Polyurethane dry time

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Old 10-15-18, 02:22 PM
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Polyurethane dry time

I just had my floors upstairs stained and polyurethaned.

Whatís the typical time I should wait for :

1. Place furniture in room
2. Install area rugs

The hardwood is red oak and brand new, stained with DuraSeal and duraseal oil poly. The label says 30 days before installing any rugs. If this is the case, I am in trouble, I am trying to relocate my daughter into her new room and prepare her old room for the new baby coming.
 
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Oil-based polyurethanes do take a long time to fully cure. The finish remains soft for a while and can easily be dented, scratched, sticky or transfer color from something like a rug. I would wait at minimum 7 days before putting in any furniture, and then only a small piece. Check it after a day or two to see if it has stuck or dented the finish at all before moving in anything else. I think 30 days is a little long, but probably a good 2 weeks before using a rug. Cure time is also slower in colder or humid areas, so if you can make sure the room is well heated and has light air circulation like a ceiling fan on low it will help cure faster. As long as you can still smell even a hint of solvent, it is still curing.
 
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We've always told folks 72 hrs for light traffic. You can set furniture after 72 hrs but you do not want to scoot it across the floor!
 
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All depends on the finish used. And you shouldn't have to ask us if they left any of the empty cans behind. Just read the label.
 
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Thanks all... Iím just going to have to wait.

Can I put red rosin paper down 24hrs after last coat of poly?
 
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IMO it would be better to limit the floor to light traffic with stocking covered feet - no shoes.
 
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I wouldn't put paper down. Another problem it can create are lines from sunlight where it is and is not covered.
 
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