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What to Do After the Sanding Work

  • The varnish takes 30 days on average to cure. During this period, you should use and care for your treated wood surface appropriately.
  • Once the final coat of varnish or oil has been applied, wait 24 to 48 hours before moving around on the protected surface, unless otherwise specified by your flooring professional. The drying time may vary based on the temperature inside your house. After respecting the specified period, if you’re still not sure if your floor coating is completely dry, we recommend waiting a little longer.
  • Wait at least 72 hours before putting your furniture back. The coating must be completely dry before you place any objects on it.
  • Use felts to protect all the undersides of your furniture (household appliances, lamps, objects, or others) that are in contact with your floor. Periodically verify the wear condition of the protective pads. Pay special attention to furniture that needs to be moved regularly, such as chairs.
  • Take off your shoes when walking on your floor. If the pressure exerted exceeds the resistance threshold of the wood, it will leave a mark. For example, high heels can easily reach 3500 pounds per square inch. So walk in socks or slippers to maintain the new look of your floors longer.
  • During the winter time, keep your shoes and boots away from the varnished surface because the calcium – often present in the snow – will damage it.
  • Don’t use any liquid (water, detergent, oil, cleaning product, or other) to clean your floor for 30 days following the application of the final coat of finish. Liquid risks mixing with the varnish and weakening its molecular composition. However, if you want to remove dust, you can use a Swiffer sweeper, a microfibre, a dry cloth, or a vacuum cleaner with soft bristles, always without adding any product. Once the 30 days have elapsed, you can use Bona cleaning products for hardwood floors.
  • When moving your furniture, you should always lift it off the ground, without causing friction on the floor. If you drag or pull it, you’ll damage your varnish and probably your wood.
  • Since the varnish takes around four weeks to cure, you should avoid laying rugs/carpets on the floor or any other material that could impair the air circulation on the surface of your floor. Poor ventilation could cause some undesirable problems: the varnish could stick, crumble, deteriorate, or become damaged or discoloured. If you need to perform other work after varnishing your floors, take care to remove the drop sheets that cover the floor as quickly as possible after each operation.
  • For people with pets, we recommend putting nail protectors on their paws. This is a rather simple operation that involves placing a small plastic tip on the end of your pet’s nail. This is an affordable service that will extend the lifespan of your floor.
  • Inside your house, maintain a relative humidity of 50% (± a 5% interval) and a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius (± a two-degree interval).
  • Be attentive when working near water points in your house. Water is often the cause of premature wear and tear or damage to your floor.
  • To learn more, check out our maintenance guides for varnished and oiled floors to preserve your floor’s finish as long as possible.

 

Note: We do not bring dust bags with us. It is your responsibility to dispose of any dust.
Note: Do not be alarmed if you notice that the varnish isn’t 100% smooth. This is a phenomenon that may be normal, since our work is based on an artisanal process. Although all techniques and procedures are followed rigorously, we cannot match work done in a factory. The final result of the floor depends greatly on the conditions inside your house. Here are some examples of conditions that may influence the final result:

  • – Old oil-based paint that crumbles to the touch
  • – Pet hair
  • – Residue between your slats that is lifted by the mechanical action of the roller during varnishing
  • – Absence of quarter rounds or baseboards
  • – Air circulation due to a poorly insulated house
  • – Ventilation devices not turned off in the house
  • – Etc.

*To the best of our knowledge, the information contained in this document is accurate. As conditions and product application methods may vary, no guarantee is given on the recommendations or on the final result. It is the responsibility of the owner/user to verify the suitability of the methods and to ensure the proper preservation of the treated areas.