What is a Healthy Home and How Can Germinator Make it Feel and Smell Clean?
October 26, 2020
As the saying goes, "Home is where the heart is." It's the place where we spend most of our time making memories with our loved ones, raising our children, and we sometimes even pass it down to another for sale or inheritance. Whether you own or rent, living in a healthy home is conducive for you. The term "healthy home," according to the U.S. Department of Housing's webpage titled "Making Homes Healthier for Families,"
is a relatively old concept of housing that promotes safe, decent, and sanitary environments that help to prevent disease or injury, whether that be structural or pathogenic.
The original concept had seven principles of what is the ideal healthy home, and with home automation and IoT technologies, that number is easily over ten as home builders are creating more and more connected homes that focus on better living. We'll be covering the seven basic healthy home principles a homeowner should consider, and how our services support the idea and the lifestyle of what it's like to live in a healthy home—even if you rent, it still applies.
The Seven Traits of a Healthy Home
- Keep it Very Clean
Every homeowner should inspect and clean their home regularly as part of their routine. The advantages and perks of living in a clean home are beyond just being in a clean space but more so for your mental well-being too! Regardless, your home should be organized and kept free of debris such as dust, organic matter, and things of that nature because leaving your areas filthy can attract germs. Regular house cleaning helps reduce those levels of germs in your house. Without regular cleaning, you may be affecting your immune system as germs and allergens accumulate in your home.
This is where Germinator's services step in as an ally to your regular cleaning routine. Our Genesis HOCl sanitizer and disinfectant solution contains no harsh chemicals or fumes, and we apply our Shield to help protect your surfaces as well. We utilize devices that can measure the level of clean on a surface, so we'll be able to qualify our work before and after service. Outside of our services, you should pick up a conventional cleaning product that will not affect your well-being. One that doesn't use harsh chemicals to avoid damaging your surfaces and items or your health when regularly cleaning your home.
- Keep Your Home Dry
There's more to keeping your home dry than fixing the exterior of your home. Humidity and asthmatics don't mix. According to an article by Healthline called "Humidity and Asthma,"
it affects those with asthma and activates the nerves in their lungs to make their airways more narrow.
Here are the telltale signs your home may be exposed to too much humidity and moisture. There's visible condensation on surfaces like the windows, mirrors, pipes, and you can smell or feel it inside dark places like your basement. If you look at your ceiling and find discoloration, wet stains, or stubbled stucco, then that's another sign. You might also have an issue with moisture in your home if your floorboards creak excessively or your interior paint is peeling. These signs may be difficult to spot in dark lighting. Overall, if you suspect a surface, wall, or floor is feeling soft or moist, then you might be on the money that there's moisture being let in. Resolving these issues, the DIY route or hiring contractors are a part of making a healthy home for a healthy you. Germinator can help reduce mold, mildew, and odor-causing bacteria that exist on surfaces, but it's best to fix your home up before service.
- Keep Pests at Bay
Nobody wants unwanted roommates like rodents and roaches. The key to keeping your home pest-free is to seal any cracks or exposed areas in your home and set up traps—even sticky traps too. Take a look around your home in the attic, garage, basement, kitchen, doors that lead outside, gardens too close to your home, and look for cracks and openings in these areas. Seal all exposures with caulk or whatever you prefer to keep those critters out. Make sure to clean everything (point number one) to avoid pests from enjoying the free food droppings, dirt, or debris you may bring in from the outside.
Germinator isn't a pest control company, but we can help reduce the invisible pests to the naked eye (germs) such as dust mites that may live in your home.
- Keep Your Place Contaminant Free
Some homes have deteriorated paint that contains lead, which is most commonly found in homes built in the 70s and prior. Lead paint is harmful to humans, and to resolve this issue, it's best to use lead-safe colors that also do not emit any strong fumes. If you want to make your home truly containment free, then it's best to install carbon-monoxide and radon detectors. Do not smoke indoors and store your chemicals, pesticides, and paints safely away from others. If you do smoke indoors, just know that one call of having the Germinator come to your home for service will help take away those odors, which leads us to our next point about ventilation.
- Keep it Well-Ventilated
Homes need to be well-ventilated to reduce exposure to allergy-inducing contaminants and unwanted odors. HVAC systems need to be equipped with fresh filters to filter out debris, dust, and there are even air filters out there that can control viruses and bacteria from circulating in your air. Going a step further in your filtration system can help improve your indoor air quality and can even reduce germs! So, where does Germinator fit in all this? Germinator's Shield solution is effective against mold, mildew, and odor-causing bacteria, and this application creates an invisible barrier that combats deterioration and discoloration. Beyond that, try to keep your kitchen well-ventilated while cooking by using exhaust fans or open windows. Keep the bathroom ventilated with an exhaust fan and try not to use chemicals in small spaces without ventilation when cleaning.
- Keep Your Home Safe
Kids will be kids, and most injuries growing up happen at home, like falling or bumping into things, for example. As parents, we must childproof everything to help reduce the number of injuries by our little ones. Next to that, some injuries are cuts, burns, and accidental poisonings. Install and maintain your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Remember to store your chemicals locked away in a well-ventilated place, secure loose rugs to prevent slipping and falling, and keep play areas free of hard or sharp objects.
- Keep It Well-Maintained
Germinator can enhance your cleaning routine, but we haven't branched out our services to include home repairs. Try to secure your home and have it repaired regularly with regular maintenance. Seal any leaks that may be happening on top of your roof to avoid that problem becoming a larger one tomorrow. Clean your gutters often to prevent water leaks as this could contribute to mold growth, a microbe that Germinator can help reduce, but you might as well take care of it from the source. Exterior paint makes your home look beautiful and helps seal water from coming in, so make sure the paint job doesn't have any chips or cracks that could let moisture in.
How Germinator Works With You
We strive to provide the best products and services to help create the most hygienic and clean environment for your home or business. We use a patent-pending process to achieve the best in class sanitizing and disinfecting process. We first test your surfaces for ATP using a luminometer to detect light that can come from cellular activity. This measurement immediately tells us the level of clean on your surfaces. After our surface treatment and protectant services, we retest to ensure the surfaces have achieved the intended results.
From residential buildings to educational, health, and commercial properties, Germinator provides facilities of all types with effective sanitizing and disinfecting services with its Genesis and Shield processes.
Genesis is a one-step cleaner and broad-spectrum sanitizer and disinfectant treatment that harnesses the power of HOCl (hypochlorous acid) solution. Derived from naturally occurring minerals, Genesis not only eliminates odors at their source but kills a wide range of bacteria and viruses on hard, non-porous, environmental surfaces. It meets the Association of Official Agricultural Chemists (AOAC) germicidal spray standards for Hospital Grade Disinfection. As a result, this treatment will eliminate bacteria and viruses that may reside in your environment without the use of harsh chemicals or fumes. Following Genesis, Germinator applies its Shield bacteriostatic finish.
The Shield is a water-based quaternary ammonium compound that imparts a durable bacteriostatic finish to a wide range of non-food contact surfaces. It is EPA-registered as effective against mold, mildew, algae, and odor-causing bacteria. This application creates an invisible barrier that combats deterioration and discoloration and promotes freshness for up to three months. The Genesis and Shield products are applied by using an electrostatic sprayer, which is the most efficient and effective means of delivering the products to the intended application sites.
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