Odor is one of the main complaints about Allure flooring. Sometimes the Allure flooring smell fades on its own within days or weeks after installation. But what if you still sense it months after the flooring was installed? And anyway, what causes this odor and is it safe for us? Is there a way to get rid of it? Let’s learn more about Allure flooring odor.
What Causes Odor in Allure Flooring and Vinyl Products in General?
To understand what causes the synthetic scent in Allure flooring and other types of vinyl floors, we need to know the components of vinyl flooring. I searched and could not find a list of components for Allure, so I had to settle for common lists of ingredients for vinyl floors and products. The components of vinyl floors most often include: PVC (PolyVinyl Chloride made from petroleum), plasticizers (solvents), pigments, trace stabilizers, as well as felt, paper, or limestone filler. High-gloss vinyl sheets also have polyurethane used for the coating. Some products also have a layer of glue.
A few of the synthetic materials listed above have smell. For example, PVC smells. PVC (PolyVinyl Chloride) is a plastic widely used for toys, imitation leather, shower curtains, flooring and whatnot. The largest amounts of dangerous substances (and the worst smell) are released during the production process. Plasticizers are yet another offender – they are a culprit behind the “new car smell”. Polyurethane materials also tend to create persistent smell. As you can see, there are at least a few possible offenders.
Products such as Allure flooring meet the requirements and standards in toxic emissions, and thus are considered safe. Yet, they can release some emissions during their lifecycle, plus the odor. There are people that believe that vinyl may have some health impacts and choose to use alternatives.
Will the Odor Go Away?
Generally, the Allure flooring smell will dissipate soon after the product is taken out of its packaging, where the substances become trapped. However, if you install the product over radiant heat, it will keep producing odor. This is one reason why Allure shouldn’t be installed over radiant heat. Also, if you don’t open the windows in the room where it’s installed, the smell may linger for a while.
What Can Be Done about the Smell?
The best thing you can do with a vinyl product like Allure is to leave it out to air. Usually it’s enough to leave the boxes out for a day or two. If you can still smell the odor coming from the boxes, consider leaving them out for longer. The process will go faster in the sun. Once the product is installed, try to keep the windows open in the room for a few days. Washing the floors with soap and water several times in the course of a few weeks will also help.
Anyone with sensitive noses should think twice before installing vinyl flooring in their home, especially bedroom or any other area where you spend a lot of time. Same advice goes to people with asthma. If you are looking for alternatives to vinyl floors, note that even hardwoods with a polyurethane coating can makes sensitive people sick or cause migraines in them. However, if you are not too sensitive to odors, Allure flooring smell shouldn’t be a problem.