Question

My husband made me a stained and varnished oak breadbox. Any bread I put in it has a funny taste. How can I fix it?

Asked by Victoria Atkinson
Conway, MO

Provential stain and polyurethane varnish were used on the inside. It has ventilation but continues to make the bread taste funny.

Answer

Bill Bradbury

Answered by Bill Bradbury

Smithfield, UT

Envirocon Home Restoration

April 25, 2010

I am guessing that your hubby has a sander and hopefully he can hook it up to a HEPA vacuum. Sand away the plastic on the surface until you have removed the finish but not the stain, then apply a good quality paste wax and buff with a soft cloth. This will seal the poly from outgassing, but keep the look he originally intended.

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