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How long does it take for oil based wood stain (Minwax) to finish off gasing?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 17, 2012 01:01 AM
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Please help! We just got brand new hardwood floors put in our house (top floor/all bedrooms). I specifically asked for all non toxic products, and asked for Bona floor finish, since it is less toxic and Greenguard certified. After the floors were done I found out that the contractor used Minwax oil based wood stain. After doing some research about it I found mixed answers and I don't know what to do anymore. I wanted a healthy environment for my baby and spend all this money on this project just to find out at the end about this toxic stain that was used underneath the pricey Bona finish. My qustion is do I need to refinish this brand new floor or is it eventually going to off gas? If so, how long does it take and when is it safe to let my baby sleep in his room? Thank you for your help.




 

 

Please help! We just got brand new hardwood floors put in our house (top floor/all bedrooms). I specifically asked for all non toxic products, and asked for Bona floor finish, since it is less toxic and Greenguard certified. After the floors were done I found out that the contractor used Minwax oil based wood stain. After doing some research about it I found mixed answers and I don't know what to do anymore. I wanted a healthy environment for my baby and spend all this money on this project just to find out at the end about this toxic stain that was used underneath the pricey Bona finish. My qustion is do I need to refinish this brand new floor or is it eventually going to off gas? If so, how long does it take and when is it safe to let my baby sleep in his room? Thank you for your help.

Dear Marzena,

Sorry to hear of your situation.

Oil based stains contain solvents which typically outgas for months and sometimes years. The top coat used is water-based but still may contain chemicals...



 

 

 
 
 

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