Are All Vinyl Floors the Same?
With the increasing popularity of vinyl flooring, consumers are concerned with the chemical composition that goes into their flooring. A search on the Internet reveals the concern that customers have with their indoor floor air quality. This leads to the growth of chemical testing for the vinyl floor. Below are three chemicals you should take note of:
- Total Volatile Organic Compound (VOC)
The use of phthalate is prevalent in our daily life products such as liquid soaps, hair sprays and medical devices. It is used to make plasticiser to enhance the flexibility and durability of end products. This means that in our daily life, we are exposed to some level of phthalate. Most consumers are concerned with vinyl flooring due to the possible higher concentration of phthalates, especially for the indoor environment. Studies have shown that exposure to phthalates that are bonded to the suspended particles can potentially increase the likelihood of asthma.
Formaldehyde is a colourless chemical yet it can be strong smelling. It is often used in building materials and to produce our household products. Formaldehyde is commonly used in fiberboard and adhesive products. Its concentration in the air is usually less than 0.03 parts of formaldehyde per million parts of air (ppm). At higher concentration of 0.1 ppm, some of us might experience irritation to nose and throat.
VOCs are gases that are emitted from solids or liquids and contain a diverse variety of chemicals with potential short and long-term effects to our health. For resilient flooring (vinyl), VOC test is often a pre-requisite to ensure that the floor does not emit a high level of pollutants. These pollutants can cause eye and nose irritation. In the worst situation, it can result in damage to the central nervous system.
So what should I look out for when purchasing vinyl floor?
Most green certifications such as the Singapore Green Label and Singapore Green Building Product will require the manufacturer to supply evidence and test reports to ensure that emission standards or chemicals used in the construction of vinyl floor are non-toxic and safe for daily use. Now that you have the knowledge, it is timely to include them into your checklist when searching for the vinyl floor.
The FLOORS Emporium (TFE) - 地板英宝良 focuses on making quality eco-friendly flooring affordable to all. We seek to assist you in shaping your dream home with a durable flooring system that you can enjoy for years to come. We pride ourselves in providing only highly skilled craftsmen for the installation of floors, decks and walls. You can trust us for a quality check before the delivery of goods and after-care services for maintenance. Our appreciation for style, design and sustainability motivates us in our constant pursuit of technologically advanced flooring systems to provide a hassle-free flooring solution. As a leading vinyl flooring provider, we offer one of the largest range of vinyl products to suit diverse applications in areas such as the kitchen, bathroom and even in restaurants. TFE’s solutions are ideal for both residential and commercial applications. By having a wide selection of indoors and outdoor flooring coupled with comprehensive customised floor solutions, you will enjoy an unparalleled customer service support from the very moment you engaged our service.
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