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Removing Odors From New Furniture

New furniture often is delivered to your home complete with its own array of odors, coming from the chemicals used in the manufacture of the furniture and upholstery materials. This is a guide about removing odors from new furniture.

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May 31, 2012 Flag
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White vainty with black sink top.The unit is 6 months old from Harvey Norman. I think it is melamine. It has a terrible chemical type smell. I have washed it and put perfumed things in drawers, but nothing helps.

By Carol H. from Sydney

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June 1, 20120 found this helpful

Just a thought, but are you sure it is the vanity and not a smell coming out of the walls or the water pipes? If you think it might be the pipes, talk with a plumber. If you have something dead inside the walls that could be it, also.

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June 1, 20120 found this helpful

I would talk with the people you bought it from and maybe they can suggest something to kill that smell of the melamine without harming it. What about a box of Baking Soda? I figured if it keeps the smells out of the fridge why not your cabinet, can't hurt to give that idea a try course it might take a few days but see what happens. Good Luck!

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June 1, 20120 found this helpful

Try talking with the place you bought it from they might have an idea or maybe you can try some Baking Soda, I figure if it works in the fridge why not your cabinet, put a box underneath and on top of the cabinet and see what happens after about a week, can't hurt to try it.

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November 10, 2009 Flag
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I bought a kid's bedroom 10 days ago, when they installed it, and before cleaning it, I started smelling a very bad smell. It didn't smell like lacquer or chemical toxic smell. We contacted the company and they said no one else complained. Is there any solution to remove the smell? I can't put the kids inside I am afraid of toxic damage. Thank you.

By Zeina from Lebanon

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November 10, 20090 found this helpful

I don't know if your situation is the same as mine, but back in February we purchased a new couch and recliner. I got the worst headache and sinus problems after that. I think I was probably having a reaction to the furniture (sometimes I get headaches and sneeze when shopping for clothes -- probably the dyes and sizing on them). It lasted for a good 2-3 weeks. Eventually I got better.

If you can, leave some windows open to help air your the new furniture. I don't remember ours having a "bad" smell. Just new furniture smell. Best of luck!

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November 10, 20090 found this helpful

Many new products exude the lacquers & chemicals & glues, etc. used in their manufacture. I would try to air out the furniture as much as possible - even leaving it out in a garage or similar area, until the gases are totally gone (with the smell). That's one advantage of old wooden furniture - no chemicals!

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November 13, 20090 found this helpful

I would insist they take it back. Doesn't matter if no one else complained - you are! It could be toxic, especially if made in China! As the other posts indicated they had reactions to some type of toxic element. I would not take chances and insist on them taking it back!

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November 13, 20090 found this helpful

Oh, that's the glue that they are using and also the materials that they are making the furniture with. Make sure you stand strong on this and make them take it back. All this composite material that they make some of the furniture with are toxic.

Did you hear about the people who are in those FEMA trailers in Louisiana and how they are all getting sick from the fumes from the walls that were made in China? Don't expose your kids like you already said you won't their lives are way too important.

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April 14, 2009 Flag
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I have lived now for a year and a half in our new custom built home. Everything is new, but for the last few months I have been smelling a mildew smell in the bedroom. We have pin pointed it to the Cherry wood of the dresser and headboard of the bed. The furniture store laughed me off since we have had it for over a year now. Any suggestions on why the wood would start to smell or could this become a health issue? I am not sure where to go with this. Thanks.

By Eyeris_angel from Hanover, PA

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April 17, 20090 found this helpful

Not everything is necessarily a stores fault. Could have happened at the time the trees were felled, during manufacturing, moving, storage or even your own bedroom might be closed up too tight/not enough ventilation. Here's a link that should be helpful to remove the odor/mold:

http://www.ehow.com/how_2002474_remove-mold-wood.html

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April 17, 20090 found this helpful

Have you heard about the Chinese drywall in Florida? Could be the furniture was made with something not too healthy. Have it checked out.

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November 8, 20090 found this helpful

I've got the very same thing going on right now. I purchased a new dining room table at a clearance furniture outlet in April. Now 6 months later, I've been smelling mildew in my dining room and have finally tracked it to the table (the last thing I thought to check!). I can't return it because the sale was final. The table is not finished on the underside so I'm going to try flipping the table and spraying the underside with lysol or some anti fungal agent. I've never heard of anything like this happening before. If anyone has any suggestions that wouldn't involve refinishing the table or taking it outside as I live in a condo, I'd love to hear them.

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