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How to remove particle board smell

Updated February 21, 2017

If you buy a piece of furniture built with particle board, you can take steps to eliminate the smell of resin. Resin, a synthetic compound which contains formaldehyde, binds the engineered wood, allowing the formation of a particle board. Manufacturers of particle board press wood chips, sawdust and sawmill shavings into a board which can serve as a base for furniture making. Particle board costs less to use than wooden boards, but some people have a sensitivity to the formaldehyde odour and need to reduce the amount of formaldehyde that they smell.

Ventilate any room that has items manufactured with particle board. Increase air flow by opening doors and windows. This allows the formaldehyde smells to dissipate. Keep the temperature and humidity in the room at a moderate level, since high temperatures and humidity can exacerbate formaldehyde smells. Consider using an air conditioning unit or dehumidifier to control moisture and temperature.

Cover the particle board with latex-based paints or varnish, wallpaper or floor coverings, such as a carpet on top of a particleboard flooring. These barriers can successfully seal off the resin and protect you and your family from the formaldehyde odours.

Use an odour absorber such as Nano TiO2 Deodorant or Chemspace, which remove existing formaldehyde gas fumes from the air. Some plants have proved successful at reducing fumes of formaldehyde from the air, including chrysanthemums, Boston ferns and dwarf date palms.

Things You'll Need

  • Air conditioner
  • Dehumidifier
  • Latex-based paints
  • Varnish
  • Wallpaper
  • Carpeting
  • Formaldehyde absorber
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Boston ferns
  • Dwarf date palms
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