A proper floor looks good and does not have an odour

 

Customers are increasingly curious about the chemicals used in products, which is an extremely good thing, since it means that people care about their own health and the health of others.

The price is usually the most significant factor when people renovate and decorate their home, i.e., most people want to get a lot for the smallest possible price. Adhering to this principle often leads to compromising, and the quality of the product may be just the thing that has to be compromised on. When it comes to interior decoration materials and products, attention should be paid to the chemicals used in their production. What makes this difficult is that only a few manufacturers provide more than basic information, such as the brand, colour code, and material, on their products.

Many people recognise a new product by its characteristic odour. If a product emits an odour for a long time, it can be a sign of strong volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

The use of low-emission products in interior decoration materials has not been overly emphasised, even though they have a clear effect on indoor air quality. An odourless interior improves the quality of life. When a new wooden floor is installed, it is desirable for the residents to be able to sleep peacefully and breathe freely in their home as soon as possible after the installation. In other words, a good high-quality floor looks good and does not have an odour. In order to produce products that are as clean and odourless as possible, the manufacturer must make careful raw material choices. For instance, no formaldehyde, adhesives, or varnish can be used.

The locking tongue and groove flooring is here to stay – it is quick and easy to install. No adhesives are needed, which also contributes to the fact that the floor does not smell of adhesives after installation. A new floor can smell of various chemicals, and it can emit the odour for several weeks or even months. Paying attention to the emissions of interior decoration materials often results in better material quality and the opportunity to affect the indoor air quality of one’s own living environment.

Idiopathic environmental intolerance, which also encompasses multiple chemical sensitivity, is a fairly new syndrome. Every third Finn is intolerant of a variety of scents and smells, some of which may originate from different products and their emissions and smells. Paying attention to product quality, does, therefore, affect your entire well-being. If a company does not inform its customers of product emissions and provide information on the used chemicals, the customer can always choose the products of another company. Labels that denote low-emission products include, e.g., the M1 label of the Finnish Building Information Foundation (RTS) and the Allergy Label of the Finnish Allergy, Skin and Asthma Federation.

Be careful when making choices,

Niki

Niki Alanko
Manager, Communication Services
Allergy, Skin and Asthma Federation

niki.alanko@allergia.fi


Twitter: @ala_niki

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