For parents with babies and young children, maintaining a home that is free of germs and toxins is probably at the top of their priorities. While regular sanitizing and cleaning might seem like enough to keep your home safe and healthy for children and pets, what we often tend to forget is that our floors are constantly exposed to chemicals, dirt, and germs from outside on a day-to-day basis. By using simple yet effective products such as specialized entrance mats, it is possible to substantially reduce the dispersion of toxins from the outdoors.
Our Indoor Floors are Used More Often than We Think
Babies spend most of their time on the floor and even toddlers and young children spend a considerable amount of time playing on it, as well. Toys of all sorts and items such as blankets, pillows, and plush animals are constantly dragged on the floor, exposing them to anything that happens to be there.
It is impossible to keep track of the type and number of chemicals that enter our homes all through the year: for instance, in winter, sidewalks and driveways are frequently sprinkled with de-icing agents and salts. While these products simplify our lives, they can also pose a health hazard, as they are made of chemicals such as potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, and calcium carbonate, which are toxic to both humans and pets. Chemical deicers can irritate the skin and cause rashes; repeated exposure can result in the toxins entering the body.
What to Do
There are many methods that you could employ to keep the floors clean: you could spend time after people enter the house obsessively disinfecting the floors after them; you could also enforce a “no shoes in the house” rule, which can be a difficult habit to master for those that are unused to it. While these drastic measures can be effective, there are simpler and easier ways to ensure a clean floor.
Customized Entrance Mats Can Keep a Home Free of Germs and Chemicals
A common doormat can actually trap and harbor germs and chemicals, while re-contaminating the bottom of your shoes. Specialized antimicrobial entrance mats go through a powerful treatment during the manufacturing process. The fiber surface maintains a constant positive charge, thus being able to attract and trap negatively charged pollutants and microbes and ensuring that the bottoms of shoes are free of harmful foreign agents before entering the house.
Keeping a home free of unwanted chemicals and bacteria should not have to be a complicated process; it is just a matter of incorporating simple, yet highly effective, ideas into our lives and the right doormat can help anyone to achieve that.
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John Shelton is a father of three and knows first-hand the importance of keeping children safe from germs.