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Old 06-19-2009, 12:59 AM   #1
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Need flooring -- no odor?? (chemical sensitivity)

My mother and I are highly sensitive to chemicals, which includes everything from cleaning products to perfume.

We had a 10 year old carpet that badly needed replacing. We looked into Hardwood flooring, but were worried about the odor that would come along with sealing it/ cleaning it.

So, we got a new carpet a few months ago and have felt horrible with it. We know that carpets have a lot of outgasses, so we need to get rid of it.

Does anyone have any suggestions? The house originally had hardwood flooring, so it is already under the carpet.

But, we are even considering tile because we are so scared about not being able to breathe with the hardwood.

Can anyone who's done hardwood please share your experience? Do you suggest tile at all?


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Old 06-19-2009, 06:53 AM   #2
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Clear out of the house for a few days. Let them come in and sand the hardwood and put a few coats of Bona Traffic on it. This is a commercial grade water based urethane. You shouldn't have nearly the problem with lingering fumes that you have with oil based products. You could also just install laminate over the existing wood. It won't hurt the hardwood underneath and there are no fumes at all to worry about. Ceramic is probably going to cost you a fortune considering you have a tongue and groove floor to deal with as a base.


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sounds to me as if tile would be your best bet, considering your allergies.
however, cork planks might work too?
softer, comfortable and warm in the winter. not too sure what gassing it would do though.

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