The Issues with MDF Skirting Boards
Part of the whole doing your own skirting board process is having to cut and shape the skirting board to fit your individual house. MDF is made from many different components that are all heated and pressed together until it forms a board formation. This formation is great until it is time to size and cut. When MDF is cut there are a large amount of dust particles that are released into the environment. This releasing of dust can cause severe lung irritation and allergic reaction in people that are more susceptible to allergens.
The binding agent used in MDF emits organic compounds that have been found to be harmful in large quantities. If not properly treated these organic compounds have been linked with higher instances of nasal cancers and leukemia. Treatment for these MDF skirting boards is easy and can be done at home with little additional cost to the homeowner.
The Safety Precautions
When dealing with the cutting of the MDF skirting board it is important to remember that when cutting materials operators should always do so in a place that is well ventilated atmosphere. It is also important that the atmosphere be a controlled atmosphere in order to minimize the risk of accidents or injuries. Any time an operator is cutting material, especially MDF material, it is essential that they use a respirator. This is to help protect the lungs from damage as well as limit the exposure to harmful allergens.
The binding agent used to bind MDF has been linked to a few health hazards but homeowners can take additional steps to protect themselves. The highest risk period for these chemical compounds to be emitted from the skirting board is for the first few months after the skirting board was manufactured, sized, and cut. This emission can easily be fixed by simply painting the MDF skirting board with a heavy duty paint. It is important to paint all exposed sides of the skirting board to enhance uniformity as well as protect against emission. Waxes and oils can be used for temporarily fixes. These waxes and oils are not near as effective in preventing the releasing of these compounds as painting is. For additional information of safety for other types of skirting board you can visit the following website: skirting-boards.co.uk.
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