What's that smell?
October 14, 2008 4:15 PM Subscribe
My apartment started smelling really bad two days ago. Like some kind of solvent or glue, a chemical smell, strong enough to give me a headache. Could the wood floors that were refinished a few months ago be causing it?
posted by hapticactionnetwork to Home & Garden (5 answers total)
So here's what I have to go on:
I asked the downstairs neighbors (our only neighbors) if they were doing anything that might produce that smell, or if they smelled anything unusual in their apartment. They said no.
It doesn't smell outside, particularly.
The smell started about two days ago, at roughly the same time that our air conditioner broke. We live in texas, it's still (sort of) hot during the day. Before that the apartment smelled fine.
Our floors were redone a couple months ago. My roommate thinks this is where the smell is coming from, and I tend to agree. Our landlord, when I called him about it, said that was ridiculous and that the whatever (polyurethane?) dries after 24 hours and couldn't be producing the smell.
Could it be the floors? Two months after they were redone? Could the broken air conditioner (what?) be producing a weird solventy smell? I wish I could post a sample of the smell to the internet for you.
If it is (or could be) the floors, is there anything we can do about it?