Be careful with poison floors

Choose carefully, don't bring poisonous floors into your home.

There are many reports on the issue of formaldehyde and plasticizers in the floor. Therefore, how to choose the floor to protect the health of the family is an important issue of family environmental protection.

Vinyl flooring:

A survey of the vinyl flooring last year by the non-profit Ecology Center found that commercially available vinyl flooring contains many of the toxic chemicals Phthalates (PAEs). PAEs are a class of plasticizers, some of which have been banned in children's products since 2009 because they can cause asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, liver, kidney, and blood problems in children. PAEs were detected in 38 (58%) of 65 vinyl floor tiles sampled at home improvement stores such as Lowe's, Lumber Liquidators, Ace Hardware,, Menards, etc. . No PAEs were detected on the surfaces of vinyl floor tiles from Armstrong and Designer's Image.

Home Depot, a major home retailer, has committed to phasing out phthalate-containing floors by the end of 2015. Lin Mubao responded that it would coordinate with suppliers to use alternative products, but the deadline was undetermined.

Laminate flooring:

In the composition of laminate floors, 20% are synthetic materials and adhesives, and 80% are wood and paper. Generally, several layers of wood confetti mixture are centered, the top is the resin decorative layer, and the bottom is the waterproof layer. These layers of material are pressed at high temperature together with a large amount of glue. Formaldehyde, a carcinogenic and teratogenic component, is generally detected in glue. The WHO recommends that the maximum formaldehyde release should not exceed 0.042ppm, but the formaldehyde release from laminate flooring may exceed 0.1ppm. For example, last year, several Linmubao in California were kicked out and the formaldehyde content of Chinese-made laminate flooring exceeded California standards.

It is worth reminding that the floor glue used when installing the floor may also release formaldehyde. Therefore, even if it is an all-natural wooden floor, if it is not laid with nails, but the floor glue with too high formaldehyde content is used, there are hidden dangers.

Engineered wood flooring:

Compared with a solid wood board, it is less likely to be deformed by humidity and temperature changes, and it is more durable due to the multi-layer board.

Like laminate flooring, it is also a composite floor, but unlike the former, it is produced by pressing wood pulp in that it is made of multiple layers of solid wood and plywood. However, due to the same need for a large amount of adhesive, there is also the problem of excessive organic volatile compounds (VOC) such as formaldehyde.

How to avoid poisonous floors?

To avoid toxic floors is to try to choose products with low or zero formaldehyde and PAEs content. There are some green certification marks for reference. For example, the floor certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) will bear the "FSC Wood" mark, and the carpet and glue products certified by the Carpet Industry Association (CRI) will bear the "Green Label" or "Green Label". Green Label Plus" mark, the latter is based on the former to further restrict the standards for products affecting indoor air quality. Environmental certification "FloorScore" is also a reference standard, and vinyl floors certified by it will not cause indoor air pollution that is harmful to humans.

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