Has a 10-year-old couch made with polyurethane completely offgassed all toxic material?
Will a 10-year-old couch made with polyurethane be safe to use? Do you have any suggestions other than getting rid of the furniture?
After ten years it is likely that most, if not all, of your sofa's toxic fumes may have evaporated. The best thing to do (if your budget allows) would be to:
- repurpose the frame, and
- replace the foam with a natural alternative (like soy-based foam and organic cotton batting).
I've written some articles about things like this and you might find my blog useful.
I hope that helps!
For more information:
Read Kati Curtis's Q&A "I am looking for fabric to reupholster a couch. Is 100% cotton as durable as synthetic fabrics?"