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5 Ways To Keep Mould Out Of Your Kitchen

Mouldy fruit on bright background.When most of us think of mould, we often think about food that has been left out for too long. The “green stuff” on bread or fruit is generally the immediate image that our minds conjure up when thinking about mould. It’s true that mould can often be found on food, as it requires organic materials to feed on. That, and moisture, are what provide mould with the most opportunities to grow. Therefore, it’s important to take measures to keep our food mould-free.

And that means cleaning up in the kitchen! With food being a top choice for mould growth, the better we do at keeping our food fresh and our kitchens clean, the better we will be at keeping mould at bay. As a reminder, this is important because when mould spores become airborne, they can have adverse effects on our health. The bottom line is the less mould you have in your home, the better your health will be.

Here are five ways to keep mould out of your kitchen:

1. Empty the trash often. Sometimes, we forget that when we are throwing out pieces of food left on our dinner plates, they are not being sent off to some magical place where they won’t have any impact. Obviously, garbage cans are not refrigerated. With a dark and moist place to call home, thrown out food can develop mould quickly. “Use a garbage can that holds about one day’s worth of garbage and empty it daily to prevent growth of mould,” insists WikiHow.com.

2. Let the sunlight in. Does your kitchen have a window? If so, you are in a better position to ward off the growth of mould. As mentioned, mould thrives in dark areas. The more sunlight the kitchen gets, the better its chances are of being mould-free. According to BlackMold.AwardSpace.com, “allowing sunlight in will reduce the chances of mould growing so open the curtains in rooms during the day to let natural light in.”

3. Take old food out of the fridge. As most of you know, even refrigeration can’t keep mould at bay forever. All types of food have expiration dates. Not only is it more healthful to eat it while it’s fresh, but it will help ward of mould growth if it’s not kept for too long. “If you think you’ll never eat the food, throw it out immediately,” advises WikiHow.com, “Check the refrigerator thoroughly at least once and dispose of old food.”

4. Keep it cool. With the spring now here and summer around the corner, things are bound to heat up. Remember that mould loves the warmth. So if you are keeping your home cool, you’ll be doing your part in preventing mould from forming. “Mould generally does not grow in cold environments,” explains BlackMold.AwardSpace.com, “Most moulds need temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) or more to grow.”

5. Empty compost containers regularly. Canadians are known as pretty good recyclers. And, that’s a good thing, of course. But remember that when you are separating organic materials for compost, you are creating mould-inviting environments in your compost containers. According to WikiHow.com, “compost buckets are the one of the worst sources of mould”, so be sure to keep them covered and emptied on a daily basis.

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we have many years of experience detecting mould in homes. We’re very well aware that it can develop in many different areas of the home – not just the kitchen. To ensure the best possible indoor air quality of your home, we highly recommend our Mould Assessment Services. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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Cigarette Smoke Is Indoor Air Quality’s Worse Enemy

male fist with many cigarettes isolated on whiteThe importance of indoor air quality is not a new topic. By today’s standards, it’s near impossible to find a building that allows the smoking of cigarettes within its confines. Check that – regulations are now set throughout Canada to prevent people from smoking within certain distances of buildings! Why? It’s simply a very well-known fact that smoking is bad for your health. And that’s putting it mildly.

Cigarettes are killers, plain and simple. You don’t have to take our word for it. Simply take a look at a pack of cigarettes and it will tell you itself. Nevertheless, in spite of all of the package-displayed warnings and overwhelming research that insists that smoking causes death, there are still a lot of smokers out there. If you’re a smoker, allow us to state the obvious: do your best to quit the habit. And if you’re a non-smoker, do your best to steer clear of those who light up.

Secondhand smoke, as you are likely aware, is a killer as well. So whether you smoke or not, the indoor air quality of your home is severely impacted as along as cigarette smoking is taking place. Again, it should go without saying that this can severely impact your health. To be honest, this may be some of the most obvious information that we can send your way. An easy way to improve your home’s air quality is to keep it smoke-free!

If today’s blog can encourage even one person to either quit smoking or insist that smoking stop within the confines of his or her home, we have done our job. It cannot be stated enough that cigarette smoke is lethal. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, “smoking is related to more than 85% of lung cancer cases in Canada. The risk of developing lung cancer is influenced by how long a person smoked, their age when they started smoking and the number of cigarettes smoked each day.”

Again, it needs to be stressed that non-smokers can be impacted by cigarette smoke. Especially for those who have respiratory issues such as asthma, being around cigarette smoke in any capacity is a bad idea. “Second-hand smoke contains the same chemicals as smoke that is actively inhaled,” reveals the Canadian Cancer Society, “People exposed to second-hand smoke have an increased risk of lung cancer. Second-hand smoke is a main risk factor for lung cancer among non-smokers. No amount of exposure to second-hand smoke is safe.”

WedMD.com insists that cigarette smoke is, in fact, the “number one culprit” when it comes to indoor air pollution. It is, without a doubt, the leader of the pack (pun intended, we suppose) when it comes to worst enemies of indoor air quality. “Nearly 5,000 toxins make tobacco smoke the most toxic indoor pollutant,” reveals the website, “The greatest percentage of lung cancers is caused by cigarette smoke. Even secondhand smoke raises your risk of cancer, heart attack, and stroke.”

Not surprisingly, the Canadian Cancer Society strongly agrees. “Smoking tobacco, particularly cigarettes, is the main cause of lung cancer,” they state, “tobacco smoke contains many harmful chemicals that can cause cancer (are carcinogenic). Smoking affects a person’s health and causes genetic changes in the cells of the lung that lead to the development of lung cancer.” To be honest, we can’t think of a single reason that people still choose to smoke cigarettes!

Okay, we get it. It’s an addiction. And that makes it hard to break. If you struggle with this addiction, we highly recommend that you seek assistance in beating it. And if you live with someone who smokes, we advise that you do your part in providing that assistance. At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we know the importance of breathing air free of pollutants. To learn more about our Air Quality Services, please call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.


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3 More Spring Cleaning Tips To Help You Breathe Better

Housewife holding bucket with cleaning equipment on color background. Conceptual photo of spring cleaning.May is here! And in yesterday’s blog, we revealed a couple of excellent spring cleaning tips that will serve to improve the indoor air quality of your home as you start your spring cleaning. As we pointed out, simply opening up the windows during the warmer months of the year won’t be enough to give you the clean breathing air you need for healthy living. It’s also important to minimize moisture while dusting and vacuuming in as many areas as you can.

However, as Yvonne Braj of MoldBlogger.com notes, “although getting rid of the dust in all the crevices within our homes is a fantastic start…it’s not just the dust that we need to pay attention to. More and more research is telling us that our indoor air quality can be far worse than what we find outdoors, and our health, comfort and well-being are suffering.” So what are the other important steps to take in your spring cleaning routines? Today’s second of a two-part blog has the answers!

Here are three more spring cleaning tips to help you breathe better:

1. Stock up on house plants. You may not consider yourself one who has a green thumb. But a person who likes to have clean air to breathe is one who fills his or her home with plants. Now, you don’t necessarily have to have plants in every room. And, no you don’t really have to “fill” your home with greenery. However, plants go a long way in helping you to breathe better. As CasselHomeComfort.com points out, they are a “natural filtration system”.

“Houseplants are the cheapest and most beautiful way to improve your indoor air quality,” says the site, pointing out that a Clean Air Study conducted by NASA found that “many common indoor houseplants provide a natural way of removing toxins from the air, helping to alleviate ‘sick building syndrome.’ They call these plants ‘nature’s life support system.’ In the study, it is suggested that to achieve effective air purification, you should have one potted plant for every 100 square feet of home or office space.”

2. Keep your cleaning products green. While adding green to your home by way of potted plants is a great idea, you’ll want to keep the whole “green” thing going when it comes to your household cleaners. While fresh-smelling cleansers often give you the impression that you’ve left your place as clean as can be, they often contain Volatile Organic Compounds or “VOC’s”. And they don’t do the air we breathe any favours.

“Whenever you can, try to choose water based or more natural products while cleaning, advises Braj, “By choosing non-toxic, non-aerosol and unscented products we reduce the amount of burden they are putting on our indoor air quality. A quick internet search will reveals dozens of natural disinfectant alternatives. It is also important to regularly check labels on synthetic cleaning products in an effort to help reduce exposure to formaldehyde and other unwanted pollutants.”

3. Change up your air filters. Many of us use air filters to trap air pollutants, dirt, dust and other debris from circulating around our homes, acknowledges CasselHomeComfort.com. But because air filters can get clogged up, it’s important to change them every 30-90 days, says the site, noting that it’s important that you check on your air filters on a monthly basis. Changing them when necessary will greatly improve your indoor air quality.

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we would argue that the absolute best way to ensure that your home is enjoying the best possible indoor air quality is to have professionals assess it for you. Our Air Quality Services incorporate thorough inspections to locate any causes of concern so that they may be corrected efficiently. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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