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Old 11-26-2009, 09:27 AM   #16
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We just stained and applied polyurethane to bookshelves that we built into our basement. Since we applied the polyurethane, I smell the gas odor, similar to natural gas when ever I use the stove or the dryer. Guess we just need to wait for it to dry.

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Old 12-16-2009, 08:12 PM   #17
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The fumes that are in the air from your stain/varnish/paint - yes, even latex paint are chemically reacting with the heat source - giving the whole NEW charcoal lighter smell.
We just had a technician from MidAmerican Energy here - for the same reason. Years of refinishing wood projects and one day I touch up some trim in the house.... The tech said that the petroleum based substance is the culprit - and he said there have been crazy experiences involving a dog flea dip causing the odor - and even various latext paints.
A bit embarrassing, but better safe than sorry. The tech also said that the NEW odor is TOXIC and air out the room. You may not smell this with a furnace or water heater because those are vented to the outside.

He said the odor will stop once the product has cured, not just dried.
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:01 PM   #18
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Like everyone else, we had new hardwood floors installed and finished in our home. After the coats of polyurethane on the kitchen, dining room and foyer floors, the kerosene smell was prevalent in our dryer, AND our refridgerator/freezer and IT'S STILL THERE. The last coat was applied on 3/15/10 and we can't use our dryer and the food and ice in the freezer have the same strong smell. Is the food in the freezer still good or do we throw it out? How long do we have to wait? Do we need a new refridgerator/freezer and dryer? Tried placing charcoal in the dryer and baking soda in the fridge and freezer. No success yet. Are there no solutions to this problem and if not, why aren't we told of this BEFORE the work begins?
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Like everyone else, we had new hardwood floors installed and finished in our home. After the coats of polyurethane on the kitchen, dining room and foyer floors, the kerosene smell was prevalent in our dryer, AND our refridgerator/freezer and IT'S STILL THERE. The last coat was applied on 3/15/10 and we can't use our dryer and the food and ice in the freezer have the same strong smell. Is the food in the freezer still good or do we throw it out? How long do we have to wait? Do we need a new refridgerator/freezer and dryer? Tried placing charcoal in the dryer and baking soda in the fridge and freezer. No success yet. Are there no solutions to this problem and if not, why aren't we told of this BEFORE the work begins?
I'm late to the party but I also have the same issue, although I'd describe the smell as "hot dryer" and the cause is either stained/varnished woodwork or painted concrete, rather than wood flooring.

My problem is that is has been a number of weeks since any painting, staining or varnishing has been done and the smell is still overpowering when I use the dryer or gas range...the dryer is especially strong. To verify this problem, it was suggested by someone with the gas company that I light some candles to see if the problem existed, without use of the dryer or stove. The problem did exist, but it was not as strong as either the stove or dryer.

It's getting cold here and leaving windows open is not a feasible option. Other than waiting for the problem to subside, does anyone have any other suggestions?

Any help would be greatly appreciated since this has now been going on for more than a month.
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:10 PM   #20
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I know exactly what you're going through. Fortunately, for us we had our floors replaced in the summer. Windows and time were our best friends!!! We put charcoal on a tray in our dryer and our stove. Other than that, time was what all it took. It's the poly-coating on the floors and it just needs time to cure. Sadly, nobody tells you this in the beginning and it's quite a surprise. Took us almost a month!! Good luck!!!

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