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Will I still be exposed to the harmful effects of PVC (phthalates) if I cover my vinyl floors with ceramic tile?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 13, 2012 01:01 AM
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I have two small children and am especially concerned about their exposure to the phthalates released by PVC. I currently have vinyl flooring in my kitchen and bathroom and would like to replace it. However, we have come to discover that we have multiple layers of flooring beneath our top layer and the bottom layers contain asbestos. Ultimately we would like to remove the vinyl from our house completely but now must deal with professional asbestos abatement in order to do so. If we were to merely cover our top layer of vinyl with ceramic tile, would we be protecting our children from the harmful effects of the PVC or will we still be at risk?




 

 

I have two small children and am especially concerned about their exposure to the phthalates released by PVC. I currently have vinyl flooring in my kitchen and bathroom and would like to replace it. However, we have come to discover that we have multiple layers of flooring beneath our top layer and the bottom layers contain asbestos. Ultimately we would like to remove the vinyl from our house completely but now must deal with professional asbestos abatement in order to do so. If we were to merely cover our top layer of vinyl with ceramic tile, would we be protecting our children from the harmful effects of the PVC or will we still be at risk?

Sandra,

Because phthalates are not chemically bound to PVC, they can be ingested through food and drink contact and toys children put in their mouths. Also skin absorption from wall and...



 

 

 
 
 

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