How Long Does It Take For Water-Based Polyurethane To Dry On Hardwood Floors?

When refinishing your floors with a product of this type, you might as well allocate an entire day for drying time. While the conditions of your environment will affect drying times to a certain extent, you don’t want to risk ruining your work by using the floor too soon.

Always consult the label of your polyurethane product for more specific information, as drying times will vary a lot from one product to the next. In general, though, you can expect to wait 24 hours or more before the coating is fully cured.

Right now, you might be groaning at the prospect of not being able to walk on your floors for the next 24 hours. Luckily for you, things aren’t quite that bad. Most clear-coat products will dry to the touch within 4-6 hours, even though they will not have been cured yet. This means they will be hard enough to touch without ruination, but they will not yet have reached their maximum hardness. Still, I would strongly recommend that you disallow shoes, bare feet, and animal paws on the freshly coated surface.

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