Before the refinisher arrives, remove furniture, drapery, and rugs from the room; cover the light fixtures and outlets; sweep the area; and move pets to another area of the house. First, the refinisher will cover your baseboards with masking tape to protect them, or, for a fee, remove them altogether. Then we’ll use a drum sander— which looks like a hand-pushed lawn mower—and a handheld edge sander to shave off the floor’s existing coating. From there, we’ll fill any holes with wood putty, resand, stain the surface if you choose, and seal it with however many layers of finish you have specified, resanding after each layer. We will capture the airborne dust as we work with small, vacuumlike collectors attached to the drum sander. Eliminating these particles ensures that they won’t permeate the rest of the house, become trapped between layers of finish, or affect those with respiratory issues. Most jobs will take about three to five days. The level of fumes will be strongest during the drying period, so consider staying away for an additional 48 to 72 hours after the work is completed. The humidity index in your house will impact how quickly your finish will dry. Make sure to give your new floors enough time to fully cure (harden). You should treat your floor with kid gloves and not put down any rugs or furniture for two to four days after the job is done. It’s still slow-drying over that time. You can walk on the floor once it’s dry (times depend on your type of finish), but refrain from wearing high-heeled shoes or letting pets scamper across the floor as that may damage the newly finished surface. Follow these suggestions and your wood floors should provide years of use.