When Can You Walk on Your New Hardwood Floors?

April 13, 2021

By Mr. Rogers Hardwood, LLC

Installing brand-new flooring can increase your property's resale value and enhance its visual appeal. As you plan for your new renovation project, you should plan to be out of the house for a little while so the floor can set before you start walking on it. Heavy foot traffic on brand-new flooring material could ruin its quality and cut its lifespan short. Use this guide to discover when you could start walking on your new floors again.

When you first have your hardwood flooring installed, you should wait at least a day before walking on your floors with socks. Avoid having pets play in the newly renovated room for two days and keep heavy furniture out of the room for at least a week so the floor can cure. The specific time you should wait before you walk on your new hardwood floors depends on several factors:


The type of finish: An oil-based or water-based polyurethane finish goes on your flooring after the specialist has installed it. Even if the floor is dry, the finish needs to cure several days to protect the hardwood panels from scuffing and scratches. A water-based polyurethane finish dries quickly so that you can walk on your floors after a few hours. However, an oil-based finish takes longer to dry, so you must wait several days before you can walk and move furniture on it.


The indoor climate of your home: Solid hardwood floorboards need a couple of days to acclimate to the environment to make sure they expand and contract properly. If your home is too dry or you installed your flooring too quickly, the flooring could develop gaps. Be sure to wait for the recommended time to walk on your floors to prevent warping.


The flooring’s wood species: Different types of wood have unique acclimation periods, so it might take some floors longer to get ready for foot traffic. Engineered Hardwood flooring can resist warping from changes in temperature much better than solid hardwood flooring, so you only need to wait a day before walking on it.

Please schedule an Appointment with Mr. Rogers Hardwood Flooring for New FloorinIf you need new flooring, you can schedule an appointment with us to come to your house and bring you flooring samples. An in-home flooring estimate allows you to test the flooring material against your furniture, paint color, and design style. After you have installed your flooring, you can also subscribe to our monthly newsletter to get tips on how to care for your floors to ensure your high-quality material lasts as long as it can.


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