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Are Harmful VOC’s Lurking in Your House?


skull-1426813_960_720VOC exposure on an individual level can be difficult to control, and fortunately, you probably don’t have to worry too much about getting sick from exposure if you don’t work with VOCs every day. However, if you feel like it’s important to do your small part in limiting the amount of VOCs that come into your home and get spread into the surrounding environment,

1) If possible, avoid using products containing VOCs. This is not always going to be possible, but there are more and more products coming into the market that are VOC-free. Opt for those whenever they are available.

2) Take the right precautions when using products containing VOCs. Proper ventilation is face-mask-98640_960_720number one on the list. For example, if you are painting your home’s interior, open the windows so that VOC fumes don’t accumulate indoors. Crack the bathroom window open if you’re painting your nails or removing nail polish. When using household cleaners, use the least amount that is needed to do the job effectively. Wear a mask while painting or working with other VOCs, particularly if you must be exposed for more than a few minutes.

3) Get to know the names of the types of VOC’s you are likely to run into when purchasing household products. Here’s partial list of some of the most common ones:


* Formaldehyde (yes, the same stuff they use to pickle biological specimens for preservation)

* Acetone

* Ethanol

* Carbon Disulfide

* Butanal

* Terpenes

* Toluene

* Dichlorobenzene

* Benzene

4) Opt for products with labels that say “No VOC’s” or “VOC-free.” If the label doesn’t say, check the list of ingredients to see if any of the above chemicals appear.

Why Does Tailored Living Care About VOC’s?


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PremierOne Elements flooring in “Copper”

Tailored Living is committed to doing its part for both the environment and for its customers. When it comes to VOC’s, we don’t want them in our products. Because VOC’s are commonly found in floor coatings (something Tailored Living works with frequently), we made sure they didn’t go into any of our exclusive, proprietary-blend garage floor coatings. Tailored Living’s PremierOne® Floor Coatings are VOC-free and create a permanent chemical bond with concrete floors. This super-strong bond means you won’t have to worry about your floor peeling. Not only that, but it will protect and preserve your concrete, which will increase its life span.


One of the best things about our PremierOne® Floor Coatings is that they’re not just aesthetically beautiful; they’re also practical. They won’t chip or fade, and they are ultra-stain resistant. In fact, the glossy finish repels stains and spills of all kinds, including the things you commonly keep in the garage, like gasoline, motor oil and cleaning fluids. Spills wipe up easily with a dry cloth, and the sealed barrier will not allow liquids of any kind (including water tracked in by tires) to penetrate to the concrete below.

At the end of the day, you get a garage floor that is protective and made to last for many years. Not only that, but you can feel confident about keeping harmful VOC’s out of your home and away from your family and even make a contribution to keeping the air clean and healthy.


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How to Choose the Right Garage Floor Sealer

floor garage stone-mainIn our last blog (Do I Have to Seal My Concrete Garage Floor?) we talked about why it’s important to seal your concrete garage floor. It’s not just about looks, although a good-looking finish can certainly make your garage the envy of all your neighbours. It’s really about preserving and protecting the concrete itself from the wears of weather, particularly freeze/thaw cycles, moisture and chemical corrosion.

There are a number of different types of floor sealants on the market, the most common of which are topical sealers, acrylics, epoxies and polyurethanes. They’ve been around for years, and offer different benefits. In more recent years, hybrid polymers have also entered the market, and it is these that Tailored Living/Premier Garage has chosen as its go-to formula for getting the best all-around results. Its range of PremierOne floor coatings offer numerous benefits:

* It’s the best match for Lower Mainland rain and cold Canadian winters. Living on the “Wet Coast” is not without its unique issues, excessive moisture being one of the major ones. Hybrid polymer flooring is ideal for the ranges in weather and temperature that we experience here, from extreme heat to extreme cold and everything in between, including winter time freeze/thaw cycles. It’s even tough enough to withstand frequent and severe ones as experienced in our more Eastern provinces.

* Superior UV protection. Topical sealants and epoxies offer little to no protection from fading due to sunlight exposure. Hybrid polymers have UV protection built right in. They’ll be the same colour in ten years as the day the colour was applied.

* Easy cleaning. PremierOne hybrid polymer coatings don’t just cover concrete. They actually form a chemical bond with it, sealing it tightly and completely, resulting in a smooth, shiny surface that resists stains and dirt. A quick sweep with a brush-type mop is all that’s needed to get rid of dust and dry debris. Any spills, including those that are apt to leave stains (like motor oil) simply pool and are easily wiped away with a dry or damp rag. Even corrosive chemicals like antifreeze and battery acid can’t penetrate the bond.

* Resists chipping and peeling. Because of that chemical bond, PremierOne coatings won’t peel away from the concrete and will be highly resistant to chipping.

Tailored Living takes care of everything, starting before the floor is applied. We clean and etch the concrete to ensure a strong bond and we do the complete application.