Home sweet home? Not likely. Your home can't provide respite from the toxins, pollens, microbes. and chemicals of the outside world as much as you wish it would.
Armed with the right information and tools, there's plenty you can do to protect your home and make it a happier, healthier place. Here's some of the microscopic dangers that lurk and what you can do about it.
As a sufferer of asthma or allergies, you know that allergens can really wreak havoc. In the warmer months, when pollens are high, these might find their way inside your home and make you sick. Even in the winter months, dust, mold spores, bacteria, and pet dander combined with drier air offers no relief from allergies.
Why not combat the problem and start replacing problem surfaces with tile? Tile doesn’t harbor dust mites, mold, or bacteria like many other surfaces so it decreases the amount of allergens in your home and you can breathe a bit easier.
VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are organic chemicals that evaporate at a very low temperature—room temperature. That means that the chemicals get out into the air and can significantly decrease your indoor air quality. VOC emissions have been linked to many health problems including “sick building syndrome.”
Everything from paint to plastic and adhesives to dry cleaned clothes can be culprits.Vigilance is key. Look for home products with low or no VOCs to decrease unhealthy emmissions in your home.
Tile is finished in a kiln at extremely high temperatures so has zero VOCs. The temperature is far too great to leave behind anything that might get into the air at room temperature.
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Your house is filled with toxic chemicals. They are so common it's hard to avoid them. Ammonia, lye,and hydrochloric acid are common ingredients in your household cleaners. Even if you are careful, you may still have them in your cupboard. For instance, a product doesn't have to be labeled hazardous until it has a certain percentage of chemical in it.
The solution? Use natural cleaners or use materials in your home that don't require as much cleaning. A simple glazed ceramic tile is one of the cleanest, and easiest to clean surfaces available. That’s mostly because it is a hard, smooth surface that doesn’t trap dust and contaminants like softer surfaces.
It’s pretty easy to clean tile. Sometimes all you need is warm water. Even when you need to give your floors a deep clean, harsh chemicals are not necessary. That’s one less danger to your health and the health of your family.
Love that "new" smell? Well that new smell is a sure way to know that you're breathing in something potentially harmful. The less new stuff you bring into your home, the healthier it will be.
What to do? Buy gently used items. Take a trip after a new purchase. Buy new things with low or no VOCs. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to six months for emmissions to subside. The less your family is exposed to that the better.
Properly installed tile floors can last up to 50 years or more. That means a lot less new for a long time yet. You’ll probably want to replace your tile for cosmetic reasons long before you need to replace it for wear and tear. Even when accidents happen, you can simply replace the affected tiles rather than the whole floor.
As you continue to make healthy choices for your family, consider tile. It’s a good option for your floors, walls, and backsplashes that proves your life-long commitment to your family’s well-being. Have a healthier home with building programs like LEED and Greenworks. Learn more about them here.