Formaldehyde regulation in bamboo floors

Written by Bamboo FAQ

High quality bamboo flooring also means that this type of flooring has to make sure that it adheres to safety standards and limits. So you’re probably thinking to yourself right about now how and why safety standards are a relevant issue when it comes to bamboo flooring. Is it the type of thickness or strength that we’re talking about here? As a matter of fact, it isn’t. What we’re talking about is the fact that bamboo floors, or at least their manufacturers sometimes use formaldehyde as a component of their adhesive. The problem with this is that the type of formaldehyde that they use is actually considered as a volatile organic compound, or VOC. This puts people that are inside a room with bamboo flooring at risk by inhaling fumes and particles emitted by the resin used in the bamboo flooring that contains formaldehyde. However, this occurs after a number of years when the bamboo flooring has been installed.

As a potential buyer of bamboo flooring, it would be a good idea for you to check how the flooring was produced. Because formaldehyde actually isn’t an indispensable component in the production of bamboo flooring. Although using formaldehyde would make the process easier, it does not mean that it is impossible to be done without it. So there you have it, if you’re worried about formaldehyde and its health risks, then buy bamboo flooring that does not use formaldehyde. All you need to do is ask the store attendant on which ones are formaldehyde-free.


Bamboo Flooring Facts is the place to visit if you want to know more about bamboo flooring. They also have a great listing of bamboo flooring suppliers too.