Posted by Ivey on April 28th, 2011
One of the most versatile tools for keeping your baby’s nursery and general home surfaces clean is a vacuum. Tried and true, these machines can be used to remove dirt and debris from carpets, hardwoods, upholstery, drapes, and more, but where does that dirt and debris go once your vacuum has removed it from the once-soiled surface? If you are using the Bissell Healthy Home Vacuum, then rest assured that dirt and debris is locked safely away from the air that you and your baby breathe using this vacuum’s advanced air filtration system.
Thanks to its excellent surface cleaning ability and superior air filtration, this week’s product spotlight is on the Bissell Healthy Home Vacuum Cleaner, also known as the Bissell 16N5. This vacuum comes with nonstop cyclonic suction power, a convenient bagless design, HEPA filtration, and a variety of attachments.
Posted by Ivey on April 27th, 2011
When dealing with allergies, it can often seem like the symptoms come out of nowhere and the causes are even more difficult to pinpoint. If you have been diligent about keeping surfaces free of dust and debris, washing your hands frequently, removing your shoes before entering your home, and washing your hair daily, along with taking other precautions to reduce pollen particles in your indoor environment, yet your allergy symptoms still persist, you could be targeting the wrong allergy.
According to WebMD, you could be among the 5% of Americans who suffer from mold allergies. Mold allergies trigger many of the same reactions as pollen and dust allergies, such as itchy eyes, irritated skin, nasal congestion, coughing, wheezing, and even asthma attacks. People often experience allergy symptoms in their home due to the presence of mold, which often results from excess humidity. Dehumidifiers offer an effective, simple solution for controlling excess moisture—and mold.
Posted by Ivey on April 20th, 2011
As a parent, you know how important it is to keep the surfaces in your baby’s nursery sparkling clean. However, did you know that cleaning with topical chemical cleaners might not be the most effective method for keeping baby’s area sanitized and disinfected? In fact, many topical cleaning agents require the solution to be left on the surface being cleaned for as long as 10 minutes to achieve only a percentage of disinfection. Moreover, cleaning multiple areas with the same sponge or cleaning cloth risks cross-contamination. Did I mention the havoc that chemicals can wreak on your indoor air?
Luckily, there is a much safer, more effective, and eco-friendly method for keeping your baby’s nursery clean and germ-free—steam cleaning! That’s why this week’s product spotlight is on the Vapamore MR-100 Steam Cleaner. This vapor steam cleaner transforms ordinary water into a powerful steam cleaning agent capable of eliminating dirt, grime, mold, mildew, bacteria, germs, and more from a variety of surfaces. Plus, since steam produced by the Vapamore MR-100 only contains 5% moisture, your surfaces are left sparkling and dry—minus any sticky residues and noxious odors often left behind with ordinary chemical cleaners.
Posted by Ivey on April 18th, 2011
It’s official—temperatures across the U.S. are rising. As a result, many people are searching for ways to keep their homes cool and energy bills low. Aside from actual outdoor heat, other factors can contribute to a steamy, uncomfortable home. Below are three simple steps to help you stay cool on a budget.
Posted by Ivey on April 14th, 2011
While many air purifiers are designed to tackle airborne contaminants in a variety of situations, the Austin Air Baby’s Breath is one of the few created especially for nurseries. This unique air purifier is this week’s featured product.
Posted by Ivey on April 12th, 2011
Since this series began, we have discussed a variety of traditional and innovative ways to keep your indoor air fresh and clean—from thoroughly cleaning your refrigerator to avoid mold and mildew to regularly cleaning air conditioning filters and air purifier filters. And yet, we still have more in store for the fourth and final installment of our 28 Indoor Air Quality Tips blog series.
- Use microfiber dust towels to attract and capture dust particles. Just because dust is no long visible on your furniture doesn’t mean that it is gone. In fact, it could be just floating around your environment searching for a new place to settle. However, cleaning with a microfiber dust cloth effectively captures dust particles and prohibits them from further harming your indoor environment, unlike ordinary cloths and towels that just move dust from place to place.
- Use bathroom fans while showering. While many people consider the exhaust fan located in most bathrooms as a courtesy feature, these fans actually serve another purpose—absorbing moisture. Using your bathroom fan while showering will help reduce moisture and control humidity issues.
Posted by Ivey on April 8th, 2011
One device is a mainstay in every nursery—the humidifier. Humidifiers blanket your baby’s nursery with a soothing, delicate mist that helps him or her breathe because adding moisture to your environment helps drain mucus and prevents a stuffy nose or head. That’s why this week’s product spotlight is on the Pure Guardian H1500 Ultrasonic Humidifier.
Posted by Ivey on April 5th, 2011
With the launch of our Sweet Dreams Nursery Contest and Sweepstakes last week, things have been a little hectic around the Sylvane office. However, now that things seem to be a little calmer, let’s move on to the third installment of our 28 Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality blog series.
- Leave shoes at the door to keep pesticides, dirt, and other germs out of your home. Occasionally, the quick brushing that you give your shoes on the doormat is not effective at keeping harmful irritants out of your home. If possible, leave shoes on shoe racks or or other shelves located in a garage or other area close to your door.
- Choose a green paint to reduce exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Just because the noxious odors from your latest painting project are gone doesn’t mean that your indoor air is safe. Some paints can release harmful levels of VOCs into your environment causing headaches, dizziness, respiratory ailments, and other issues. Look for paints labeled “zero VOC” and “no VOC”.
- Use a carbon monoxide detector to protect your home. Carbon monoxide cannot be seen or smelled, so the best way to keep your family safe from this “silent killer” is to use a carbon monoxide detector like the Safety Siren Pro Series Combination Gas Detector. This gas detector samples your home’s air every 2.5 minutes for carbon monoxide. If this gas—methane and propane—is detected, visual and audible alarms will be activated.