woman installing linoleum tiles to children's playroom
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Playroom/Kid's Room

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41. Install linoleum, cork, tile, wood, or stone in place of carpets and vinyl flooring. Unlike vinyl, these natural materials contain no phthalates, and linoleum inhibits bacterial growth. All collect less dust than carpeting does. Shown at left: Marmoleum Click linoleum tiles ($7-$9 per square foot; forboflooringna.com).

42. Look for chemical-free furnishings filled with batting made from natural fibers, and pressed-wood furniture and cabinets made with little or no formaldehyde.

43. Avoid furnishings and clothing with stain-resistant coatings that contain perfluorochemicals. Questions have been raised about their safety.
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