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Definition: Offgassing

That sharp odor emanating from the paint can not only smells bad, it's also bad for you. Many building materials release chemicals into the air through evaporation, which is called offgassing. Materials such as paints, stains, varnishes, carpet, insulation, flooring, kitchen cabinets and countertops, plywood, particleboard, and paint strippers can produce significant offgassing in your home or office. This evaporation can continue for years after the products are initially installed, which means you continue to breathe these chemicals as you work, sleep, and relax in your home or office.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns about the health effects of poor indoor air quality from the offgassing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). When you're tackling a home renovation project, reduce the potentially dangerous health effects associated with offgassing by using low-VOC finishes and materials.

raptinrainbows raptinrainbows 10 years
i recently painted using benjamin moore's aura paint (low voc, not no voc) and found that while it still had an odor, i definitely avoided the post-painting headache i get with regular voc paint.
ElleJay ElleJay 10 years
i like the smell of fresh paint
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 10 years
They painted the outside of my townhouse a few weeks ago and they used typical paint. It made me so mad. They are lucky that the gasses didn't get inside. I have done research on paints and other materials since before I decided to adopt cats.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 10 years
Ewww, I hate the smell of fresh paint...
vpwhiz vpwhiz 10 years
The vacuum really sucks!
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