Truths and lies about home: refuting 7 furniture myths

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A rich human imagination has given rise to countless myths about the most ordinary household items. It can be quite difficult to figure out which ones are true. Today I will refute some of the most common misconceptions about household items.

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  • Leather furniture is threatened by animals
  • Leather furniture is hard to care for
  • Leather furniture gets very hot
  • Most wood furniture contains formaldehyde
  • Flame retardants are only found in mattresses and children's pajamas
  • "Natural" means safe for health
  • Buying old things is safer

Leather furniture is threatened by animals

Many people try to avoid buying such products if, say, a violent cat lives at home. People are afraid that their pet will ruin such a luxury. However, these fears are often unfounded. For example, you can always purchase processed leather. It has a special coating that acts as an additional layer of protection against damage. And the same cats are more fond of tearing up ordinary cloth. They will destroy leather sofas sooner for lack of other options.

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Leather furniture is hard to care for

Another popular myth about this material. In reality, keeping it clean is very simple. It is enough to walk on it with a damp cloth a couple of times a week. It is also not recommended to use aggressive detergents to clean stubborn stains. For that matter, it's even easier than vacuuming ordinary fabrics.

@Dan Alwood

Leather furniture gets very hot

Such statements belong, most often, to motorists. Indeed, on a hot summer day, the interior can heat up to over 50 degrees Celsius. However, the conditions inside the car and the house are completely different. Even if you put a leather sofa right in front of the window, it will never heat up to the same degree as the car seat.

Most wood furniture contains formaldehyde

This is true, but only partially. Indeed, objects made from wood can contain this unpleasant substance. However, this is not the case with all things. In the modern world, it is quite easy to find formaldehyde-free wooden furniture. It is enough to look at the label or directly ask the seller about the presence of the substance in the composition.

@Michael Coghlan

Flame retardants are only found in mattresses and children's pajamas

They are regularly used in sofas, chairs, carpets and curtains. The only way to avoid them is to look for fireproof furniture without flame retardants. It can consist of raw natural materials such as wool, linen, cotton and others.

"Natural" means safe for health

A small continuation of the previous myth. Mattress manufacturers can indeed use organic materials. However, they also often add a huge amount of synthetics to products.


For example, some people like to brag about using soy-based foam as an alternative. But at the same time, they are often silent that the overwhelming majority of soy foam mattresses is a mixture of 3070% with synthetic foam. In addition, natural materials can be trivially processed with harmful chemicals.

Buying old things is safer

This is not entirely true and depends on the type of furniture and where it was produced. For example, an antique solid wood cabinet is unlikely to cause any problems, even if it was once treated with a chemical coating. At the same time, furniture with a long history may contain molds. In addition, it is rather difficult to trace the past of such things, as well as to find out the real composition.

@The Living Room

Which of these myths seemed true to you? Share your opinion in the comments!

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