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Off Gassing in a New Studio Build
Old 10th September 2019
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Off Gassing in a New Studio Build

Hey guys!

I just finished building my studio in Nashville, and it was done professionally with giant fiberglass bass traps covered by fabric walls (the whole nine yards). It's really awesome to work in, but does have a powerful odor from the construction process (even after deep cleaning). Does anyone have experience breaking in a new construction with lots of smelly building products and their volatile organic compounds (particularly formaldehyde in OC703 and paint)? I know it takes time for everything to off gass, but I am debating "Baking Out" the building (turning up the heat/letting the hot Nashville weather speed up the off gassing process)...the concern being causing wear to some of the gear with the temperature.

Any wisdom would be appreciated! Thanks
Old 10th September 2019
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You don't need heat: just ventilate the room very well, with the highest possible air flow you can manage going through the room, day and night, for several days. Depending on how bad it is, and what products were used, it might need more than several days....

- Stuart -
Old 10th September 2019
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An air scrubber with a carbon filtration might also work. I think formaldehyde filtration might be different, never looked into it.
Old 12th September 2019
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It may be worth it to try activated bamboo charcoal air purifier bags. I haven't used them specifically in regards to construction/building odors (yet), but they have worked wonders for removing/neutralizing odors in every application I've tried them with so far! Plus they are long-lasting and reusable. You can get quite a few bags as a package on Amazon for a quite reasonable price.
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