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i just bought some wicker baskets for organizing my DD's room, and they have this strong odor. i hear that's pretty common for rattan products and that it goes away after awhile, but i'm just worried about what that scent is to begin with. does anybody know? how can i get rid of it? should i return the baskets?
The odor may be coming from the lacquor (spelling?) finish if it's unpainted? Or, if it's painted, it might be the paint.
Also, sometimes wicker, rattan, and similar woody reed products are treated with anti-mold agents. There is a ton of information on the Internet about this.
the baskets are not painted, but they do have some coating on it. what should i put into google to find information about the anti-mold agents? so if i wash the baskets and the odor goes away, should that be good enough? i just can't believe these baskets are marketed for use in kids' and babies' rooms (sold by pottery barn kids).
thanks for the responses!
Hi! I am not sure about your questions. I'm not an expert on this. I just know a little because I had kind of the same problem as you.
Debra Lynn Dadd is a good author who writes about the safety of household products. She wrote the book "Home Safe Home" among her other books.
I also like the book "The Safe Shopper's Bible" which I believe is written by Samuel Epstein and David Steinman.
I also like Annie B. Bond's books on this subject.
I would call Pottery Barn Kids customer service and see if they can tell you anything about the smell or any treatments done to the basket. Good luck!
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