Is vinyl bad for our health?

Every now and then, the press raises the question as to whether PVC — or vinyl — has an effect on people’s health. Quick-Step challenges some common urban myths and explains the real deal. Discover the ABC of PVC.

Is vinyl bad for our health

Alternative plasticisers

In order to make vinyl products flexible, manufacturers use substances called ‘plasticisers’. These plasticisers — phthalates, for instance — which come in many shapes and different kinds have been introduced over several decades. Thanks to careful pre- and post-market control and evaluation, the plasticisers currently used provide safe and high-quality vinyl products. Moreover, some manufactures — like Quick-Step — are currently going through a transition in order to create phthalate-free vinyl floorings in the future.

Baby on board? Safety first!

One of the most persistent urban legends about vinyl involves its effect on the health of infants and children. The substances used for vinyl floorings, however, comply with all the strictest health legislations and requirements. This makes them perfectly safe for your children to walk, crawl and play on.

Compounds confined

True: plasticizers have a tendency to ‘migrate’ and can be emitted into a room. Nowadays, however, vinyl manufactures make sure to reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), keeping them stored inside your vinyl floor. That way, your home interior remains a breath of fresh air at all times.