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Jungle 05-09-2013 08:32 AM

Bamboo flooring still stinks
I got this stuff from Loews,

I've been airing out 5 boxes in the porch or 4 days with a fan and it still smells. I'm not sure what the smell is? They claim to have only .03% formaldehyde? It smells pungent but also like burnt grass? Is strandwoven bamboo suppose to smell like this? Do you think it will dissipate soon or should i just return it?

Austin 05-09-2013 09:41 AM

I used to be a funeral director. Formaldehyde burns the nostrils.

Is it lacquered?

Jungle 05-09-2013 10:59 AM

It's aluminum oxide. Nice stuff, woven, looks like this

nealtw 05-09-2013 11:37 AM

EPA rules changed Jan, 2013, you may have old stock.

Jungle 05-10-2013 10:10 AM

What do you think about cutting aluminium oxide and formaldehyde?
I have a good mask n95 from lowes too.

nealtw 05-10-2013 11:50 AM

Have you stored it in the room that you will install it?
I don't think you will be exposed to much in a one install as a homeowner. If this was your everyday job it might be something to worry about. Where the mask.

inspectorD 05-11-2013 05:22 AM


Originally Posted by Austin (Post 86842)
I used to be a funeral director. Formaldehyde burns the nostrils.

Is it lacquered?

Wait..what? Is this from that time you stayed at the Holiday inn?

You can have the piece tested, just contact your local area health dept.

Austin 05-16-2013 07:23 AM

Nope I grew up in it. Did it for a year. Wasn't a fan of the late nights.

Jungle 05-16-2013 11:20 AM

Well i return the lot, that was a waste of time. They had some new cafe bamboo by usfloor at lowes, so i check it out. It didn't stink! So i guess Neal was right it was a bad batch.
I got some cork, you can smell formaldehyde on it too. But it gasses off quick, i put a fan too it.

nealtw 05-16-2013 02:55 PM

It wants to sit in the room for a few days before you use it. You do want to solve any leveling problems before you install it. I'm referring to the other thread.

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