A detached single-family home consists of hundreds of different construction materials in which dangerous pollutants for your health can lurk.
You should protect yourself from this dangerous threat paying attention and choosing only healthy and tested products when renovating or building.
Where are pollutants hiding in your home?
There are so many construction and renovating products with harmful emissions.
They can be hidden everywhere in glue, paint, wallpaper, oils, waxes, lacquers, insulating products, drywall, plywood, doors, windows, and many wood materials.
Lacquers, oils, waxes
For example, lacquers, oils, waxes, and some paints contain harming chemical components such as higher aldehydes, terpenes, and aliphatics.
With the help of lacquers, oils, and waxes you cover and protect wood surfaces, but they can pollute the breathing air in the living space.
So, pay attention to the product seal and the recommended quantity of the order.
What can you do to protect yourself?
After applying the product, ventilate the place for several days and store the treated pieces of furniture somewhere outdoor. In this way the harmful emissions will rapidly decrease.
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Floor coverings – carpet, parquet, laminate
You need chemical products in order to cover your flooring with carpet, parquet, or laminate such as adhesives, sealants, and primers.
These products bring more harmful pollutants into the home interior than the flooring covering itself.
Carpets and rugs themselves are prone to house dust and need to be regularly vacuumed.
Glue and generally the adhesives have chemical components such as isocyanates, solvents, and acetic acid.
However, you can find adhesive products with very low emission of pollutants.
Wall paints and wallpapers
When it comes to painting or wallpapering the walls you need to know that the paints and adhesives, including the primers contain harmful emission chemical components such as formaldehyde, solvents, plasticizers, and glycols.
So, you should ventilate the space in the painting process and after.
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Hard to believe but most of the insulating materials are not too harmful for the indoor air quality.
However, you need caution at the impact with the insulation materials. They contain styrene and formaldehyde. Be careful that no carcinogenic styrene escapes into the home interior.
There are many other toxic products that can affect your health. You can find them:
- in the wood materials (terpenes, aldehydes)
- in doors and windows (volatile solvents and glycols)
- in drywall (higher aldehydes and terpenes)
All of these construction materials and compounds should be emission tested.
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