It’s becoming quite the trend to make over a tired-looking kitchen using Kmart vinyl. But experts have warned that it can actually be extremely dangerous to use these adhesive products.
Some of the most popular posts on lifestyle-themed Facebook groups spotlight before and after pics of incredible home transformations using el-cheapo Kmart materials and accessories. Many of these do-overs look seriously impressive and can often be achieved with very little financial investment. However, these redesigns can often come with major safety issues, which many of us are blissfully unaware of.
Kmart vinyl has become one of the most popular ways to give a kitchen a sparkling new look. This self-adhesive material comes in a range of patterns – including tropical, timber or even marble and you can grab a roll of Kmart vinyl for only $3.
The Kmart website states that the Kmart vinyl can be applied to most smooth flat surfaces such as wood, glass, metal, ceramic tiles and many painted finishes. Many DIY decorators have used the material to cover kitchen countertops and cupboards and the result is often spectacular.
Dangers Of Using Kmart Vinyl In Your Kitchen
However Kmart vinyl could be a safety risk in your home, especially if used in the kitchen.
Kmart’s website suggests that the vinyl can be used in office or home decor. While it doesn’t specifically state kitchens, the word ‘home’ for me includes the kitchen so I would assume that the material could safely be used throughout the house. Well, that is just not the case.
Fire Safety Risks
While most products used in kitchen makeovers would be subjected to rigorous safety testing, there is no indication that Kmart vinyl has been subjected to these tests. This is concerning as it is not known whether Kmart vinyl, which is made from PVC, could pose a safety hazard in the event of a fire.
Possible Health Issues
Kmart vinyl is manufactured using PVC, which is recognised as a human carcinogen. So while we are unsure of how this material could affect our health, we would rather not take the chance.
Insurance companies have been known to find any excuses to push back on paying out claims. Because Kmart vinyl has not undergone rigorous safety testing for use in the kitchen, building insurers may refuse to pay claims if this adhesive has been used.
What Can You Use Instead?
Instead, you could use products that are intended specifically for kitchens, such as benchtop resurfacing kits or tile paints from reputable manufacturers to make your kitchen looking slick once again. You could also get new cupboard handles or fresh new accessories to give your kitchen a new look. At least, you can be sure you’re not putting your family at risk.
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