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Handle with Care: Navigating the Most Vulnerable State of Your Hardwood Floors

Greetings, fellow hardwood floor enthusiasts! I'm Jayce Espinosa, owner of Espinosa Hardwood Floors, and today we're diving into the critical topic of the curing phase for newly installed hardwood floors. This delicate period, typically lasting 2-3 weeks after installation, requires special attention and precautions to ensure the longevity and flawless appearance of your floors. Join me as we explore the vulnerabilities of freshly finished hardwood floors and how to navigate this crucial stage with care.

Weight Limitations: Proceed with Caution:

Freshly finished hardwood floors are in a vulnerable state and cannot bear heavy loads or excessive pressure. It's essential to exercise caution and avoid placing heavy furniture, appliances, or other weighty objects directly on the floors during the curing phase. The weight can leave indentations, cause permanent damage, or disrupt the curing process, leading to uneven finishes or weakened structural integrity.

Beware of Streak Marks and the "Smeared Glass" Effect:

Streak marks, also known as lap marks, are a common concern during the curing phase. These marks manifest as visible lines or smears on the surface of the newly finished floors. They can occur when a finish application is interrupted or overlapped incorrectly, leading to an uneven distribution of the protective coating. Additionally, high humidity levels, improper drying techniques, or using inappropriate cleaning products can contribute to the formation of streak marks.

Potential Need for Redoing the Floors:

When streak marks occur during the curing phase, there's a possibility that the floors may need to be redone to achieve the desired flawless finish. Redoing the floors can be time-consuming, costly, and disruptive to your daily life. To avoid such scenarios, it's crucial to be mindful of the precautions outlined below and follow the recommended maintenance guidelines provided by your hardwood flooring professional.

Essential Precautions and Maintenance Tips:

Keep the floors clear: During the curing phase, ensure the floors remain free from heavy objects, sharp items, or anything that can scratch or damage the surface.

Use protective coverings: Place protective felt pads or furniture coasters under the legs of your furniture to distribute weight and minimize the risk of indentations.

Minimize foot traffic: Limit foot traffic and avoid walking on the floors with shoes or high heels that could potentially leave marks or indentations.

Follow maintenance guidelines: Adhere to the specific care and maintenance instructions provided by your hardwood floor professional. Avoid using cleaning products or techniques that may disrupt the curing process or compromise the finish.

Patience is key: Allow sufficient time for the curing phase, typically 2-3 weeks, before subjecting your floors to regular use and heavier furniture placement.


The curing phase is a critical period for newly finished hardwood floors. By understanding the vulnerabilities during this time and taking the necessary precautions, you can preserve the integrity and appearance of your floors for years to come. Remember, Espinosa Hardwood Floors is here to provide expert guidance and support throughout the entire flooring process, ensuring your investment in stunning hardwood floors remains flawless from installation to long-term enjoyment.

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