How long does it take to refinish hardwood floors?

hardwood flooringOne of the most common questions asked is “How long does it take to refinish a hardwood floor”? Smart homeowners ask the question, so they know what to expect and can plan ahead. Some homeowners don’t have the initiative to enquire, causing them to postpone the refinishing project.

So, how long will a refinishing project last? A day or 2? Or a week? The answer to this question depends on several factors which include:

  • The type of polyurethane you use
  • The size of your space
  • Weather when applied

The type of polyurethane you use

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There are 2 types of polyurethane – water based and oil based.

In general, it will take 3 – 5 days for polyurethane to dry.  However, most people prefer the look of oil based and it is inexpensive compared to water based.  The oil based takes a longer time for it to dry. With 3 coats of oil based polyurethane, it can be completed in 3 successive days, leaving each coat to dry for at least 24 hours before applying the next coat. So for an oil based polyurethane, it may take up to 5 days before you can return your furniture again.

The size of your space

The bigger your space, the longer the refinishing task will take. Most flooring contractors can cover up to 300 square metres per day so if you have a 1000 square metres area, add 2 more days for the job to be completed.


Having your floor recoated in summer will mean that it will dry quicker but remember humidity will also play a part in drying time.

How long does it take to refinish hardwood floors?

Do you need to refinish your floors? Contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring for all your needs. We can give you an obligation free quote and provide you with an estimated time as to when you can expect your floor to be ready to use. Ring us today on 0409 081 679 and let’s talk for a free quote.