How Long Does it Take for Furniture to Off Gas
If you are concerned about toxic exposures in your home and indoor air pollution, take a look at your furniture as a major source of toxic chemical emissions.
Where in the past furniture was made from natural materials such as wood and natural fiber fabrics, today's furniture is made with manufactured wood products held together with resins and glues and painted with plastics, and synthetic fabrics coated with high-performance finishes that resist stains and retard fires.
Your furniture may be functional and look lovely in the room, but if your furniture is made from modern materials, most likely it is releasing invisible toxic gasses into the air than can build up to high concentrations and affect your health.
TOXIC CHEMICALS OUTGASSING FROM UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE
wood furniture off gassingIn upholstered furniture, the main problem materials are synthetic upholstery fabrics, polyurethane foam, stain- and water-resistant finishes, and fire retardants. Of these, the most toxic are fire retardants.
In 2015, a new California law went into effect that allows companies to sell upholstered furniture without fire retardants if they meet certain flammability requirements.