ARTICLES / DANGERS OF ISOCYANATES
March 13th 2015
Effects And Alternatives Of Toxic Polyurethane written by: Dorcus When polyol is reacted with polymeric isocyanate or a diisocynates, along with a relevant additive and catalyst, Polyurethane will be formed. This is a product that is applied on wooden floor, for the sake of enhancing the condition and appearance. Nevertheless, there are various types, which are non toxic polyurethane and toxic polyurethane. There has been a number of problems linked to the toxic polyurethane, mostly posed to the people that live in houses that have the substance applied.
Effects Of Toxic Polyurethane
The products have a number of negative effects that are posed by this chemical, which can adversely affect the health of a person. Here are some of the negative effects;
• Respiratory Problems. There are some types of polyurethane that contain isocynates, which is also referred to as respiratory toxin, a product that affects the respiratory system. These products can lead to conditions like asthma, headaches, short breathing, coughing or vomiting.
• Also, some types are too strong, in terms of the odor. One type of the strong polyurethane is the oil-based polyurethane, which is glossy on the floor, but very strong in smell.
• There can also be some cases of irritation of the throat and eyes, which can be as a result of the strong smell of the polyurethane applied.
The Solutions For Toxic Polyurethane
Inasmuch as Polyurethane is a good product to use, it can be very uncomfortable to live with. However, the new technology has assisted in solving this. There can be alternatives for the product, such as, using Linseed Oil. This oil is extracted from the flax plant dried seeds. It is also a good option that will help to treat the wood and it is friendly to the environment as well.
Another alternative is using Tung Oil, which is extracted from the seeds of the Tung tree nut. This tree originates from China and the oil will be used a wooden floor finisher. It enhances the wood character and generally, it will boost the wood floor appearance.
Since Polyurethane is a top product in the preservation of wood and a form of boosting the appearance of the floor, the new technology has helped in making non toxic polyurethane. This is done by the elimination of the Isocynates in the products.
• The Green Polyurethane
It is called Green, because it is friendly to the environment and lacks the Isocyanates in it. This is the initial hybrid polyurethane that has been modified to be nontoxic to the environment. It is used to coat wooden floors and also in painting. The product is made with the lack of Isocynates in them, which makes it suitable to use on floors, without worrying about any possible effects. This implies that the product is extremely nontoxic and it also gives top results, compared to the conventional products.
These products have been keenly studied and proven to be safe for use and they will not cause any lethal effects to the home dwellers.
In general, the non toxic polyurethane has helped to make homes safe and elegant at the same time. The elimination of the Isocyanates doesn’t reduce the performance of the product, only that it eliminates the toxic content.
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