Still smell an odor 2 weeks after last coat

Q: We had our entire home painted and our hardwood floors refinished three weeks ago. My four year old and my 11 month old and I have been out of the house since the project started. I’m wondering if it is safe for my girls and I to go back home? Continue reading Still smell an odor 2 weeks after last coat

Is smelly polyurethane sealant toxic?

Q: My husband applied a polyurethane sealant around the windows. We have a 16 month old son. I never noticed the smell in his room, but the next morning I noticed it. We had already slept in the house. I stayed the next four nights out of the house with him. However, I continue to smell the polyurethane around the windows and in one room. Continue reading Is smelly polyurethane sealant toxic?

Is lingering stain smell toxic?

Q: Have I made my home toxic? We just bought a home with much of the master bedroom covered in cedar paneling. It looked outdated so I tried to finish the cedar in a gray stain (a water-based wood stain), but it turned bright blue! Continue reading Is lingering stain smell toxic?

Does moisture cure urethane continue to be a health danger AFTER it is completely cured and dried?

Q: My 20 year old parquet floor gets very heavy traffic year round. I will be refinishing it in a week (no color, 3 coats). I need to decide whether to use Moisture Cure Urethane or polyurethane (which I had before, and did not hold up as well as MCU). I’m worried about the health risks of MCU. We will stay out of the house for the entire time of applications, and an additional 4 days. Is that enough? Is there danger of exposure to the toxins in MCU even after that? Continue reading Does moisture cure urethane continue to be a health danger AFTER it is completely cured and dried?

Foam pad toxic; removal dangerous?

Q: We are replacing our laminate in the kitchen. The boards are coming up fine. But between the boards and old vinyl is a silver barrier with a Styrofoam like backing. How do I know if scraping this off the vinyl is releasing any toxins? We have 2 children and two cats. Continue reading Foam pad toxic; removal dangerous?

Polyurethane causing burning in throat?

Q: I have COPD and never use chemicals in my home; no air fresheners, no cleaning products, etc., only essential oils and vinegar. We recently bought a 37 year old home and did a complete renovation (hand scrub of mildew in crawl space and encapsulation, paint inside and out including paint over stained trim, new appliances, etc.) Continue reading Polyurethane causing burning in throat?

Will polyurethane fumes harm my child?

Q: We finished our floors yesterday and this morning, with two coats of polyurethane. It is dry; however, we are sleeping in the house with my 3 year old and I’m starting to freak out that the fumes will harm her. The room we are in has the old flooring. Will she be ok? Please let me know! Continue reading Will polyurethane fumes harm my child?