Having to follow strict stay-at-home Government guidance, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many to think a little differently about where we spend the majority of our time. Numerous people will have a regular cleaning regime where carpets, floors and furniture are cleaned, and work surfaces disinfected, however, that might mean forgetting to clean a critical part of the home: the indoor air.
Indoor air can be riddled with pollutants, emissions and germs - improving the quality of indoor air is beneficial for many reasons but perhaps even more critical during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Volatile organic compounds
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emissions that can be found lurking in the home. Common household products such as aerosol sprays, disinfectants, deodorants, scented surface cleaners, paint, plug-in air fresheners and carpets will emit VOC gases.
VOCs have been linked to some health issues associated with allergies and asthma. Although exposure to these chemical pollutants can also bring about eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches and migraines, and nausea.
Does indoor air quality matter?
Indoor air quality is not necessarily better than outdoor air quality. Equally, being inside does not necessarily provide protection from air pollutants. Outdoor air quality can be influenced by local traffic and nearby industry, while cooking on hobs, cleaning products, burning aromatic candles will influence the quality of indoor air.
For those now working from home, concentration levels and decision making can be influenced by higher VOC emissions and carbon dioxide levels, indicating that there may not be enough natural ventilation in the indoor environment.
Improving indoor air quality
Get the air moving by opening doors and windows whenever possible. Higher ventilation rates can be helpful in reducing the risk of viruses in general.
The use of cleaning chemicals or "ordinary" paints (i.e. not Little Knights) will increase exposures to chemicals we don’t necessarily want in the system over a protracted time - maintain good ventilation going when using chemical cleaners or regular paints.
Additionally, it is best to avoid products such as air fresheners, plug-ins and products that make the air smell nice, they are not actually cleaning the air, just masking the odour, often with chemicals.
Little Knights paint removes chemicals from the air
Little Knights paint actively helps improve the quality of air in homes. It contains a unique monomer that bonds with formaldehyde molecules released from household products, and transforms them into harmless vapour.
Health and well being
Reducing stress through physical activity, calling friends and general self-care may also reduce the chance of adverse health outcomes associated with environmental pollutants. Evidence suggests both children and adults in high-stress environments are more susceptible to pollutants.
100% VOC-free paint
Little Knights paint helps to create a safe, healthy environment free from harmful VOCs, meaning peace of mind for you and your family. Our range is the UK’s first and only 100% VOC-free paint, which means it contains no harmful solvents at all to act as asthma/allergy triggers, or pollute your home. It also contains antibacterial agents which help to inhibit the spread of mould before it can even appear. Created using years of experience by industry experts, Little Knights paint offers the best protection currently on the market. Your family is in safe hands.