19. Is there a smell associated with hardwood stain and finish? Unfortunately, there are smells associated with hardwood finishes and stains. There is not a way around that, and it is part of the process. Some people are more effected by the smells that others, so please be aware of this. Opening of windows, and circulating fresh air helps, but there will always be a smell associated with the finishes and stains. The smell will go away in time. It is not permanent. It will go away. Most people find in 1-3 days that it doesn't bother them or they don’t notice it as much. But everybody reacts to the smells differently. During the actual finishing of hardwood floors, pets and animals, i.e. cats, dogs, fish, etc. need to be gone, and sometimes plants can even react adversely to the finish as well. The finish can kill them. We are not trying to be dramatic but that really is the case. When it doubt, take them out of the house. If you are overly sensitive to things like this please discuss it with us.....You might need to stay out of the house longer, or take further precautions. Each person is different, and we cannot be held responsible to any allergic reactions to hardwood stain and finishes.