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Sept 17, 2018
What is Non Toxic Flooring & is it Effective?

Sept 11, 2018
Polyurethane Toxic Properties and Their Effects

Aug 22, 2018
Why Choose Low VOC Polyurethane?

Aug 13, 2018
What is Low VOC Paint?

July 23, 2018
What is Eco Friendly Paint and Can It Do The Job?

July 9, 2018
Are Concrete Painted Floors Worth the Investment?

June 20, 2018
Dangers of VOC Paint - Are They Real?

June 11, 2018
What is The Best Non-Toxic Flooring?

June 7, 2018
What is the Best Paint for Concrete Floors?

May 29, 2018
How to Find the Best Garage Floor Coating

May 21, 2018
Is Polyurethane Toxic or Hazzardous To My Health?

May 8, 2018
Are You In Danger from Polyurethane Foam Toxic Substances?

April. 25, 2018
What is the Best Garage Floor Coating?

April. 3, 2018
The Importance of Factory Floor Paint for Your Business

March. 21, 2018
Why Epoxy Floor Paint Works Best for Your Particular Needs

Feb. 5, 2018
Does Your Business Need Non Toxic Commercial Floor Coatings?

Dec. 12, 2017
Learn How to Choose The Best Cement Floor Paint

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Is Polyurethane Safe? Learn Before You Buy!

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Polyurethane Finish Toxic or Toxin-Free

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How to Find the Right Industrial Floor Paint

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Industrial Floor Paint - What is The Best Choice?

Sept. 5, 2017
Non- Toxic Paints - Are They Really Non Toxic?

Aug. 5, 2017
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May. 30, 2017
Non Toxic Spray Foam

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Low VOC Concrete Sealer

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Low VOC Floor Paint

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Why Industrial Floor Paint is Important for Your Business

April. 11, 2017
How Commercial Floor Coating Lowers Expenditures in Your Business

March. 21, 2017
Floor Paints for Concrete - What Really Works?

March. 10, 2017
Polyurethane Foam Toxic?

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What is VOC Free Paint?

Feb. 20, 2017
Non Toxic Flooring Options

Feb. 9, 2017
Best Concrete Floor Paint

Jan. 23, 2017
How to Find the Right Non Toxic Wood Sealer

Jan. 10, 2017
Non Toxic Clear Coat - What is The Best?

Dec. 27, 2016
Best Polyurethane Sealer for Wood

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Is Polyurethane Foam Safe?

Nov. 30, 2016
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Nov. 11, 2016
Concrete Floor Coatings - Why Use Them?

Oct. 25, 2016
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Oct. 19, 2016
Benefits of Exterior Concrete Floor Paint

Oct. 11, 2016
Zero VOC Concrete Stain

Sept. 21, 2016
Warning of Potential Hazards of Polyurethane

Sept. 13, 2016
Safety of Polyurethane

Aug 26, 2016
Advantages of Green Concrete Paint

Aug 9, 2016
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July 12, 2016
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June 23, 2016
Low VOC Paint

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Concrete Floor Finishes

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November 5, 2015
Non Toxic Paint

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September 9, 2015
Non Toxic Polyurethane

August 20, 2015
Industrial Concrete Floor Coatings

August 14, 2015
The Best Concrete Floor Paint

July 27, 2015
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July 21, 2015
Еxterior Concrete Paint

June 29, 2015
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June 15, 2015
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May 29, 2015
Polyurethane Floor Coating

May 26, 2015
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May 1, 2015
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April 22, 2015
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April 15, 2015
Floor Sealers

March 13, 2015
Toxic Polyurethane

March 11, 2015
Non-Toxic Paint Solutions

March 7, 2015
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March 3, 2015
Industrial Floor Coatings - Are They Toxic?

Feb 12, 2015
Dangers of Polyurethane

Jan 9, 2015
Non-toxic Floor Sealers

Nov 11, 2014
Dangers of Isocyanates

March 10, 2014
Industrial Floor Coatings – Is greener better for customers?

Dec 11, 2013
Non toxic Polyurethane – A Good Solution for Industrial Floor Coatings?

July 9, 2013
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June 26, 2013
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May 29, 2013
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Feb 22, 2013
Dangers of Toxic Isocyanates

Jan 8, 2013
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Dec 2, 2012
Industrial Coatings - Is All Polyurethane Toxic?

ARTICLES / DANGERS OF ISOCYANATES

Polyurethane Toxic Properties and Their Effects

9/11/18

Used to enhance the strength, durability, and flexibility of a wide-range of products, polyurethane is one of the most popular substances in use today. Created during World War II as a replacement for rubber, the applications of this substance are considerable, ranging from the creation of foam cushions for bedding, couches, and chairs to floor coatings to protect wood and other materials. Unfortunately, the presence of polyurethane toxic properties has caused a reconsideration in the use of this substance.
When polyurethane is properly manufactured, the chances of being exposed to toxic properties is practically nil. This is because the toxic substances are bonded to the inert material which means that they stay in place. However, if not properly bonded or if exposed to elements that can break the bonds, then polyurethane becomes dangerous.

Potential Health Risks
While it has been widely known that polyurethane contains isocyanates, it was believed that they were only a health threat when the product was being applied or when exposed to considerable heat and fire. Extreme cases of poisoning through exposure of isocyanates, such as the infamous 1984 chemical plant disaster in India cost thousands of lives.

This is why application of polyurethane products, such as floor coating, is performed in a well-ventilated area with those present wearing masks and other protections. This limits exposure and reduces the chances that such products will cause harm. It was believed that when such products dried, the toxins became trapped inside and no longer presented a threat.

However, recent studies have shown that polyurethane products such as floor coatings for example, still release isocyanates into the atmosphere years after the product was fully dried. While the amount that is released is small, over time it can build up inside homes, offices, and facilities to cause a health threat including:

  • Irritation of the eyes, throat, and lungs
  • Nausea, vomiting, and shortness of breath
  • Headaches and more

Those who have respiratory diseases, such as asthma for example, along with children and the elderly are more vulnerable to the effects of the toxins present in polyurethane.

Alternative Products
The good news is that for some products that contain polyurethane, you can choose a green alternative. These provide the strength, durability, and flexibility needed without the toxins, so you can feel safer in your home or work environment. These alternative products often contain polyurethane that has the toxins removed or reduced to the point where they no longer present a threat.
Keep in mind that some alternative products contain polyurethane, but the toxins have been greatly reduced or removed. This reduces the health risk considerably, making it far less likely that you or those who live or work inside will become ill.

By choosing alternatives like Hybrid Coating Technologies that provide the same benefits while avoiding the issues of polyurethane toxic properties, you can make the right choice for your home, office, or facility. Not only will you have a safer indoor air environment, but one that is attractive to potential buyers because of its non-toxic nature.

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