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I'm anxious to buy new wood flooring for a remodeling project. I'm seeing flooring w/ aluminum oxide finishes but am having a hard time finding info on if this is harmful to one's health. Are these wood finishes hazardous to your health? Any HONEST information would be greatly appreciated.

Renee Gibson
Home Owner - Eau Claire, WisconsinApril, 2006

"All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison and a remedy." - Parcelus

Aluminum oxide is one of the most prevalent materials in the earth's dirt, which you'll eat a peck of in your lifetime, so it can hardly be called hazardous. But if you breathe high concentrations of dirt, with or without aluminum oxide in it, it will be very bad for you.

I find it almost impossible to believe that this product would be on the market if walking on it released large quantities of aluminum oxide into the air. Where did you hear that it does?

Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey++++++

Renee, if you are doing the installation wear safety gear. Err on the safe side.

Sheldon Taylor
supply chain electronics
Wake Forest, North Carolina


Sure-it's not harmful but what happens when you sand your floors? I'll tell you -our whole family is now sick with respiratory problems and have inhalers and are going for chest x-rays. Do not buy aluminum oxide floors unless you don't plan to live in your house. I'm 31 and after we sanded our floors I can barely walk up a flight of stairs. The companies should have warnings on the boxes. I am looking for a lawyer as I write this. I hope no one else goes through this.

Alex Gortan
- Victoria, BC

The argument that it must be safe because it is for sale is weak. Asbestos was for sale and was touted as a wonder material -fire retardant, strong, it reinforced concrete, it insulated, it dampened noise etc. But then we found out it was very toxic.

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