In light of the recent “60 Minutes” report about certain products at Lumber Liquidators failing to meet California’s formaldehyde emissions testing criteria, and Lowe’s pulling a product from its shelves due to similar concerns, the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) is assuring retailers that laminate products carrying the NALFA Certification Seal have passed rigorous ANSI performance tests and are also compliant under the California law, otherwise known as CARB.

"Ultimately, we want consumers to have peace of mind that the products they place in their homes are safe," said Bill Dearing, president of NALFA. "When retailers place NALFA certified products on their shelves that goal is achieved and both retailers and their customers can rest assured that a good decision has been made."

According to the association, prior to earning the NALFA Certification Seal, laminate floors must pass a series of 10 performance tests including static load, thickness swell, light resistance, cleanability and stain resistance, large ball resistance, small ball resistance, water resistance, dimensional tolerance, castor chair resistance and surface bond. An independent laboratory completes the testing and submits the results to the NALFA board for final approval. Only then may a product bear the certification seal.

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