This Hardwood Flooring Cleans the Air

By Bill Esler | Posted: 06/09/2013 1:26PM


Bill Esler The World Floor Covering Association says hardwood flooring with new types of coatings can actually clean the air.

Reversing concerns about off-gassing from flooring finishes or engineered flooring, this wood flooring is given a surface treatment that works with sunlight and artificial lighting sources to break down emissions and VOCs, and deodorizes the air, says WFCA, which represents flooring suppliers in hardwood, laminate, engineered panel, as well as carpeting, tile and stone.  

It is based on nanoparticles that interact with sunlight and trigger a chemical reaction that eliminates certain air pollutants.

WFCA flooring association It is reckoned that the reduction in atmospheric pollution could be 90 percent of nitrogen oxides, 80 percent of hydrocarbons and 75 percent of carbon monoxides emitted. These coatings were developed in the Ecofotomat project in which the L'Urederra R+D Centre in Spain and the construction company Obras y Servicios TEX S.L. have participated together with the Public University in Navarre.

As the researcher Javier Goicoechea explains, the coatings, “Have special nanoparticles with a photocatalytic effect; the nanoparticles interact with the light, thus triggering a series of chemical reactions that clean the air and break down the dirt.”



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Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at or follow him on Google+.

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Jason  |  June, 11, 2013 at 07:06 AM

I never would of guessed there was a floor that could clean the air. Interesting. Thanks!

Georgia  |  June, 11, 2013 at 09:14 AM

It is unclear what the nano particles do. Do they break down dirt? Or do they break down HCs, NOS, and CO? I doubt they do both...


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