Although the bedroom is supposed to be a place of rest and rejuvenation, the air quality in the average bedroom is poor and sometimes toxic. The standard mattress releases gases of chemicals used in the manufacturing process. This can go on for years after purchase. Most people have no idea that they are sleeping on a mattress of synthetic materials and often manufactures with formaldehyde and various carcinogenic chemicals. Your bed may be making you sick. Needless to say that our largest organ, the skin will absorb whatever we’re sleeping on. We also breath in the chemicals in bedding and furniture. Pesticides, herbicides, fire retardants, and stain-resistant solvents are routinely used to manufacture bedding. Wood bed frames may be treated with paint or stain. Metal frames may be treated with chemicals to keep them from rusting. Sheets and blankets advertised as Wrinkle Free indicate the presence of additional chemicals. Your synthetic mattress is the single biggest contributor to poor air quality in your bedroom. Synthetic polyurethane, pillows, mattress, sofas, and chairs, is made from petrochemicals that are carcinogenic. If this material was to burn, it is incredibly toxic. There are countries with laws that require manufacturers of beds and bedding to treat their products with flame retardants. All of this contributes to the poor air quality of your bedroom. In case you did not know about the danger of flame retardants, let me share with you some quick know-how. Poly- brominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs for short, are commonly used fire retardants. As a class they tend to be toxic and endocrine disruptors. They also disrupt the brains of developing fetuses. The retardants escape from foam cushions as household dust. They have been found in tissues of people as well as accumulating in breast tissue. With all these problems, furniture manufacturers do not reveal what is in their products and even if you were to try to get exact information about materials, you will get vague claims about their materials being natural and green and enviro-friendly, all of which are assuring to the ears but not good health. People have experience bad headaches after one night's sleep on new mattress or even liquid air fresheners. Can you imagine six to eight hours or so of breathing toxins. In general it is a good practice to encase your bed (and pillows) with a cotton barrier. You may be thinking that plastic would be better, but plastic will also out gas. A cotton barrier will reduce mattress emissions, dust mites, and allergens from the air. If your bed frame is treated with some sort of paint or stain, consider a sealant. Another way to improve indoor air quality is to use a natural air purifier. These are especially good for people that experience breathing problems or sleep apnea. As materials age, they release chemicals into the air that irritate the airway. If you’re looking to buy a new bed, there are many green varieties available in organic cotton, wool, and natural latex. Another alternative is to buy a used mattress. Used mattresses have out gassed most of their chemicals. If you decide to buy a natural mattress, specify organic wool. If your bed is made of particleboard, it is definitely releasing formaldehyde. Needless to say, air quality can affect the quality of sleep you get. Air fresheners, dirty air filters, and even candles contribute to the air pollution of your bedroom. If you notice you don’t breath well in your bedroom or that you sneeze, cough, or your sinuses generally become irritated, consider getting an air purifier. The newer models are quiet and you’ll be amazed at how better rested you’ll be. You may also find that your allergies improve. Candles have been in use for a long time in bedrooms, especially the kind with aromas. You may get the aroma, but do remember that the longer the candle burns, the lesser the oxygen content in the air. Look for mattresses and bedding that are made from natural products such as latex and watch for labels that claim to be stain resistant or wrinkle free. That means the bedding has been treated with chemicals. Lastly, if you have bought new furniture and do get synthetic smells, let them sit in the garage for a few days. It will go a long way in helping to reduce the amount of indoor air pollution. Many consumers may not be aware that formaldehyde, a toxin and carcinogen commonly used in the embalming process, is also one of the most common ingredients in many materials that make up a normal home.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Rainbow Sales & Service:
Quality comes from experience
Rainbow Sales & Service is known for its professional, thorough and cost-efficient solutions. So many recommendations by all who use and see the RAINBOW. Here are some of them.
- Even though I purchased my Rainbow only a few weeks ago, it is the best investment I’ve made in a while. The difference it has made on my floors and carpet is unbelievable. It is also fun to use. The best thing was when my husband & daughter noticed the difference in the floors and the whole environment. After I vacuumed one day, my daughter remarked how clean it smelled! This is one product that I will always stand by and would recommend to anyone and everyone. As a healthcare professional, I know the importance of decreasing the allergens and dust in the home. The Rainbow system can only be a positive addition to the home, and I am so glad I have one! Sincerely, Anne Sammons
- “I’ve owned a Rainbow for 15 years. Now I’m on my third machine.I can’t believe how much sand and dust it picks up! The air in my home is so clean! You can smell the difference. I don’t have to dust as often and there are no pet odors while I vacuum. My new model is running quietly all the time to clean the air.” Katherine
- My son and I were on allergy shots until I invested in the Rainbow. Since all the dust, dander, pet hair, etc. filters through water; nothing comes out of the exhaust but fresh, water-washed air. We haven’t needed allergy medication since we bought the Rainbow. Thanks.” Kevin
- “Every morning my husband gets up and runs through the same cycle: sneezing, blowing, coughing; over and over again. We decided to take a friend’s advice and try out a Rainbow Vacuum in our home and we loved it! We now have less dust, cleaner air to breathe, and I don’t have to hear my husband every morning! A cleaner and healthier house makes me happy and if I’m happy; everyone’s happy!” Allison
What our customers say about our work
When I come to your home, I will show you how to make your home a much healthier environment, doing it the nature’s way, using water. Don’t take my word for it yet, see what our loyal customers have to say. Would you like to see the quality of our Rainbow Cleaning System first hand? I would be happy to come to your home and show you this amazing product for a healthier home.