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Old 06-09-2010, 02:27 PM   #1
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Furniture off gassing

I bought a brand new bunk bed (made in Vietnam) for my son's room last week and it is literally making me sick! As soon as the delivery person opened the boxes that contained the bed I developed a terrible headache and my throat got sore. Looking back I should not have let him assemble the bed because now it is too big to remove from the room. I have never had this problem before with any other new furniture I have purchased in the past. The only other time I have had a problem was with a memory foam mattress topper that I kept in the garage for about a week for the smell to dissipate. I spoke with the store owner and he recommended giving the furniture more time to air out but I just want it out of my house. Has any one else experienced this problem with new furniture? The owner said I will have to pay a 33% restocking fee if I return it. I don't feel I should have to pay that because of the fumes. Any advice from the healthboards community will be appreciated.

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Re: Furniture off gassing

We recently bought a dishwasher and for about two MONTHS every time we ran it, it gave off these noxious fumes that made me feel ill. The smell has now gone away, but it was awful.

 
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Old 06-10-2010, 01:01 AM   #3
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Re: Furniture off gassing

Yes, this happens to me also. I learned to buy floor models or have them store the furniture in their warehouse out of the boxes/plastic so it can out-gas. Furniture stores have been very accommodating--you just need to ask.

Can you put the bed in a garage for 2-6 months?

 
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... I have never had this problem before with any other new furniture I have purchased in the past.
It's the luck of the draw. There are literally thousands of different chemicals in this world. Manufacturers do not test any of their products, or chemicals they use, to determine the possibility of causing health problems.

Formaldehyde is one of the biggies. Many have health problems linked to Formaldehyde, which is in many commercial products.

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The only other time I have had a problem was with a memory foam mattress topper that I kept in the garage for about a week for the smell to dissipate.
I left a brand new expensive leather recliner out in our Florida Room for four years, but could never sit in it without getting sick. We finally had to get rid of it.

We have a washing machine which I keep enclosed in a tarp. We open the tarp to do the wash, and then seal it again. The slightest opening/leak in the tarp, and I get deathly ill.

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I spoke with the store owner and he recommended giving the furniture more time to air out but I just want it out of my house. Has any one else experienced this problem with new furniture?
I've got to be extremely careful with anything that I bring into our home, either old or new. Buts.... especially new. I can't begin to count up the number of items that I have purchased which I've had to either throw out, or return, because I could not have them in my home, or use them personally.

This is especially true about new furniture because the manufacturers are turning towards using newly developed chemicals and newly developed substances, such as microfibers and nano-technology.

Best of luck and health to you and your family. I hope that you get this issued resolved without losing any money, or further health problems.
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Re: Furniture off gassing

I have had the same problem with a piece of furniture. We had to leave the windows to that room open night-and-day for a long time, and I just wonder what it's done (and is still doing) to our health.

If I have a baby, will he or she be toxified by this crap? Will we all get cancer someday?

Can't believe it's legal, but many dangerous chemicals are perfectly legal.

 
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I have had the same problem with a piece of furniture. We had to leave the windows to that room open night-and-day for a long time, and I just wonder what it's done (and is still doing) to our health.
Unfortunately there are more questions than answers, when it comes to Environmental/Immune System health issues.

I have learned to keep my old furniture, clothes, electronics etc. as long as possible. It seems like, prior to my extreme environmental sensitivities, some things (not all things) to which my body/Immune System had adapted, are OK and don't bother me.

I have tried outgassing things for years, without success. But, at other times, I have found that things that have a less severe reaction, over time, might not bother me at all in the future.

Everything has a different, confusing rule. It is maddening!!!

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If I have a baby, will he or she be toxified by this crap? Will we all get cancer someday?
I have fought against Environmental Illness for decades, and I am closing on on age 70, and have not experienced any increases in illnesses, or cancers, during that entire time. But, at the same time, I live in a pseudo bubble where I don't allow these toxic products into my home or environment.

You will just have to be on the lookout to see if your future baby has any environmental or unexplained reactions.

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Can't believe it's legal, but many dangerous chemicals are perfectly legal.
It's been this way for decades. Chemical companies are turning out newly fabricated chemicals, plastics, materials, etc., every day and retail companies are putting these new products into their retail products without any thought of health effects on the general public.

I hope that your Environmental health problems are few and easily controlled, and wish you the best of luck and health!

Take care.........
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:29 PM   #7
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I had the bed returned to the store. I will be out some money but the health of my family is more important. I might buy a floor model bed or something made out of metal. I will definitely be more careful next time I purchase furniture.

 
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I purchased a brand new furniture set for my four year old in Oct of 2009. After leaving his bedroom window open daily for 10 months, it is still off-gassing. I have had the two representatives from the retailer and one representative from the manufacturer come to my house in the last six months and they all agree that they can't smell anything (and they're in the furniture business). They suggested that I resell the furniture. Thank you very much!!!
Some friends have suggested putting cat litter and baking soda in the room/drawers since these products absorb odors. Has anyone heard of doing that? I'm going to try it.

 
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... I have had the two representatives from the retailer and one representative from the manufacturer come to my house in the last six months and they all agree that they can't smell anything (and they're in the furniture business).
Most doctors and health specialists don't have a clue about environmental illnesses and off-gassing. I would imagine that manufacturers know even less about the dangerous health risks from the off-gassing of chemicals in furniture, clothes, appliances, etc.

The odor is an effect of the gases penetrating one's nostrils. Even if you attempt to cover up the smell, so that your nose Olfactory Nerves can't distinguish the old off-gassing odors from the new odors, the off-gases are still there. The same harmful chemical gases are there whether you can smell them or not. Your sense of smell has NOTHING to do with whether or not off-gases effect your health.

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Some friends have suggested putting cat litter and baking soda in the room/drawers since these products absorb odors. Has anyone heard of doing that? I'm going to try it.
Good luck with trying to cover-up the smell of the harmful chemical gases from the furniture. Unless the kitty litter or baking soda can neutralize the chemicals (NOT) and also disable any harmful effects from those chemical off-gases, all that the kitty litter will do is give your pet a new place to poop!

Sorry that you are having these difficulties. I have been fighting off-gassing for DECADES and it is very frustrating. The only solution that I have found is avoidance. And..... the sooner the better!
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:45 PM   #10
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I believe doctors may not care to know much about off gasses but I'm sure furniture manufacturers know more than they let on.

I are also considering an air purifier to clean the air with a VOC filter. Has anyone tried installing one? Would that make a difference? This isn't masking the release of gasses but rather, cleaning the air. Any thoughts?

 
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There is something called a "bake out". I learned this from a professional Indoor Air Quality consultant. Close off the room where the offending furniture is. Get the heat up in that room to 85-90 anyway you can (easier in summer weather). You can use portable heaters. The heat will accelerate off-gassing. Several times/day for 3d or more open windows and use fan to air room out well. Then close window and so on... This really works. Just make sure the room is shut off well from the rest of the house. We did this with a polyurethane floor and actually left the house for several days. Worth a try.

Also, when ordering items (blinds), be sure to let them know you are chemically sensitive and you expect the product to be completely cured.

 
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