Tuesday, January 22, 2013

What's that Smell?



Um yeah! That's what our weekend consisted of.

So we built a desk/bookshelf for our bedroom this weekend. Jon had a large desk in there and there was no storage attached to it and it was just big and gaudy. It was meant to be a corner desk, but we had it in the middle of the wall, so it stuck out on the edges too and took up far more space than it should have. So we set out to build some storage bookshelves and add a desk to it too.

Then Jon went to go stain it. He stained it inside, in our bedroom. The smell was pretty horrid, but we figured it would fade away (it has, by the way). However, I turned on the dryer to, obviously, dry our clothes and we smelled this gas smell. Like Kerosene. It was coming from the laundry room, we thought the dryer was going...


We did some googling and sure enough, if you stain or paint inside the house and then run your dryer or other electric item, it WILL smell like kerosene. The fumes hit the heating element and put off that smell.
The smell can last weeks AND it will make your clothes smell like gas too. ICK

So word to the wise, DON'T STAIN INSIDE YOUR HOME!

10 comments:


Anastasia said...

I just had to comment! It depends on what you are using to stain. My husband was staining this weekend too! We used TimberSoy and it has NO SMELL, none, no harsh chemicals. That was a top priority for us with two little ones in the house and the staining was being done in their room. We bought it online, home improvement stores don't sell it unfortunately. We loves it, would never use a stinky chemical product again :)


Heather M said...

Thanks for the tip! It's not done, but I told him this summer we'll stain it OUTSIDE!


Lena B said...

Eek - really good to know - I have enough of natural smells in the house - don't want any extras


Staci @ 7 on a Shoestring said...

Wow! Good to know. I had never heard of that and must keep it in mind for the future.


Parent Palace said...

I never knew that. My grandmother used to heat with a kerosene heater and that smell was horrid and lasted forever. I hated going there in the winter.


Being Tazim said...

Oh the smell of stain seems to linger for days. . .always gives me a bad headache! With an apartment, the only place to stain is inside. :)


Emily said...

No kidding! I had no idea that would happen. I'm thinking about restaining our stairs, I'll have to remember NOT to do it on laundry day.

Thanks for the tip.


Heather M said...

Luckily the gas smell on our clothes has faded. If you open the dryer it smells like gas, but the smell is no longer on the items. And our furnace was smelling like kerosene for a while there.
It seems to be fading now and it's only been a week. I only do laundry on the weekend too except for diapers. So it hasn't been through too many loads before the smell is almost gone! So YAY!!


Lindsey said...

I had no idea it would put off that type of smell - good to know. I can't stand to hardly do any type of painting inside and definitely not staining!


Erica Giles said...

Oh man, smells like that make me feel so sick. I hope it goes away soon!