How Solvent Floor Coatings Can Affect Your Health and How To Protect Yourself

A few months ago, I decided to have new flooring installed in my home. It was a very stressful and time consuming purchase, I wanted flooring that is a great color, will last decades, and won’t be ruined if my Yorkie has an accident on it. Little did I know, I should have also asked if the flooring I was purchasing had a solvent coating or water coating.

Did you know that “many of the floor coatings that have been used to protect wood floors contain carcinogenic and toxic chemicals that emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the air?” “This comes from a new report by UL Environment, a global independent safety science company. These solvent-based floor coatings have been used in homes, nurseries, workplaces and schools for decades. These VOCs harm indoor air quality for months after application, putting consumers and vulnerable populations such as children and pregnant women at an increased risk for health problems.” This is absolutely terrifying!

This week, Andrew Meyer, CEO of Vermont Natural Coatings and Scott Steady, Production Manager for UL Environment joined me for an interview to discuss how dangerous solvent flooring coatings are. They shared simple ways we can protect ourselves by using water based coatings. They also discussed what you should do if your flooring currently has a solvent coating.

Please listen to the interview below to hear Andrew and Scott share different steps you can take to ensure you and your family are safe. For more information on products (and the UL Study), please visit:





Listen to Candace Rose Anderson interview Andrew Meyer, CEO of Vermont Natural Coatings and Scott Steady, Production Manager for UL Environment on how solvent floor coatings can affect your health, and steps you can take to stay healthy and protect your family.


Sponsor is Vermont Natural Coatings. Candace Rose was not compensated by the sponsor for this interview.

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