Why Use Low VOC Products?
Many of us don’t think twice when we use cleaning or refinishing products in our homes. After all, if we’re able to buy them, surely they’re safe to use. Right? Not quite, especially if any of your current products contain high amounts of VOCs.
What are VOCs?
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are found in certain solids and liquids and emitted as gases into the air. They’re made up of chemicals that can have short- and long-term health effects, particularly indoors where concentrations can be nearly 10 times higher. When it comes to woodcare in your home specifically, VOCs can be found in everyday household products like:
- Wood preservatives
- Paint strippers
- Other solvents
- Cleaners and disinfectants
While VOCs are classified as an “organic” chemical, they can become harmful over time. So, what does that mean for you and your home? If you have a hardwood floor that requires cleaning and refinishing, it’s time to consider using low VOC products.
What is a low VOC product?
A low VOC product is exactly how it sounds: It has significantly lower VOCs than traditional products. At WOCA, all of our woodcare products are low in VOCs, making them completely safe to use inside your home. We are also proud to be in compliance with the European Union regulations on VOC levels in coating materials, which were established in 2007.
What are the benefits of using low VOC products?
Low VOC products from WOCA are safe to use around you and your family. That’s because you’re not risking long-term exposure and inhalation of chemicals over a long period of time, resulting in potentially dangerous health issues. Some additional benefits of low VOC products include:
- Lower environmental impact (all of WOCA’s products are plant-based)
- No artificial pigments or preservatives
- Better overall product quality
- No effects on indoor air quality in your home
- Meets or exceeds U.S. and European standards for VOCs
- Certified by independent laboratories