Flooring Options For An Organic Baby Nursery
Because the nursery floor covers such a relatively large surface area, it is becoming widely accepted that any toxins emitted from the baby nursery flooring you choose can have a significant impact on baby's health.
No matter how much you would like to keep things simple, once you know about these things and the effect they can have on your delicate newborn's system, you just cannot ignore them.
Organic Baby Nursery Flooring Step-By-Step:
Nursery Flooring Materials
The consensus among the experts is, that in order to be safe for a newborn, and suitable for an organic baby nursery, your baby nursery flooring should have the following properties:
The following chart illustrates the benefits of each of these materials as an organic baby nursery floor covering. The disadvantages are also listed.
To further avoid hazardous chemical emissions, ensure that your flooring of choice is stained at the factory.
In addition, sealants should be non-toxic. (Natural wax or water-based.)
With the exception of the linseed odor, the disadvantages of these organic baby nursery floorings can be overcome quite easily by using an nursery rug in the baby room. Make sure to use a non-slip natural rubber pad beneath the rug to prevent dangerous wrinkles and sliding.
WoodBecause the baby nursery is a low traffic area, you have a choice of hardwood, softwood or laminate.
If you choose laminate flooring, make sure that it has not had formaldehyde added during the manufacturing process.
CorkAvoid cork-vinyl composites. (Cork with a PVC backing.) Rather choose tiles or sheets with a natural jute backing.
Make sure that the cork has not had formaldehyde added during the manufacturing process.
BambooDue to increasing popularity, bamboo is now widely available across a broad price spectrum.
Make sure that the bamboo has not had formaldehyde added during the manufacturing process. Some bamboo flooring contains glues and binders containing potentially harmful aldehydes. Look for a brand that does not contain these additives.
Natural LinoleumOf the recommended organic baby nursery floorings, linoleum has the highest rate of emissions even though it is manufactured from natural substances. Some people are sensitive to these emissions.
Linoleum also gives off the odor of linseed oil long after installation. Some people find this off-putting.
If you decide to use one of these coverings for your organic baby nursery flooring you can rest assured that your baby will be exposed to only minimal VOC emissions and no dust mites. Which of the alternatives you choose will be a personal choice dependent upon the chosen style of your baby nursery and the decorating style in the rest of your home.
VOC = Volatile Organic Compound
My personal favorite would be cork, as it is cushioned and warm, possessing all the benefits of carpet without the dust mites. Should you decide that you would prefer carpet in your baby room, the next section shows you what you should be looking for.
What to Look for in a New Nursery Carpet
Find out how to keep your new nursery carpet clean and safe here.
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