Building material stores contain all the materials that are necessary when renovating rooms in the home (laminates, linoleum, wallpaper, etc.). There are some types of materials that can be harmful because they contain harmful toxic substances. The air in the rooms of our home is probably 3 to 4 times more polluted than on the street and outside. The concentration of substances (ethyl alcohol, gasoline, acetone, phenol or propyl benzene) is 10 times higher than in the outdoor space.
- Polystyrene (ceiling coverings made of polystyrene and thermal insulation material are toxic) – is a harmful substance that releases harmful styrene into the air for a long time.
- Sealants containing a foaming reagent also pose a health hazard. They differ in smell. A pungent odor is a sign of toxicity.
- Varnishes and paints – should be used for interior work. Part of the solvent is absorbed into the wall paint material. Then it evaporates in the air for the next six months. That is why the concentration of harmful substances in our homes is 3-4 times higher than the allowed norm.
- Glue for gluing tiles and linoleum is harmful because it contains solvents in its composition. Therefore, it is better to use water-dispersive adhesives that are not harmful to health.
- Instead of linoleum, install parquet in the rooms. When buying parquet, let profitability not be the only criterion for your purchase. Cheap parquet board is not harmful, but it is glued on the side with resin and covered with a special glue. This glue can release carcinogenic substances at the slightest disruption of production technology.
- Use natural carpets instead of synthetic carpets, although cleaning natural carpets is more complicated. Thanks to new technologies, modern synthetic carpets do not contain toxins, but if there are too many of them in the home, they will still disturb the atmosphere.
- Ceilings are best painted because lime is the best air permeable. Washable and water-dispersive ceiling paints are also environmentally friendly and suitable for people. Suspended ceilings are not recommended to keep in the kitchen (where they absorb all odors) or in
a bathroom where the humidity is constantly increased. Nor in the bedroom where they constantly worsen air exchange. Suspended ceilings for hallways and living rooms are not prohibited.
- Only paper wallpaper on the walls can guarantee that the walls “breathe”. Paper wallpapers independently regulate the humidity in the home. When choosing modern embossed wallpaper, choose wallpaper with a paper backing. Vinyl wallpaper also doesn’t breathe best under a layer of paint. If you stick vinyl wallpaper all over the house, then the concentration of formaldehyde will exceed the allowed norm. Wallpapers with gold relief can prove dangerous due to the untested colors used for their production.
- The ideal atmosphere in the home is created by walls lined with natural wood. Panel materials (such as plywood) contain glue, so they pollute the air with formaldehyde.
- Furniture made of panel materials (plywood) is also not the best choice for the home because the glue (formaldehyde) contained in the furniture pollutes the air in the home.