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Has a 10 year old couch made with polyurethane completely off gassed all toxic material and is safe to use?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:12 AM
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Do you have any suggestions other than getting rid of the furniture?



Hi Willie,

After ten years it is likely that most if not all of your sofa's toxic fumes may have evaporated. The best thing to do (if your budget allows) would be to:

  • repurpose the frame, and
  • replace the foam with a natural alternative (like soy based foam and organic cotton batting).

I've written some articles about things like this and you might find my blog useful.

I hope that helps!


For more information:

Read Mary Cordaro's Q&A "Do BFRs (brominated flame retardants) offgas or persist in upholstery? Would they be in the stuffing of a sofa, or in the fabric cover?"

Read Kati Curtis's Q&A "I am looking for fabric to reupholster a couch. Is 100% cotton as durable as synthetic fabrics?"



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