Non-Toxic and Non Off-Gassing Bathroom Vanities?

Non-Toxic and Non Off-Gassing Bathroom Vanities?

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Feb 25, 2010

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Q: Are there any manufacturers of non-toxic, non off-gassing bathroom vanities? Are there any non-toxic glues for bathroom tiles?

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Answered by: Susan Davis, Mountain View, CA, Spectrum Fine Homes, Inc.

Before looking at where to get a vanity that doesn't off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOCs), you need to first look at why cabinets off-gas. The culprits are generally the materials used to make the cabinet box and the finish or paint applied to the exposed surfaces.

Cabinet boxes are most commonly made of plywood, MDF (medium-density fiberboard), particle-board or other pressed composite products. The adhesives used in the manufacturing of these sheet-goods often contain urea formaldehyde (UF), which is the VOC most people are concerned about when it comes to off-gassing into your indoor environment. Here are some links to sites that explain why we should be concerned about the formaldehyde levels in our homes:

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