What Are Some Common Sources of VOC gases?

Common sources of VOCs gases such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene include the following:

  1. Paints, varnish, lacquer and wax coatings
  2. Cleaning and disinfectant products
  3. Makeup and cosmetic products such as hair sprays
  4. Building materials such as plaster board, plaster and cement
  5. Building furnishings and furniture such as wood tables, curtains, and other upholster
  6. Glues used in building and construction. Especially for wood and furniture making.

These sources can typically be separated into man-made sources of VOCs (e.g. paints, cleaning products and cosmetic products) and natural sources such as wood, flowers etc.

Learn more: What are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) »


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