WHAT TO EXPECT
Congratulations on deciding to install a hardwood floor or to have your wood floor refinished.
We feel no matter how “hard” a wood floor is used, it always looks great and is easy to maintain.
Some things to know:
• There will be some dust. We do our best to contain the sawdust we generate and yet
there will still be some fine dust.
• Most sand and refinish jobs take about 4-5 days start to finish. Usually a floor can be
walked on with stocking feet about 8 hours after last coat is applied. Furniture can be
placed not dragged within 24-48 hrs. Light traffic in stocking feet for the first week with
normal living resuming once the finish has had a full week to cure. We’ll talk more
specifically with you about your floors and finishes.
• No pets should be around from the time we do our final sand (often day 2) until the last
coat of finish has had time to cure (often day 5 or 7.) We can be more specific about
your particular situation.
• Variation. Wood is a natural product, therefore some will be lighter in color while others
will be darker. Some knots and mineral streaks will also be apparent. The higher the
grade of wood, the more consistent the pieces.
• Wood moves. Expansion and contraction due to temperature and humidity changes are
normal. Your new floor may start out tight but it will absorb and expel moisture from
season to season so some gapping can be expected.
• Squeaks. Squeaks may develop due to natural expansion and contraction. We prefer to
install perpendicular to floor joists to minimize movement and separation and we
recommend ¾” OSB or plywood subfloor. Particle board is not an appropriate subfloor
for hardwood flooring.
• Fill may not last. Some wood fill will not last the life of the floor.
• Some imperfections may occur in the finish coats. Pet fur, hair, bubbles, dust, paint chips
etc. may drift into the finish. Many will “walk-out” over time as you use the floor.
• Maintenance is everything. Your wood floors are meant to be lived on. However, if you
choose to live on them without shoes, the finish will most likely last much longer since
rocks, sand, and grit often lodge in shoe soles and scratch a floor’s finish. Walk off mats/
rugs at all entrances also reduce debris. Cleaning floors with dry and damp (never wet)
moppings will also lengthen the life of your floor. Do not use wax or oil products unless
specifically recommended by your flooring installer/refinisher. Mop spills as quickly as
possible when they occur. Installing felt pads on the feet of all furniture will help prevent
scratches as well.
• Consider more frequent screen and recoatings rather than waiting for full sand and
refinish. These take less of your time and money.
• NWFA states that a finished wood floor should be viewed from a height of 5’ for 2
seconds in normal light to meet acceptable industry standards.
Thanks for calling Old Dog Wood Floors. Please call with any questions, comments, or