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Hi,
We bought a high quality laminated pressed board desk and bookshelf two years ago. I heard about pressed board offgassing formaldehyde for years. They were quite expensive so I don't want to sell it if I don't need to. If the furniture is laminated, will it still offgas? So any kind of manufactured wood will offgas? Even solid wood furnitures have pressed boards in parts (like dresser drawers).
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Even solid wood furnitures have pressed boards in parts (like dresser drawers).
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my solid wood dresser that i just bought has no pressed board parts a all. I got it at a place called naked furniture
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Just found this on the web. http://www.montana.edu/wwwcxair/formald.htm

Formaldehyde cannot penetrate plastic laminate and is at least partly blocked by coatings. Although special formaldehyde sealants are available, varnishes (polyurethane and nitrocellulose) are also effective in this regard (two coats are preferred). Coatings should be applied to all exposed edges and surfaces (for example, the underside of countertops, and cabinet interiors and drawers).

Can I assume my furniture is safe then?
What about my kitchen cabinets? The doors are all laminated but the shelves are not.
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