Stain/finish when it’s cold?

Q: My house was built in 1956 and cold air under the house makes the floors cold to my bare feet. I have removed carpet and have oak floors, which are in pretty good shape. I’ve sanded, etc. and am ready to stain. Temp in TN is around 38 to 45 degrees. My house is warm, but knowing heat rises and the floors are still cold, would it be best to wait for a warmer day before applying stain and polyurethane?

A: It is best to wait. Dry times will be greatly extended with such a cold floor. This is something you won’t be able to rush.