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Wood Stains and Finishes:

wood stains and finishes

What is it?

Stains and finishes are used to change the color of wood. A stain is a pigment dissolved in a solvent.

What's in it?

The solvent can be water or volatile organic chemicals, such as mineral spirits. Read the label for ingredient list and safety precautions.

What health and safety precautions do you need to think about with stains/finishes?

Many of these products contain chemicals that can irritate your skin, eyes, nose and throat when they are being used because of the vapors that are given off. Befor using these products, you need to be sure to always "Read the Label First" to know how to properly use these products and for safety information. If at all possible use the stain or finish outside. If that is not practical, open the windows and doors fully and put a box fan in the window directing the air and fumes out of doors. Keep the fan on while painting and for about 48 hours thereafter. Keep small children away from the room where the stain or finish is being applied and away from the open cans of stain or finish. Do not use stain or finish that is labeled for "exterior use only" indoors. If the room you are painting does not have a window, consider using a water based product.

What do you do if you or someone you're with has an accident with a household product?

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