Today was the last day of our floor refinishing. Tomorrow we move the furniture back into our space. Tonight we are allowed back in the upper level to sleep.
However, I’m on the back deck by myself. The house still smells really bad (to me), so I remain outside on the back deck until the fumes dissipate to a level I can stand. I’ve been slowly getting sick over these toxic fumes.
The floor refinishing started last Friday with sanding down the floors. We were staying in the basement for the whole renovation, so Friday was loud but not smelly.
On Saturday they put down the stain. It was an oil based stain and it smelled very strong and BAD. The smell got better as more time went on, but I didn’t sleep at all on Saturday night.
Sunday was a good day. No workers, no stain, no polyurethane.
Monday was the first day of polyurethane. They put it down by 9:30 a.m. and as long as we stayed out of the house (basement) we were okay. We went to my daughter’s house for dinner and stayed until 9:30 p.m. By the time we got back to the house, there was very little smell.
Tuesday – another coat of polyurethane went on. They didn’t get it down until 1:30 p.m. so it wasn’t until 11:00 p.m. before the smell went away. I have a very sensitive nose, so when I say the smell went away, what I really mean is that it was bearable.
Which brings us to tonight. The LAST coat of polyurethane went on the floors at 11:30 a.m. this morning. The first level still smells BAD and it’s now 9:00 p.m. The top level smells worse than the basement, so I may have to stay there again tonight.
I should have planned this out better. I should have done this earlier in the summer and planned a week-long vacation while the floors were being taken care of. Hindsight is 20/20, right?
We have a lot of work to do over the next couple of days. There is a lot of dusting and cleaning to do before we can bring our stuff back into the space.
I didn’t think this would be a pleasant experience, but it was worse than I had expected.
I’m tired and nauseous.
Hopefully these toxic fumes will completely dissipate soon.
In the meantime, I’ll sit on my back deck and dream about soft fluffy carpets….why did I want hardwoods again???