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Is Laminate Flooring Toxic?

Dear Bob and Betsy,
I’m pregnant and am trying to prepare my home for my new baby. One thing I worry about is the toxicity in the flooring since she will crawl and play on the floors for years to come. Is laminate flooring toxic? Should I be worried if I install this kind of flooring?
– Lindsey D.

Dear Lindsey,

Congratulations on your bundle of joy! It makes sense that you want to install only the safest materials in your home.

Flooring in general has gotten quite a bit of publicity about its level of toxicity. Parents recently found that carpet can contain toxins in the glue and padding. It is also known for being bad on allergy sufferers because chemicals, dust, and mites get stuck in the fibers.

Laminate flooring provides a healthy, non-toxic alternative. Here’s why you won’t have to worry about installing non-toxic laminate flooring in your home.

No Glue Installation.

Laminate floors are installed without using toxic glue or chemicals. That means that the toxins found in other types of flooring are not present in laminate floors.

Natural Production.

Pergo and other laminate flooring manufacturers use a specialized manufacturing system that eliminates the need for harsh chemicals. By compressing wood and paper with low-toxic resins or organic inks, only natural materials are used to create your floors. All materials are reclaimable, PVC-free, and healthy for your baby to crawl, roam, and explore on.

Chemical Free Cleaning

Your laminate flooring can be cleaned without the need for harsh chemicals. Simply wash your floors with a damp cloth. Then, dry them using a dry microfiber cloth. If you have a tough spill that you need to clean up, combine equal parts vinegar and water and clean using that solution. It’s more natural and better for your floors as well as your baby.

We don’t want you to worry about your floors when you welcome your baby into the world. With non-toxic laminate flooring, you won’t have to. If you have any questions about a specific brand or manufacturer, contact us and we’ll give you all the information you need before you buy.

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  1. We are considering purchasing laminate flooring from Lowe’s (the Allen & Roth line of products) for our bedroom. Are these Chinese-made? Do they have glue as as requirement for installation? I need to know how healthy/unhealthy this product would be as I am asthmatic. Presently, we have carpeting. Any advice or feedback would be appreciated.

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Darlene, thanks for your question! We know this is an important topic for many customers. Allen & Roth is an exclusive brand to Lowes, so we do not know where the origin would be. You could ask Lowe’s and they should be able to provide you with that information. This flooring should not need a glue adhesive to be installed. Most laminates are an easy click-lock installation. All laminates should be passing a CARB 2 compliance when it comes to air quality. You can learn more about it here: If you have any additional questions, please let us know! Thanks, Alana.]

  2. ric and Pua Peek

    We recently installed a budget laminate flooring. Since my wife’s asthma has been severely acting up as well as her psychological episodes are more recurent. Which are both symptoms of phermaldahyde poisoning.
    . What brand names are being recalled and what class action suits are involved?

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