What is the duration of the drying time for various types of floor coverings?
The choice of the right floor covering is not only a matter of design, but also of timing. Before you can place furniture and start using the room, you must ensure that the floor is completely load-bearing. The drying time can vary significantly from one floor covering to another, so it is important to understand […]
The choice of the right floor covering is not only a matter of design, but also of timing. Before you can place furniture and start using the room, you must ensure that the floor is completely load-bearing. The drying time can vary significantly from one floor covering to another, so it is important to understand the characteristics of each type of flooring. In this article, we will examine different floor coverings and the length of time it takes for them to dry sufficiently to be used.
Why is the drying time important?
The drying time is crucial for ensuring that the floor covering achieves its optimal strength and stability. Entering or placing furniture too soon can result in damage. Additionally, moisture trapped under the floor covering can lead to the growth of mold. Therefore, it is important to adhere to the drying time of concrete or screed. It is also recommended to verify if the processing company conducts a CM measurement
Parquet floors: Elegance and patience
Parquet floors are renowned for their natural beauty and longevity. The drying time for parquet varies depending on the type of parquet adhesive, the type of wood, and the thickness. Regular parquet adhesives can be walked on after approximately 12 hours. It is generally recommended to wait at least 48 hours before placing furniture on the floor, and so on.
Tile and ceramic floors: durability pays off
Tiles and ceramic floors are popular due to their durability. The tile adhesive becomes available after approximately 24 hours. After sealing the joints, it is recommended to wait for about 24 to 48 hours before the tile floor is ready to be walked on.
Carpets and carpet flooring: Coziness requires time
Carpets and carpet flooring create a comfortable atmosphere in rooms. The drying time depends on the type of carpet adhesive used and the thickness of the carpet. Typically, it takes about 24 to 72 hours for the carpet to fully dry after installation.
Laminate floors: Rapid installation, moderate drying time
Laminate floors are renowned for their easy installation. The drying time typically ranges from 24 to 48 hours. However, it’s important to note that laminate floors are more susceptible to impacts, scratches, and moisture.
Natural stone floors: Timeless beauty, longer drying time
Natural stone floors like marble or granite lend a timeless elegance to rooms. However, due to their density, the drying time can be longer, often ranging between 3 and 7 days.
Variability of drying time for vinyl and linoleum floors
Vinyl and linoleum floors are versatile and easy to clean. The drying time varies depending on the type of product and adhesive used. Typically, it is recommended to wait for approximately 24 to 48 hours. These types of flooring are usually fully loadable after more than 72 hours.
Mineral floors: Patience pays off
Mineral floors with a concrete look or cast-terrazzo floors are gaining popularity, especially in modern interiors, and for good reason! The drying time or the time it takes for the final flooring to be installed may be slightly longer, but the wait is definitely worth it. You can enjoy an aesthetic and timeless one-of-a-kind floor covering.
Tips for accelerating the drying time
Ventilation: Ensure proper air circulation to reduce the drying time.
Dehumidifiers: Use dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity.
Room temperature: It is important to adhere to the temperatures recommended by the manufacturer. Freshly laid mineral floors should be protected from excessive drying, drafts, and direct sunlight. It is advised to turn off underfloor heating systems at least three days prior to installation
Contact a professional: Have the floor covering installed by a professional service provider to avoid early installation and any resulting damage
FAQs about the drying time
Is it possible to reduce the drying time?
Yes, you can shorten the drying time by taking suitable measures such as ensuring good ventilation and maintaining the right room temperature.
Can a drying time that is too short cause problems?
Yes, entering or placing furniture too early can lead to damage.
How can I control the humidity?
Dehumidifiers can help in reducing the humidity level.
Is it possible to expedite the drying process of carpets?
Yes, you can shorten the drying time by using dehumidifiers.
When can I place heavy furniture on newly installed floor coverings?
Jointless floor coverings from IBOD can be walked on after approximately 6 hours and are fully loadable after approximately 7 days