I have a big problem with its smell and I believe it is due to the formaldehyde in the plywood and glue. I've been trying to air it out by opening all the drawers and windows, but it's been 8 month, and although it probably is a little better, it still smells strongly if windows are closed overnight. The worst part is, I get a bad sour throat if I sleep in the room. My wife is pregnant so I am being very cautious, we've been sleeping in a different room since we purchased the furniture.
The smell is mostly coming from the drawers, which have uncoated plywood boards, and a little bit from the veneers, probably from the glue. This is consistent with the information I can find on formaldehyde. It's kind of a warm paint like smell.
I called the company and explained the problem, but it doesn't look like they are willing to take it back. I want to know if someone can suggest a better way for me to handle this. I can:
1) Take my loss and throw out the furniture. It's $3k, but I don't want to risk my life or my unborn child's health with it. (We gonna need that master bedroom when the kid is born). But 3K is a lot of money. I'd rather not go this route if other options are better.
2) Take a less loss and sell it on craigslist. Used furniture unfortunately does not sell much, and I don't know if I'll be able to sell it if at all.
3) Find some companies to come out and test the level of formaldehyde in the air or in the product. If I leave the windows and door closed overnight, the room definitely smells. If I have some kind of proof that the product is a health hazard, then the company may take it back. If the product is indeed not safe, I don't want others to be buy it either.
What company does these type of testing? I called the manufacturer of the furniture, but they claim they follow all standards and smell should go away after 2 to 3 days, yeah right! I recall a while ago a lady called some company to test the mercury level in the room after she broke a florescent light... Is this the same type of company? Who did the testing in the lead level in toys? The manufacturers right?
4) Does the government offer any help in dealing with these type of product safety issues? Who should I contact?
The product is made in China. We all heard about the lead paint on toys. My gut feeling is the factories that made these plywoods in China does not follow the US standards on how much off gasing the plywoods can have (for indoor use). What's the best way to get this tested one way or the other? If I have to spend some money to test this (say $100 or $200, I have no idea how much these things cost) I don't mind, but if it cost $1000, then probably not.
Thanks in advance.