09:38AM | 05/24/10
Member Since: 05/23/10
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I rent an apartment and the blinds in my son's room were there when we moved in. They appear to be unfinished plain wood blinds...we've been here for almost a year, but I just noticed yesterday that the blinds have a smell to them at times...almost like maple syrup. It's very odd and I wonder if the smell is more pronounced when it is humid out. At any rate, is this normal for an unpainted wood product? I am concerned because my kids sleep next to the windows. Thanks!


01:47PM | 08/24/11
Member Since: 08/24/11
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Just ran across your question today and I have the answer for you! I'm a contractor and I've installed my fair share of blinds. Depending on your climate natural wood blinds can mold! I've seen this all over the US and Canada. I would suggest getting rid of those especially because they are in you child's bed room. Mold can cause all sorts of respiratory issues especially in children and the elderly.

I suggest using a Faux Wood blinds. Faux wood blinds are basically fake wood that looks real. They are more durable than real wood and more cost effective. Here is were I buy my faux wood blinds for my clients with your problem: Faux Wood Blinds (if you live in Canada) or Faux Wood Blinds for US customer.

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-Nicholas Slettengren


01:46PM | 11/12/11
Member Since: 08/23/11
27 lifetime posts
It is common and normal. But I wouldn't call it unsafe or anything. Have you thought about finishing them?


08:26PM | 12/06/11
Member Since: 10/22/11
25 lifetime posts
I wouldn't be worried about your kids sleeping next to them. They have no harm.


03:56AM | 02/28/14
Member Since: 02/28/14
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Another good site is


03:58AM | 02/28/14
Member Since: 02/28/14
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Here is their faux wood blinds: BlindsMax Faux Wood Blinds


05:48PM | 03/22/14
Hello Use a product called Oder ban
It kills mold !


05:53PM | 03/22/14
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