When can I use a surface after counter refinishing?

June 28, 2022

Counter resurfacing is an excellent way to revitalize your property, whether it is for making over your property to resell it or simply rejuvenating your living space. Refinishing is a fast, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly alternative to replacing the counters entirely. However, you may be wondering how long you have to wait to use your counter after completion. Here is everything you need to know:

Light vs. normal use

After countertop refinishing, when you can start using your countertop depends on how you want to use it.

To keep track of things, we recommend resurfacing one set of countertops and room, like your bathroom or kitchen, per day and maintaining a record for larger projects. Typically, we divide this into two categories: light and normal use. Here’s everything you need to know about both.

Light use

After refinishing your counter, wait for at least 24 hours to start using it lightly. Always ask what the contractor recommends. The length you should wait depends on the product they use.

Some product cure times require waiting 12 hours before light use, while others require waiting for 48. We recommend letting it cure 72 days before using the surface to be safe. Light use generally entails minimal use and avoiding:

  • Putting heavy items on it.
  • Scraping items across it.
  • Using harsh cleaning products and supplies like chemicals or scrubs.
  • Putting hot appliances and pans directly on it.
  • Cutting, chopping, or slicing ingredients directly on it.

Normal use

It usually takes approximately 30 days for a countertop finish to cure after resurfacing.

To avoid any damage or issues, we recommend easing your way into use and being gentler the first few weeks. While you will likely be able to exceed light use in two days, avoid setting heavy or hot objects that could leave impressions, like crock-pots or other items with feet.

To gauge your counter's progress and what it can withstand, test its scratch and heat resistance lightly during the first 30 days but no earlier than the first week and a half.

Tips while waiting for your surface to cure

Within the first month, being careful is imperative to ensure your counter-resurfacing efforts are not in vain. Here are some helpful tips for mitigating damage while waiting that first month:

  • Always use hot pads or trivets when placing hot pots or pans on the countertop surface.
  • Clean spills immediately, especially if they are acidic.
  • Lightly wipe grains and granules off the countertop immediately.
  • Use cutting boards to slice all meats and vegetables.
  • Use surface protectors for spoons, spatulas, and other cooking utensils.
  • Do not use harsh cleaning products.


Counters often last between five and seven years after refinishing. Maximizing their lifespan requires maintaining good practices like always using a cutting board and hot pads.

If you accidentally damage your refinished countertop, many companies will return to spot repair that section. We also advise always choosing a company that provides a warranty for their work in case you encounter significant longevity issues.

Call now to learn more about our resurfacing services

Counter refinishing will make you fall in love with your home all over again and make prospective buyers feel like it is love at first sight. Countertop resurfacing is affordable, sustainable, and streamlined compared to more costly and extensive replacements. For premier refinishing services in Dallas Fort Worth, Wichita Falls, or Decatur, Texas, at New Finish Tub and Counter, we are an unparalleled solution. We bring color samples, offer free advice, and guarantee a fast turnaround and cost-effective services. Get started by speaking to an expert.

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