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Are Rub ‘n Restore® products safe?

Rub ‘n Restore® products are safe for home use. While our products do contain small quantities of chemicals “suspected of causing cancer,” you’re not going to develop cancer from occasionally using our products. In fact, most furniture is made with foam containing fire retardants or chemicals with the same Prop 65 warning.

Read the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for our products here:

Clear Prep+Finish™

Color I (colors containing white)

Color II (colors without white)

The MSDS assume the most hazardous method of application (i.e. spraying vs. sponging) and chronic exposure. CC and Lesandre have been using these products since 1987 with no injury.

Let’s look at the ingredients.

It’s likely that you have recently touched, inhaled, and eaten the aforementioned chemicals. It’s very unlikely that you would develop cancer as a result of occasionally using Rub ‘n Restore® on your furniture, car or boat interior. It’s no worse than the latex paint on your walls and is a far cry from the chromium used to tan leather, the PVC used to manufacture vinyl, and the flame retardants used on upholstery foam, carpets and fabrics.

Our products are low VOC. More info here.

What can you do to minimize your exposure from the chemicals in Rub ‘n Restore®?

  1. Don’t eat it!
  2. Stick with a sponge for applying our products. If you need to spray a surface, do it outdoors, or ventilate the area. If you’re particularly sensitive, wear a respirator.

Then ask yourself, what other endocrine-disrupting and cancer-causing chemicals are in our home? Things like:

  • memory foam mattresses (where you spend 6-8 hours every night)
  • non-stick cookware
  • microwave ovens, WiFi, cell phones
  • triclosan (the active ingredient in antibacterial soaps)
  • air fresheners and scented candles
  • pesticides and herbicides
  • laundry and dish detergents
  • cosmetics, sunscreens, lotions, body washes, and hair products
  • food and water packaged and stored in plastic or styrene (Styrofoam®)
  • processed foods and those containing GMOs (genetically modified) and pesticides
  • even coffee which contains acrylamide and is now labeled as cancerous in California!

Your exposure to carcinogens is greater from the chemicals in your daily life than the occasional use of Rub ‘n Restore®. The vast majority of these toxic substances are unnecessary and can be easily eliminated without compromising the protection of your skin and the cleanliness of your home, laundry, baby, and body. When it comes to painting the living room or restoring your couch, you make an exception and don’t lose sleep over it. Remember, stress causes cancer too!

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