Toxic Floors Can Kill

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toxic floors can kill
More than 50 percent of flooring sold today can cause serious illness.

You are suffering from aches and pains everywhere. You may feel dizziness and fatigue or have horrible headaches. You visit your doctor and she uses words like fatigue and chronic headache to describe your condition. The pains you experience are explained as “That’s what happens when you get old.” You need to know that floors that can kill because they contain dangerous chemicals.

Floors can kill because they are toxic

Whether your house is old or new, it’s quite likely that your floors contain chemicals that are poison. These materials have no odor and no taste. But they can be just as deadly as serious disease. The can destroy your immune system and cause cancer too. There are several solutions but the main goal is to cleanse the air in your home to eliminate these toxins. The sooner you do this, the more quickly you’ll protect yourself.

Toxic flooring is sold by most large home improvement stores and flooring stores. It’s durable, inexpensive and sometimes looks just like real wood. Unlike real wood, the resins, glues and varnishes used in its manufacture contain chemicals that can destroy your health. Toxic molecules enter the air in your home. When you inhale these chemicals they can cause cellular damage.


What are these chemicals?

A recent study indicates the widespread use of toxic chemicals in home products. Hexachlorobenzene was initially used to eliminate fungus in seed grain. Later it was used in the manufacture of vinyl and glue. Today it is a common component of popular flooring found in new homes. Old home remodelers find it an attractive and economical flooring solution.

Molecules of Hexachlorobenzene are found in vinyl flooring. They easily break down into poisons including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and hydrochloric acid. These can infiltrate every corner of your home.

Hexachlorobenzene can cause hyperparathyroidism, osteosclerosis, immune system disorders, cancer and liver or renal disease. Symptoms are nausea, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, hair loss and memory loss.

How to avoid becoming seriously ill?

  • Move Away – Of course you can move but often that’s not easily done. Moving doesn’t guarantee that you won’t encounter the same problems elsewhere.
  • Removal – Rip up vinyl flooring and replace with natural flooring like wood, cork and bamboo.
  • Air PurificationGas-phase air cleaners can eliminate dangerous toxins from the air in your home. Robust ventilation provided by permanent air fans can also help to keep air clean.
  • Surface sealants – Applying sealants to the surfaces of vinyl flooring can prevent toxic gas from escaping into your home.

Will you recover from illness caused by toxic flooring?

Eliminating most of the toxic emissions caused by vinyl flooring is likely to make you much healthier. But if you were exposed for prolonged periods of time, you may have permanent health problems.


Toxic floors can kill and they are more common than ever before. Popular vinyl floors, can cause hyperparathyroidism, immune system disorders, liver and renal disease and cancer. Symptoms are nausea, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, hair loss and memory loss.

Make sure to keep the air in your home clean. Also tell your doctor about toxic vinyl flooring so that she can let her patients know that aches, pains and fatigue are not necessarily something we must live with.



Author: herkimerblog

This blog is my perspective on dwelling in our small village nestled among beautiful forests, farms and open landscapes. Educated in Israel and the US, I have an MS in Computer Science. My viewpoint has been shaped by world travel, friends and benefactors both strangers and people I know. Linda Kaidan