Heavy traffic after 3 days. Most finishes will continue to get slightly harder as they head toward full cure over a period of a week or 2. Area rugs should not be put in place for at least a week.
Protecting wood floors between sanding and sealing
Q: We are sanding our painted wood floors. Is there some way to protect them until we can seal them? A: You could cover them with a drop sheet. Don't walk on them with wet or mucky foot wear. Keep liquids away from the area. Oh, be careful with lead…
Paint first or after floors are finished
I just bought a new house and want to refinish the hardwood floors and paint the entire interior. Is it best to paint first and then do the floors or vice versa?
Protecting wood floors from insecticide treatment
Q: I have bed bugs and everything I read says to seal all cracks in the room before using insecticide. The wood tile floor (Parquet?) has little cracks all round them. It's very old and unfinished but I just want to seal it, not bothered by color or a bit…
Will my cats nails scratch prefinished hardwood flooring? What about moist hair ball regurgitation? Would they harm the floor?
Protecting wood floors from the cold
Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: We had a very uneven slab when we started building our home. We put 80% hardwoods in the home. The concrete company floated the downstairs extensively and then put the black tar stuff and plywood down before installing our nail down…
Unfinished wood and paint
I own a painting company and I am doing a job for a home owner who is concerned about paint dripping on his unfinished Brazilian walnut hardwood floor. The installer told him that the paint can not be removed and I need to know if this is correct or not.…