Is simulated hardwood that is about 2 years old safe for a chemically sensitive person to live in?

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Is simulated hardwood that is about 2 years old safe for a chemically sensitive person to live in?

Asked by Margaret Lampasi

I am chemically sensitive and considering moving into an apartment with simulated hardwood. I can detect no odor at all from the floor but wonder in general about the safety of it. (it has outgassed for about 2 years). it's not Pergo as far as I know.

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Liberty Phoenix Lord's picture

Hi there,

It is hard to say without knowing the brand and what you are specifically sensitive to.

I would suggest you spend some time in the apartment, maybe about an hour and see if you have any reaction.

Do not ventilate while you are there to make sure that in a closed window/door environment you are not affected.

For more information:

Read "What is truly the healthiest wood floor option, and what are the safest finish products to use?" a Q&A answered by Victoria Schomer.