Can you "over sterilise" your home?

Can you "over sterilise" your home?

July 25, 2017

Using Little Knights is not ‘over sterilisation’

There is a big difference between good hygiene and being “obsessively clean”. Here at Little Knights, we are incredibly proud of the paint range we have worked hard to develop.  Not only do we think our colours look great, we believe the properties of our paint – antibacterial and zero emission – are incredibly important in improving the health of young children, now and into the future.

Recently, however, we were contacted on Facebook by a person who questioned whether our antibacterial paints are good for young children. She suggested they might be part of a growing trend towards “over sterilisation” which she said is “unhealthy”. While this view is totally inaccurate, we understand where confusion in this area might have come from. Let us explain:

 

The Hygiene Hypothesis

There is a growing body of evidence that shows exposure to germs and bacteria at a young age helps to strengthen the immune system and protects children from developing problems like allergies, asthma and bowel problems. This school of thought has been coined ‘the hygiene hypothesis’ after ground-breaking research in 1989 by Professor David Strachan at the University of London found that children with fewer siblings (and subsequently less germs in the home) were more likely to develop hay fever.   

Since then, the hygiene hypothesis has been used to argue that our obsession with cleanliness is, in fact, harming our children rather than protecting them. But it is misleading to say that modern hygiene standards are bad for our health. While playing outside, and catching colds off school friends and siblings can help build immunity, it’s also important we maintain good standards of personal and home hygiene.

As the NHS advises: “Good hygiene is about avoiding infection and preventing the spread of infection to others. Good hygiene isn't about being dirt-free and doesn't require being obsessively clean. Good hygiene is about preventing the spread of germs at times and in places and situations where it really matters, such as when preparing food, after using the toilet, after sneezing and when someone’s ill with an infection.”

 

"Like soap and water for your walls"

And this is where Little Knights’ antibacterial paint comes in – we regard our paint as soap and water for your walls, helping to maintain good hygiene in the home. Just as using soap and water is vital in everyday life for cleanliness, so cleaning and wiping down walls and other surfaces helps keep harmful germs at bay. Little Knights’ paints also inhibits the growth of mildew on surfaces – fungi that can harm older children and even adults, let alone babies.

What’s more, Little Knights’ paint has been specially developed for new-born babies to protect their immune systems at their weakest. It is our belief that it is preferable to have a safe environment for a very young child, rather than see them fall ill and be put on antibiotics - an outcome that is likely to impact a child’s health in the long-term more than over-sterilisation.

 

If you would like to find out more about the Little Knights range or discuss any of the issue raised in this article, please contact 01604 781009 or email info@little-knights.co.uk

 

Little Knights

The safest paint for your home and your family




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Four beautiful odourless paint finishes

Matte

For a solid, flat and elegant finish that is easy to touch up when required, matte paint is ideal for creating a gentle, soothing finish.  It helps to conceal flaws too, making it a good choice for older walls with "character".

Eggshell

Has slightly more lustre than a matte finish, low-sheen rather than shiny.  This attractive finish resists stains better than matte paint, and is easier to maintain

Silk

Creates an attractive and highly durable high sheen finish, an ideal choice if you want to make a room look bigger.  While it is the easiest to clean (just wipe with a damp cloth) Silk paint’s light reflecting properties do make it more difficult to touch up because any difference in sheen will be apparent.  It will make imperfections in your walls more noticeable, so it is worth investing a bit of extra time on surface preparation to make your walls as smooth as possible.  

Gloss

Even our gloss paint is zero-VOC! An easy-to-apply, non-drip antibacterial gloss paint that provides a hardwearing, wipe-clean finish for interior and exterior wood and metal.  (Please note, the gloss does not share the formaldehyde-absorbing properties of the emulsion paint, but there's still no safer gloss paint on the market!) 

 

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Simply the safest paint for you and your family