12:36PM | 12/10/01
Member Since: 12/09/01
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New hardwood floors smell..I bought them
at home depot ...with finish. Described as
oak natural . The odour is nauseating especially now that I am pregnant.

Does anyone know what compound is causing this smell?

Would this OdourMute product that I read about at this site help...or will it wreck the finish.



03:08PM | 12/10/01
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
If this floor had an odor when you purchased it, Why install it?

Some times you can get oak lumber that when cut has an odor like sewer gas, but it usually goes away rather quickly.
Has the floor gotten wet? Leaky dishwasher, etc.?
How long has it been installed?
The odor may not be the floor. If you have had windows open and closed them for the winter it may be other things in the house.

There are posts on the other board also.

[This message has been edited by DH (edited December 10, 2001).]


05:17AM | 12/11/01
Member Since: 12/10/01
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There was no odour when the floors were originally installed Feb 2001. It is not a sewer gas like smell.

I believe the actual smell is that of tannic acid a byproduct of oak. I actually began to smell this odour in the summer. And now in my new state, I am more sensitive to it.

I will do some research on this compound and go from there. Also we did not clean our vents so it is happily circulating our home. That is our next step.

Thank you for your assistance,

[This message has been edited by LuciaS (edited December 11, 2001).]

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