FAQs

- What is CARB
- What is Formaldehyde
- What is VOC
- What is D&M Doing About VOCs and CARB?
- What Kind of Flooring Does D&M Make?
- Why Does D&M Claim to Be Green?
- Can I Refinish D&M Floors?
- Will My Wood Floors Change Color Over Time?
- Can I Use Your Floors in my Kitchen?
- Can I Use Water to Clean the Floors?
- What Is Aluminum Oxide?
- Can I Float the Floors?


What is CARB

“The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is the state of California’s clean air regulatory board. Because California established CARB before the federal government adopted its current regulatory policies, it is the only state permitted to oversee a state-run air resources board. CARB created and implemented the Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) to reduce formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products.” – Benchmark International


What is Formaldehyde

“Formaldehyde is a colorless gas and is released to the environment from a variety of sources including the combustion of fossil fuels such as gasoline and propane, tobacco smoke, fireplaces, and wood burning stoves. It is also found at low levels in natural wood. It is commonly used to make a variety of products including resins that are used as adhesives in composite wood products.” – California Air Resources Board

Formaldehyde is produced not only from human activity, but also from natrual sources including plants, animals, and humans in small amounts. – Center for Disease Control


What is VOC

“Simply put, VOCs are chemicals you can breathe. They are organic chemical compounds with high enough vapor pressure to enter the atmosphere… The term “VOC” and its technical definition may sound unnerving, but many VOCs are appreciated: the fresh minty smell from your mouthwash, the forest’s pine scent, and that new car smell are all examples of common VOCs. VOCs are not inherently dangerous themselves, but some can contribute to unhealthy indoor air conditions if left unregulated.” – VOC Green


What is D&M Doing About VOCs and CARB?

All of our engineered products are using CARB Phase II compliant plywood, meeting the California Air Resources Board standards for formaldehyde emission in composite wood products. Finished products get tested in the US for low VOC and indoor air quality using the CDPH Standard Method Emission Testing 01350 or ASTM D6007. All products are Lacey Act compliant, ensuring customers the best quality flooring with environmentally friendly measures.

Test results can be found here: Technical Page


What Kind of Flooring Does D&M Make?

All of the products made by D&M Flooring are Engineered Hardwood Floors. One of the many technical benefits of Engineered Hardwood Floors is its stability in different environments, especially when humidity and temperatures fluctuate. The plywood/lumber core features a cross grain construction which resists shrinkage, expansion ands warping from seasonal changes.


Why Does D&M Claim to Be Green?

Environmental impact is lessened by using Engineered Hardwood Floors. For the same thickness of a solid Oak plank, engineered floor planks use only about a quarter of the Oak. By using plywood/lumber core made from fast growing woods like Eucalyptus and Pine, we can conserve more popular hardwoods such as Oak, Maple, Hickory etc. that can take decades or centuries to grow fully.


Can I Refinish D&M Floors?

For your floors with a 4mm wear layer, you can refinish your floors up to 3 times depending on how far you sand down each time. For 2mm wear layer floors, please consult a professional to check the condition of your floor before altering the surface.


Will My Wood Floors Change Color Over Time?

Because wood is organic, exposure to UV or sun rays will affect the color of the floors, as it would with any organic matter. To avoid getting farmer tans on your floor, rearrange furniture/rugs periodically, and use window treatment to minimize UV exposure.


Can I Use Your Floors in my Kitchen?

Wood flooring is very popular for the kitchen because it is not as hard as tile and stone to be standing on for an extended period of time. Wood floors can be used, but be sure to have rugs in high traffic areas and areas prone to spills. If any liquid spills on the wood floor, it should be wiped up immediately to avoid staining or other damages.


Can I Use Water to Clean the Floors?

Never mop your floors with water as it could damage the wood. Moisture will cause the wood to warp, stain, split etc. Please use a properly formulated cleaner for your floors with its specified instructions.


What Is Aluminum Oxide?

Aluminum Oxide is a substance used to harden Urethane finish. It helps resist scratches from every day use and oxidization.


Can I Float the Floors?

Floors may be floated if the boards are wider than 6 inches, and installed by a professional using the guidelines from NWFA installation instructions which are available to members on www.nwfa.org