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Before work begins, remove all furnishings, draperies, paintings, and other items from the room. For new installations, the wood will need to acclimate to the temperature of the site. This process usually takes approximately 48 hours.

If your floors are being sanded, finished or refinished, be prepared for some noise and disruption. When the stain and/or finish is applied, you will need to stay off your floors for the recommended time frame. The time will vary depending on the type of stain/finish used. There will be dust, plenty during operations, and definitely some left after. The more you prepare for dust, the better.

After the job is complete, put felt pads on the bottoms of any furniture to minimize scratches and dents. Place rugs at all entrances, avoiding those with rubber backs. Avoid walking on your floors with cleats or high heels in disrepair.

Keep in mind that no two floor boards will be identical. Variations in appearance are normal. As your floor ages, some color change can occur. This also is normal, but can be minimized by limiting exposure to direct sunlight, and periodically moving furniture and rugs. Seasonal humidity change may cause the wood to expand and contract. Cracks are normal and will appear and disappear between floor boards during seasons of high and low humidity. Flooring experts recommend inspecting the floor from a standing position in normal lighting to identify irregularities.

Finally, keep your wood floors looking their best by properly maintaining them. Use a cleaning product recommended for your floors (ask us), and maintain fluctuations in home relative humidity between 30 and 50 percent to keep them looking beautiful for years to come.