What is this “footprint”?
A building over time accumulates germs, i.e. mould and bacteria, from the environment and from the people and animals that frequent that building. This happens through everyday life simple activities like
- open the doors and windows to blow in “fresh air”. The air is always contaminated with airborne particles that carry mould and bacteria. The type of airborne germs will depend on
– where you live (e.g. inland, coastal, heavily forested, industrial, bushfire smoke. etc…….)
– the natural plant life around the building
- people living in the building
– healthy people have their own normal mould and bacteria
– sick people contaminate the building with their bugs
– the volume of visitors increases the diversity of introduced bugs to the building
- animals allowed into the building
– they bring their own types of germs
Over time the building will stabilise with a set of germs (dormant or low level active) that the humans become acclimatised and inoculated against.
Cleaning regimes may or may not be as thorough as needed to minimise these bugs. In particular, some bacteria that need to be avoided in the home include E Coli (found in faeces), Salmonella (raw meat, eggs and dairy) and Listeria (soft cheeses, dairy and raw food).
Why do you get sick when you move into a new premise?
Many people move into a new home (rental, newly built or otherwise) and find they get ill. It is very common.
The simple answer is that the new occupants are likely being introduced to a set of new bugs that their bodies need to build up an immunity to.
Even when there has been a clean after the previous occupiers have left, the cleaning does not go so far as to clean out the internals of air conditioning ducting or filters, cleaning of all wall and floor surfaces, cleaning of all cupboards internally and externally. Additionally, even when there has been a clean it is not done from the aspect of thorough sanitisation, it is more about tidying and general cleaning.
What is required for a healthy indoor home environment?
- A supply of fresh clean air with reduced air pollutants and irritants
- Elimination of dust, allergens and toxic organisms (mould, yeast, and bacteria)
What low-cost steps can you take?
This is easy with SAN-AIR’s natural products and a little bit of your own time. To maximise the health of your new premises here is a checklist to help you live and work in a healthy environment.
To ensure you maximise the health of your new home/office put the time and effort in to do as many items on the list to reduce the levels of mould and bacteria:
- Air Conditioning (this has a high impact on air purity)
- Ducted – place SAN-AIR Air Conditioning Bio-Clean Gel in the air return, close all doors and windows and use for a couple of hours to sanitise the internals immediately.
- Split-system – use SAN-AIR Split System Bio-Clean Gel and run the air conditioner for a couple of hours with all doors and windows closed.
- Filters – use SAN-AIR coil cleaner to clean these before moving in.
- Internal coils – depending upon the ease of access (get professional help if ladders are needed) – use SAN-AIR coil cleaner.
- Clean walls and floors – use SAN-AIR Surface Mould Remover.
- Clean bathrooms, laundry and any other wet areas -follow this with a thin surface mist of SAN-AIR Surface Mould Remover.
- Sanitise your drains – use SAN-AIR Drain Gel.
- Wash curtains and blinds.
- Clean carpets and finish with a light spray of SAN-AIR Surface Mould Remover and let air dry.
- Empty and wash bins – afterwards spray with SAN-AIR Surface Mould Remover and let air dry.
- Clean windows – use SAN-AIR Surface Mould Remover on the window frames.
- Wipe all surfaces with SAN-AIR Surface Mould Remover and finish off with a fine residual mist. Make sure you include in this:-
– wiping all door and cupboard handles.
– wiping inside of refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, clothes washer, dryer and microwave; and
– cupboard shelves.
10. Now that you’ve done all this hard work, maintain the health of your home/office using SAN-AIR Mould Gone.