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Potential for mold in reclaimed hardwood floors?

Discussion in 'Addressing Biotoxin, Chemical & Food Sensitivities' started by Ema, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. Ema

    Ema Senior Member

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    *GG* Senior Member

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    I would think if it is shellacked before install would be alright?

    GG
     
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    minkeygirl But I Look So Good.

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    Is there some way to heat treat it? Ask Bob Vila!

    Shellac could have awful off gassing. I don't know.
     
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    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    Could you find out the history of the wood you were interested in?
     
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    I don't think ALL reclaimed barn wood would be mold exposed and contaminated. There might be some that is perfectly fine.

    But I would be careful with it. I've stayed in cabins with reclaimed wood beams and floors and the problematic spots for me were the spots where the wood was black in color, indicating previous water damage, I guess.

    If I were going to try to use reclaimed wood, I would have to order it and put it in an enclosed room and then spend some time sitting in there with it to see if it bothered me.

    And I would watch it like a hawk after it was installed to make sure it wasn't exposed to water and starting to decay. At least it would be visible, unlike wood that is used inside walls.

    Best wishes with your project!
     
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    At $15/sf, it would be an awfully expensive mistake to make. I love the look and the fact that it's a sustainable product but I think I might be better off with a standard oak with a non VOC oil stain.
     
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    I am going to call the company Monday and see if they have any info just for the sake of curiosity.
     
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