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Food for Thought: Vinyl Floor tiles for homes: Is it safe? Any side-effects (if any?)

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Food for Thought: Vinyl Floor tiles for homes: Is it safe? Any side-effects (if any?)

366595084_SampleofaVinylFloortile.jpg.f9e5e38a7581896bb3b9da4f697d111c.jpgThese are some considerations:

1. This morning, my client was going through the Feng Shui of their new home.

1.1 Their HDB flat's floor tiles are bare. And she confided that she is a scientist. And shared her concerns with me.

1.2 Her husband prefer the whole house (other than the Kitchen and toilets) laid with vinyl tiles.

2. However, she recently did research into plastics and melamine plastic plates, milk bottles and even vinyl tiles.

1693405690_Childrenandvinyltiles.png.98db8256d61f777dc2e1d886f45bc7e9.pngRight: Does not matter if boy or girl...baby or toddler..

3. She said that her daugher is young and will spent many hours on the floor. What they like vinyl is the feel and look of wood. Plus unlike tiles, vinyl does not feel cold to the touch.

4. Her concern is that after laying the vinyl tiles, these tiles will continue to give out chemicals.

399757219_SampleofaVinylFloortile1.jpg.06c10220a4954d0982773bb83f6e5b01.jpg5. She said that if her child was a teenager or adult, she would not feel that worried. But since her child was young. Her child would spent time close to these vinyl tiles.

6. Given that very little research went into this.. not much indepth findings are know of any dangers if any.

7. She was concerned also that plastic milk bottles change chemical composition once anything hot exceeding 60 degrees is poured into these bottles. And that when young, she had her share of this.

8. Anything to take note when installing external blinds or zip-tracks?

8.1. Nowadays, with lots of condos / ECs with balconies, I had also shared my concerns with many clients to be extra careful of installing external blinds or zip tracks.

8.2. As not all brands are created equal.

8.3 The rationale is that many of these unit's external blinds often get bathed by hot sun be it morning sunlight or afternoon.

8.4 And some of these blinds when heated.. can change its chemical signature.. and give out toxic vapours..

9. Do take into consideration, this aspect in your home decoration.

9.1 As mentioned this is uncharted teritory.

9.2 Let the buyer beware!

9.3 A case of "Better safe then sorry?".


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A client of mine which is a well known Private Learning Institution at PoMo (Selegie Road). When they shifted over to PoMo a few years ago, had also installed Vinyl tiles.

The difference is that it is not a home and majority are adults who do not lay onto the floor or play on the floor.

Thus, I believe it depends on the location and facilities. 


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Another client visited a store with various samples of these vinyl tiles.

He told me that he felt unwell after he entered the store. And it affected his eyes and afterwards he had a bad headache. He was turned off and decided to give the vinyl tiles a miss. Even if it was just for the bedrooms. You see he has two lovely twin daughters!


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Did a search on Google: “Vinyl toxic”

Do you know?

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl) is the most toxic plastic or our health and the environment. ... During its life cycle - from production to use to disposal - vinyl releases some of the most toxic chemicals on the planet that have been linked to cancer, birth defects and other serious chronic diseases.

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Imagine, who could have thought that a modern day wall paper may have an issue.

In the past, wall PAPERS are really made with real paper! The only concern is that it should not be painted with lead paint.

I could not imagine that today’s wallpapers may be using petrochemical products...

Thus today, it should instead be call wall decorative sheets or wallCOVERINGS I stead!
yes

Anything man made may have volatile organic compounds.

Saw this ad, touting it is green!

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Frankly, I have never used this. Just that it opens our eyes to all sorts of potential contaminants there are in our environment.


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Another area of concern is Formaldehyde Gas.

This can be found coming from Manufactured woods Such as Plywood, Blockboard, Chipboard, MDF board, etc.

And yes, these are made into carpentry in many areas of the home: living room, dining area, kitchen cabinets & wardrobes...

Symptoms:

Watery eyes, nose and throat irritation, pungent smell, skin irritation, etc.

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Long term exposure to a high level of Formaldehyde gas may mean a greater chance of getting cancer.

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In doubt... ascertain it has a “green rating or label”.

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Not convinced.. go to a reputable supplier or get assistance from a trusted ID or contractor!


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Q: Hi hi if the vinyl flooring is 70% Is it OK?

Reply: Sorry 70% of what

70% vinyl. The rest are residue

Reply: Nothing to do with Feng Shui.

Ok because you say better not have recycled materials. So just checking

Reply: Yes, not Feng Shui. More vinyl toxic or formaldehyde. Nothing to do with Feng Shui.. until fall sick. Then “claim” bad Feng shui. 

Get green label.

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PS. What is meant by the rest is residue? Thinking of the worse case scenario, could include recycled toxic substances like lead etc...

Thus make sure it has a GREEN label! Approved by an appropriate certification body...


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A case of vinyl toxic or formaldehyde poisoning and I am not even a smoker at all!1173182346_vinyltoxic1.thumb.png.99cade641e64a32ed133bc003781f4a9.png

Surprisingly, as many new condos/EC have balconies, some external blinds and zip tracks MAY also give off formaldehyde toxic gas... 

Yes, remember: "GO GREEN!"


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What want to use wall papers in my home. Do I need to take note of anything?

1. Frankly, this has more do to do with common sense.

2. However, if coincidentally, after installing the wall paper(s) family members frequently falll sick.. do we than say that it is bad Feng Shui?

3. It would be nice if the wall paper has one or more of these features:-

3.1 Durable and long lasting
3.2 Prevents peeling
3.3 Easily washible
3.4 Prevents mold and mildew
3.5 Fire retardant
3.6 Anti-bacterial
3.7 No harmful chemicals, VOCS

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