Against our wishes, our decorator has stained our pine floorboards with a high-VOC wood dye. Help!

Asked by Kate
Holtsville, NY

I have a young baby and a partner with asthma already, so if the floor will continue to offgas the high VOCs once it's finished, should I resand? We are  currently staying out of the flat and can continue to do so if we need to.


Answered by Liberty Phoenix Lord

Gainesville, FL


June 10, 2011

Hi there, Kate,

First of all, I am so sorry. I applaud you for staying out of the home; it is obvious that you really know your stuff!

  1. My first question would be, what brand/product was used?
  2. Secondly, i would suggest not sanding it, but covering it with AFM Safecoat's Hard Seal. This product is made specifically for this type of situation and will seal in existing offgassing on the floorboards.

When you mention high VOCs, I wonder if you would be willing to read an article called "The ABCs about VOCs" that gives the facts of VOCs.

  • Unfortunately the term "low-VOC" has become one of the most-used greenwashing terms in the history of Green.
  • After you read this article, you will have a better understanding of what to look for.

If you choose to pull the floorboards out and sand them, please do so outside the home.

I would recommend AFM Safecoat's Durostain to re-stain with.


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