Is flaking finish dangerous to one’s health?

Q: I live in a poorly maintained rental apartment and the wood floors have been chipping here and there for quite some time (a few years). I stupidly wasn’t worried early on but recently have been finding tiny flakes of finish (I have no idea what was used…) everywhere. I’m becoming increasingly concerned that I could be breathing this stuff in or otherwise ingesting it, and I’m worried about the possible health effects. Continue reading Is flaking finish dangerous to one’s health?

Hardwood Floor Refinishing While Pregnant, it can be a smelly situation

Q: Hi, I am 6 months pregnant. We just moved into an apartment, the floors of which were varnished two days prior to our move. It has been a week now but the smell is pretty strong. I spoke to my landlord who assured me that it is absolutely safe for me. I am not convinced though. Can you please let me know how much time should pass after the floors are varnished for the place to be habitable? Is hardwood floor refinishing while pregnant safe? Continue reading Hardwood Floor Refinishing While Pregnant, it can be a smelly situation

What is the appropriate amount of time for us to not be in the home (and our cats) because of toxic fumes (from swedish finish)?

Q: We are about to have a hardwood (oak) floor laid, and also (at the same time) another room resurfaced and refinished. Both will use ‘swedish finish’. What is the appropriate amount of time for us to not be in the home (and our cats) because of toxic swedish finish fumes? Continue reading What is the appropriate amount of time for us to not be in the home (and our cats) because of toxic fumes (from swedish finish)?

Headaches, earaches and difficulty sleeping after Swedish finish was applied

Q: Our landlord has applied L***** Swedish floor finish upstairs (we live in the basement). We have had headaches, earaches and difficulty sleeping last week when we came home after 24 hours (when they said it was safe). The smell and headaches continued for 5 days after the first coat. This week they put on the second coat of toxic Swedish finish, and we are staying elsewhere for the first 3 days at great inconvenience. My question is – how toxic is this stuff and how long should we stay away? Continue reading Headaches, earaches and difficulty sleeping after Swedish finish was applied

Floors emit fumes burning nose, eyes, and throat

Q: We installed P**** flooring in our kitchen during the summer (air conditioning weather) and had no problem with fumes. When it came time to turn the heat on, the floor began to emit fumes burning nose, eyes, and throat; causing headache and dizziness for me. I must keep 2 windows open at all times. How long will these hardwood floor fumes last and is it possible to do anything to stop this odour? Continue reading Floors emit fumes burning nose, eyes, and throat