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Indoor Air Pollution from Pressed Wood Furniture in our offices

Posted on 31/08/2018 10:17

Did you know indoor pollution from wood furniture, dirty corners and contaminated spaces is the number one cause in triggering respiratory allergies like asthma? Indoor air pollution is worse than outdoor air pollution as you are constantly inside breathing in the harmful pollutants. The lack of air circulation and closed premises make matters worse. 

Right from decreasing productivity to constant sick leaves by workers, some of the major problems arising out of nowhere can be attributed to the unhealthy pollutants residing in your office air. But where do these indoor pollutants come from? Pressed wood furniture, unclean carpets, air fresheners, air conditioners, smoking, incense sticks, perfumes all contribute to indoor air pollution. Of these, pressed wood furniture can be a major culprit as it contains a substantial amount of formaldehyde and carbamide (popularly known as urea). These are the chemicals found in the glue that holds furniture pieces together, wax coatings that makes furniture shine, and paint.

Over a long time, these chemicals release off-gas, thereby polluting air. Formaldehyde gas, in particular, is a hazardous carcinogenic pollutant that can pose a serious threat to health if exposed for a long period of time. According to a research, four out of the top ten chemicals released by furnished furniture are hazardous and toxic. Toxic enough to cause lethargy, respiratory ailments, irritability, lack of concentration and decreased productivity.

And no, no amount of dusting, sweeping or air purifiers can help you get rid of these air pollutants released by pressed wood furniture. So, the solution is to get rid of pressed wood furniture? Well, no! We find pressed wood furniture all over offices in form of cabinets, plywood, wall panels, closet shelves, doors, hardwood flooring etc. Since these are an indispensable part of offices, instead of getting rid of them certain steps can be taken to minimize indoor air pollution.

3 practices that can minimize pollution from compressed wood furniture

  1. Sanitize and disinfect the indoors:

    Professional cleaning is not just about brooms and vacuums. Commercial cleaners are trained specifically to clean every nook and corner of the office that is generally missed during regular vacuuming. They have dedicated equipment and eco- friendly chemicals to clean and sanitize the entire premises. You can hire a commercial cleaner for thorough cleaning once or twice every month. If you are on a restricted budget, opt for quarterly cleaning. But it is highly advised to hire one in case you don’t want a significant drop in your workforce’s productivity.
  2. Barrier Coating:

    Prevention is certainly better than cure. Sealants and barrier coatings on pressed wood furniture can significantly reduce formaldehyde gas emissions. Use water-based coatings for best results. However, do remember to maintain proper ventilation till the odor of barrier coating fades away. Encapsulation via sealants can also trigger allergies in some people.
  3. Purchase standardized furniture:

    Always purchase certified furniture that is built in compliance with Housing and Urban Development standards. Standardized furniture has a lower potential of releasing off-gas pollutants

Other related readings: 

Learn more about Carpet, Furniture & Upholstery cleaning services provided by Future cleaning services 

How Dirty Air Vents are making your employees sick.

 

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