Tackling tough carpet odors.

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Tackling tough carpet odors.

 

If you’ve recently moved into a home that had a previous tenant, or if your roommate has moved out, chances are the carpets need some help with odor issues.

For starters, it’s always a good idea to have the carpets cleaned. You can do it yourself, if you are feeling energetic. Look for a “green” cleaner in your grocery store to avoid products that put toxins into the air. (Seventh Generation and Simple Green make carpet cleaners.) If you are renting a cleaning machine, rinse the chamber before using it to remove any chemicals from the previous user.

If you have a large area that needs cleaning, you may want to hire professionals. Look for companies that use “green” products, such as plant-based solvents, and those that use nontoxic steam extraction.

Give the carpets plenty of time to dry before moving your furniture back into place.

In the meantime, plug in your AirRestore Air Naturalizers. It will help tackle air pollutants, odors and dander that may be lingering in the air as well as particles that have been stirred up by all the activity.

To find out more about AirRestore, click here.

Air Pollution Linked to 1 in 8 Deaths Worldwide

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The World Health Organization released a study this week with sobering statistics: One in eight deaths worldwide is attributable to air pollution. In 2012, that was 7 million lives lost due to health problems from exposure to dirty indoor or outdoor air.

Though awareness of this problem has been growing, those numbers are staggering. The data gathered in this study points to a greater risk of heart disease and stroke associated with pollution than was known before. In fact, the majority of air pollution-related deaths result from cardiovascular disease. You can see a breakdown in the pie chart at left.

The results of the study emphasize the importance of breathing clean, fresh air, and the major impact dirty air can have on our health. Dr. Maria Neira, Director of WHO’s Department for Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health emphasized the importance of addressing this major issue. “Few risks have a greater impact on global health today than air pollution; the evidence signals the need for concerted action to clean up the air we all breathe,” Neira said.

You can read the news release the WHO published about the study by clicking here. Or, you can read the CNN article based on the WHO’s research here.

Clean air is crucial for daycare centers

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How clean is the air in your child’s day care center? Is it clean enough for young children to be breathing every day? Harmful contaminants build up quickly indoors. Everything from outdoor air pollution to off-gassing from carpets to allergens and germs can accumulate in the home, causing all kinds of problems. Clean air and daycare centers is an important concern for parents.

Exposure to dirty air can be dangerous for babies. A study published by the American Thoracic Society says dirty air can increase the risk of infants developing bronchiolitis, a serious respiratory infection.

Dirty air and asthma: The March of Dimes says polluted air can worsen symptoms for young children with asthma.

Air contaminants and autism: Harvard researchers found pregnant women who were exposed to certain pollutants at high levels were twice as likely to have an autistic child compared to pregnant women who lived in areas with low pollution levels. You can read more about that study here.

The AirRestore Air Naturalizer can help keep air clean for babies and children by removing the particles that shouldn’t be there — like pollution, allergens, bacteria and particles that cause odors.

Other great uses for AirRestore in homes with small children:

Diaper duty: Using an AirRestore Air Naturalizer is a great way to stay on top of baby-related odors, like those around the garbage and the stinky diaper pail. For a baby who spits up frequently, the Air Naturalizer also can be the perfect way to keep those dirty-laundry smells under control.

Got a smelly pile of shoes at the door? Plug in an AirRestore Air Naturalizer to keep the odor at bay.

Spilled milk: Remove the smell from carpet or upholstery by placing the Air Naturalizer face-down over the spot for several minutes. If the spill has been there for a few days, spray a mist of water over it, then use the Air Naturalizer to pull the odors out of the fabric.