Bamboo Flooring is Bad for Your Health

The innate tubular structure of bamboo does not lend itself well to flooring planks.  It must be sliced up and glued together to form the rectangular boards that make up a floor, and it is in this gluing process that another of bamboo flooring’s major flaws is introduced.

Because bamboo is native to China, most bamboo flooring is manufactured in China, where there is little to no regulation over manufacturing methods.  Enter formaldehyde, a colorless, pungent gas commonly used in glues to create bamboo flooring planks.  Formaldehyde is known to cause nausea, burning eyes and throat, breathing problems, and fatigue.  In severe cases, it can trigger asthma attacks and cause cancer.

Formaldehyde gas can be released when bamboo flooring is cut or sanded, making bamboo flooring risky to install.  But even after installation, formaldehyde will leak into the air for years.

So, by installing a bamboo floor in your home, you are bringing in a known toxic chemical.  Reactions to formaldehyde vary from person to person, and what might cause one person to become seriously ill might not effect someone else.  You just have to ask yourself, is it worth the risk?

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