Indoor Air Quality Tips for Spring With Fiber-Seal

The Scout Guide and Fiber-Seal share tips on healthy indoor air quality & sustainable homes.

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As a homeowner, you are in control of the sustainability of your home. With so many factors to consider, it is important to make the right choices that are not only healthiest for you but also for the planet. Today we are going to share a few tips on how to have healthy indoor air quality & more sustainable homes. Here are our indoor air quality tips for spring!

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DUST

Regular surface cleaning is your first line of defense against dust buildup. Dust your hard surfaces with their respective dust cleaner types (glass cleaner for glass) or a damp towel. Why? Because methods like dry dusting or using air dust cleaners will only shuffle dust particles around your home, rather than removing them for good. For soft surfaces, such as a cozy armchair or sofa, you can damp dust to remove dust, dirt, and soiling on the surface level.

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VACUUM

One of the easiest ways you can improve your indoor air quality is by vacuuming regularly. This helps remove any dirt, hair, and particulate matter that can trigger allergies and cause lower air quality conditions. We recommend vacuuming your upholstery fabrics once a week, and your rugs and carpets at least twice a week for the best results. If you have pets that shed, we recommend vacuuming every other day for best results.

Pro tip: When purchasing a vacuum, look for one that has a HEPA filter. These filters are good for catching 99.97% of particles such as dust, pollen, dirt, and pet hair.

Check out a list of the best-rated HEPA vacuums for Spring 2024 here.

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SPRAYS

Be mindful of anything that you are spraying in your home. From room fresheners to cleaning products, you will want to make sure they will not pollute your indoor air quality. Always read the active ingredients list to see what you will be releasing into your home. Most of us know to look out for words like danger and toxic, but it is often the misleading “sustainable” marketing tactics that trick consumers. As Tonya Harris, author of The Slightly Greener Method puts it, “Certain words – natural, plant-based, nontoxic, organic – regularly used on cleaning products are unregulated, making their appearance on labels meaningless.”

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Keep an eye out for red-flag words on cleaning products, including 2-butoxyethanol (2-BE), coal tar dyes, fragrances, phosphates, chlorine bleach, and ammonia. These substances have been linked to adverse effects on both our health and the environment. 

When it comes time to keeping clean fabric and floor coverings, the Fiber-Seal Fabric Care Kit has all of the eco-responsible cleaning products you need to maintain the furnishings in your home. These care kits are provided to Fiber-Seal clients after receiving fabric protection services.

The expertly crafted lineup of fabric protection products offered by Fiber-Seal not only simplifies maintenance and the removal of spots and spills but also prolongs the life of your furnishings, contributing to a sustainable home environment.

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ECO-RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTS

Fiber-Seal fabric protection spray meets all air quality standards, are safe for your family (including pets!), and our most popular protection products are even GREENGUARD Gold Certified.
The GREENGUARD Gold Certification process includes:

• Testing and certifying products for low chemical emissions (VOCs)
• Helping to reduce indoor air pollution, minimize chemical exposure and create healthier indoor environments
• Allowing consumers to identify and integrate certified, healthier, more sustainable products into their homes and offices

Our application process limits airborne particles in your space and the application times are shorter than having your home painted!

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MAKING SUSTAINABLE HOMES

You would be amazed by the amount of furnishings we see thrown out each year due to minor spots or signs of wear. By choosing Fiber-Seal protection and utilizing the tools we give you to maintain them, you can extend the life of your furnishings, allowing them to look amazing for years to come!

Feel better about your indoor air quality and the sustainability of your home by applying these tips for a healthier and more eco-responsible lifestyle.