What is Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a highly irritable colourless gas often found in construction materials such as wall panels, cabinets, furniture, and household products. Notably, the World Health Organisation (WHO) classifies formaldehyde as a Group 1 carcinogen.

Are you aware that our beloved homes can be significant sources of formaldehyde emissions? Below are some commonly found items containing formaldehyde:


  • Timber
  • Panels
  • Wallpapers
  • Paints
  • Flooring
  • Wooden furniture
  • Carpets
  • Cement

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): What are they?

VOCs refer to gases emitted from various household items, with formaldehyde being one of the most prevalent. Predominantly found in construction materials like plywood, particleboard, and adhesives, formaldehyde can also be present in furniture, curtains, carpets, and some foam insulating materials. Other sources of VOCs include combustion of fuels such as natural gas, wood, kerosene, and tobacco products. Personal care products, cleaning agents, paints, and printing devices can also release VOCs. VOCs may emit from products for years, though the rate decreases as they age.


Exposure to VOCs can cause irritation to eyes, nose, and throat, nausea, dizziness, and skin problems. High concentrations of formaldehyde can lead to lung irritation and asthma. Prolonged exposure may also cause memory issues and heightened anxiety.

What Are The Effects of Excessive Formaldehyde Inhalation?

Overexposure to formaldehyde can lead to:

  • Throat irritation
  • Coughing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Nosebleeds

Some individuals are more sensitive to formaldehyde, making them more susceptible to these symptoms. These symptoms can resemble those of common respiratory illnesses; thus, if experienced, seeking medical advice is paramount.


  • Those sensitive to formaldehyde and exposed for extended periods are more likely to show symptoms.
  • Those less sensitive or exposed for shorter durations are less likely to be affected. However, any level of formaldehyde exposure increases the risk of cancer, especially nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

Factors to Consider:

  • Age: Children might be more susceptible to allergic reactions from formaldehyde exposure. Elderly individuals may not tolerate high concentrations well.
  • Health Condition: Individuals with respiratory issues like asthma or bronchitis are particularly vulnerable. Pregnant women and their unborn children aren't at higher risk, but it's advised to minimise their exposure.
  • Short-term health implications: Cough, headache, dizziness, and irritation.
  • Long-term health implications: Damage to the respiratory system, leukaemia, allergic asthma, skin sensitivities, and increased risk of cancer.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies formaldehyde as a carcinogenic substance to humans. Prolonged exposure is linked to biological tissue cancers.

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How Long Is Treatment?

Kindly provide a notice of 3-5 days for formaldehyde treatment bookings. The time taken for the procedure is contingent upon the area's size. Please ensure the space is vacated prior to the scheduled treatment.

Does Formaldehyde Exhist in a Three-Year-Old House?

Yes, formaldehyde can linger anywhere from 3 to 15 years, particularly in inadequately ventilated spaces.

Should I undergo treatment before or after moving in the furniture?

It is advisable to undergo the formaldehyde treatment after moving in the furniture. For customised furniture, kindly undergo the treatment before assembly. 

Are DIY Options Available with ICOAT MAN

Certainly, our product has been rigorously tested and is endorsed for safe usage in both Japan and Malaysia.

Is ICoatMan Nano-Coating Safe?

You can be confident in the safety of the ICoatMan Nano-Coating.