No, really. We did. That was fun.
We have a 14-year-old chocolate lab who peed on our carpet like it was her job. I know she couldn’t help it, but still — gross! So, we knew we needed to replace our floor before the babies arrive. I wanted to put down wood laminate and I picked something out from an unnamed source and bought it.
My dad and Erick worked really hard installing it in the nursery. All of this was happening as I was in really bad shape with my health problems.
After it was done, it looked beautiful. But…it had a really strong odor. REALLY strong. Noxious fumes strong. Not new smell. I like new. I gave it some time, but it didn’t get any better. I started becoming concerned. When I would walk in the room, my eyes would burn. That’s so beyond normal.
So, after noticing the product was made in China, I became really concerned. I started doing research and learned that it’s possible that some flooring from China can have illegal levels of formaldehyde. By the way, in case you didn’t know, pretty much all building materials have miniscule amounts of formaldehyde.
So, I agonized over this information not knowing what to do. Obviously any further installation was halted. And, then we decided to rip up the floor as we could not take a chance with that being in the nursery. At some point, I wondered if was I being crazy? Then, I would walk in the room and be knocked over by the fumes and know we were doing the right thing.
So, we lost a bunch of time, a bunch of hard work, a bunch of money and I experienced a lot of heartache over it, during a time that was extremely stressful for me anyway. I was dealing with anxiety at the time already and I can assure you that this sent me over the edge. 🙁
After it was removed, it took two weeks for the smell to go away! We had to open the windows, run fans, put charcoal in the room and mop the subfloor with bleach.
Eventually, the company was gracious and willing to work with us and refunded our money, thank goodness. (They reached out to me because I had written disparaging information about them online in several places.) And, I think I got lucky. Unfortunately, I have no advice to you in this regard.
I felt like an idiot for having bought this flooring. But, who would have thought to ask, “So, is this product chock full of formaldehyde that will make me feel sick?”
We have since bought flooring from Pergo. Flooring from the good old US of A. North Carolina, in fact. I’m happy to report that it doesn’t smell at all and it’s even prettier. For anyone looking for good flooring, I highly recommend Pergo. You can even order online and it ships for free. (UPDATED: Two years later and the floor is amazing. We have a large dog and have no scratches! Dogs scratch regular hardwoods, so this is great. I chose Pergo because the kennel where Kali stays has it and I couldn’t believe how good it looked with so many dogs in and out.)
I have never been one that wants to buy anything made in China, but neither have I checked everything I buy. You better believe that I will now.
P.S. I can NOT disclose where I bought the flooring from or the manufacturer as part of my settlement agreement to have my money refunded. Just be smart about what you buy and from where.