Kitchener Painting Companies Can Help Protect Against Indoor Toxins
Isn’t it nice to know that your Kitchener home is a completely safe haven, adequately protecting you from the harms of the outside world? Before you do get complacent that being indoors can protect you from toxins and pollutants, you may need to give this a little more thought. Recently, the U.S. TV show 60 Minutes devoted a considerable part of its broadcast to talk about a potent toxic chemical used to make laminate flooring: formaldehyde.
Formaldehyde is not the only toxin your home may be harboring. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are another . Furthermore, it is estimated that poor indoor quality has been affecting some 15.3 million households in the U.K., due to a phenomenon labeled as “Toxic Home Syndrome1”.
The good news is, while your home may not be exempt from the presence of these toxins, improving indoor air quality is easy enough through various precautionary measures—and a little help from trusted Kitchener painting companies like CertaPro Painters of Waterloo. The following pointers can be very useful:
Avoid products with high VOC – You can start “detoxifying” your home by choosing products with either “Low VOC” or “Zero VOC” labels on their packaging, like paints and finishes for indoor painting. You can get a hold of these special paints through your local hardware, or choose professional painting services in Kitchener which use these products. Low VOC paints make use of water-based solvents, which are low in VOC. Also, for your wooden needs, opt for solid wood, hardboard, or exterior grade plywood instead of pressed wood.
Choose “green” cleaners – A lot of household cleaners in the market are indeed effective, though leave traces of harmful chemicals in the air long after their application. Instead of using these chemical-based substances, you may want to switch to natural cleaning products derived from plants & minerals, or simply make your own using common household items (i.e. vinegar and baking soda).
Dust regularly – Experts identify house dust as a major culprit for toxic exposure among children, containing substances like lead which could be harmful to the brain even in minuscule amount. Keep harmful dust at bay by vacuuming or wet mopping weekly, or dusting with a damp cloth. Double the frequency if you have a crawling baby in the house.
(Source: Floor To Walls: How To Reduce Exposure To Household Toxins, Huffington Post, March 9, 2015)