The dangers of home dirt
Your home is your heaven, but inside even the tidiest up and pristine of houses hide dangers that can cause diseases and illnesses to you and your family. We love our homes. They provide us with warmth, shelter and, best of all, security. That’s why it’s so unexpected and shocking when they turn against us. Like it or not, a house can be a virtual armory of lethal weapons. Whether it’s poisonous gasses, fiery flames, rabid bats or electrocuting appliances, even the sweetest Colonial Revival can be as armed and dangerous as Hitler on a bad day.
What makes these home-based toxins so dangerous is that often you cannot see they are there until it’s too late and you or someone of your family is already sick. That is, of course, unless you know where and how to look closer at them…
Poisonous gases, electrical currents, rust, fires, phthalates, pests – there are many ways your house can take you down if you’re not watchful about safety and codes. Here are a couple of ways our sweet homes can take us down.
Radon – the number two cause of the most deadly form of cancer – lung cancer – is an extremely toxic, odorless, colorless gas that could affect any home or property. It comes from the soil and rock beneath your home and also from water and building materials. Breathing in radon gas can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer.
Testing is the only way to determine if radon is your home because it can’t be smelled, tasted or seen. The good news is that testing your home’s air for this poisonous gas is easy nowadays with the Do-It-Yourself Home Radon Test Kit.
Another invisible, odorless, yet poisonous, gas is carbon monoxide (CO) – it’s responsible for killing almost 4, 000 people only in the United States each year. CO is produced when fuels from your fireplace, water heater, boiler or furnace burn incompletely and it can fill your property without anyone noticing. Once exposed, symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, unconsciousness and even death. Like with radon, a carbon monoxide detector is the only way to detect the gas in your home.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 30 percent to 50 percent of all structures have humid conditions that could encourage the growth and the spread of biological pollutants like mold. And that’s just for average climates. In warm, moist climates, this percentage is much higher.
When mold grows on your walls, carpets or other areas, portions of it are transferred to the indoor air you breathe. According to the EPA, this can lead to symptoms like:
- Allergic reactions – rhinitis and dermatitis or skin rash
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
- Other immunologic effects
If you suspect mold in your property such as stained ceilings, a musty or earthy smell, black, pink, orange or green spots on walls, flood or hurricane damage, damp basement, you should immediately contact a professional, certified mold remediator or certified mold contractor, to evaluate your home and remove the mold. You can contact a professional cleaning company like Top Cleaning GB Ltd to perform the removal as well.
Dust is actually a term with wide range or a collective term, used to describe the wide variety of organic and inorganic particles that collect in our homes, including human skin cells, flame retardants like polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), paint particles, cigarette smoke and its toxic byproducts, pesticides, PCBs, rodent waste, mold spores, viruses and more.
What makes dust so dangerous is that when you walk, all of these sickening particles are circulated into the air for you to breathe in and absorb.
What can you do to protect yourself?
There are three main ways to keep the dust levels at your home at a minimum, such as:
- Purify your home’s air.
A high-quality air treatment system is essential to have clean indoor air, but choosing the right type can be a pretty tough task since there are numerous models on the market and their quality varies drastically.
- Dust your home often with the right tools or find a professional cleaner who knows how to do it the right way.
The optimum choice for dusting is rather than just pushing dust around, or worse, stirring it up into the air, to book professionals like Top Cleaning GB to help you out. A cleaning company like this one use the latest professional cleaning machines and the best detergents on the market and works on the highest industrial standards. All the products they are using are made with positively charged ultra microfibers that pick up everything in the path – including dust and all of its microscopic attachments.
- Use high-quality doormats.
A pathway of chemicals, pesticides and other contaminants are attacking your home, through the dust and the dirt you track on the bottom of your shoes when entering your home. Afterwards, it’s circulated directly into the air you and your family breathe.
Trapping dirt right at the door with doormats placed strategically around your home can, therefore, go a long way toward reducing the number of toxins and dust in your home’s air. We highly recommend you to use our deep cleaning service in order to protect your health and floor by cleaning it professionally with Top Cleaning GB.
- Toxic chemicals solutions
Everybody are cleaning their homes with the first colorful new detergents they can find in the store, that are promising the best and quickest results, but then everybody wonders why cancer is the biggest disease. These detergents you like to buy from the store might work good for you but they are actually loaded with caustic detergents, harsh chemicals, and toxic residues. This applies to the whole variety – spray cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, laundry detergents and so on. Many of the individual substances in these products have been linked to cancer, reproductive problems and damage to the central nervous system. And you don’t even suspect what the colorful bottles for cleaning from the store are the cumulative effects of exposure to these chemical cocktails will be.
However, if you are looking for cleaning solutions that are completely safe for you and the environment, we highly recommend Top Cleaning GB that provides professional cleaning services with eco-green products only and provide you with only professional cleaners.