The ritual of spring cleaning
Spring is known for a few things, among them the ritual of spring cleaning. That entails a good old fashioned scrub of everything and a substantial decluttering. Not only does this one-two punch make your house sparkle, experts say it has an additional psychological benefit. But, a word of caution. The process of cleaning itself releases particulate matter into the air and cleaning agents can release harmful fumes into the air.
First, let’s walk through a deep cleaning process. What does that entail? The doyenne of domesticity, Martha Stewart, is the authority on the subject. She hits it all, including but not limited to: dusting lightbulbs, shampooing rugs, and washing blinds.
Harmful Cleaning Agents
Note, however, that cleaning supplies that release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be harmful when inhaled. Bleach and ammonia are well known irritants, but less obvious products containing VOCs and other toxic fumes include aerosol sprays, air fresheners, detergent, rug cleaners, and furniture polish.
Have you ever heard the saying, “Clean space, clear mind”? Well it’s true and there’s a psychological explanation for why. Clutter is said to be a stressor by overwhelming us with excessive stimuli and by presenting us with a constant reminder that there is still stuff to be done. Clutter also correlates with less physical activity, and getting those piles off surfaces, clusters off floors, and stacks out of the closets can increase your level of physical activity and motivate you to take better care of your health. However, there is a down side to decluttering. All that shifting of piles can release particulate matter like dust and mould into the air during the process.
A Safe Solution
To combat VOCs when cleaning, make sure your home is well ventilated and use products that have reduced levels of VOCs. Safer Choice is a handy resource. You can also make old fashioned cleaning solutions using things like baking soda and vinegar. These options are a frugal alternative to store-bought products, and they emit fewer VOCs. Finally, the addition of an Airmega air purifier can round out the defense against VOCs and reduce the amount of particulate matter released during the spring cleaning and decluttering process.
1Coway air purifiers has been proven to trap dust, pollen, dander, viruses and bacteria in the air based on KCL (Korea Conformity Laboratories) testing.They have been tested in a 30㎥ size chamber according to the Korea Air Cleaning Association standard (SPS-KACA 002-132:2022 Modified) to measure the 0.01㎛ size of particle removal rate. It was tested on maximum airflow speed in normal room temperature and humidity conditions. The performance may vary in the actual living environment of customers.
→ Tested with Airmega Aim, 150, 160, AP-1216L, AP-1512HH, AP-1512HHS, 200M, Icon, IconS, 230, 240, 250, 250 Art, 250S, 300, 300S, 400, 400S, ProX
299.97% of viruses, bacteria, fungi and pollen were verified to be removed from the air for Coway air purifiers which have Green True HEPA™ filter applied based on the Japan Food Research Laboratories(JFRL) testing according to JEM 1467 standard.
→ Tested with Coway Airmega AP-1512HH, AP-1512HHS, 250, 250 Art, 250S, 300, 300S, 400, 400S
→ All tested by JFRL and received above result within below time.
All tested by JFRL and received above result within below time.
- Virus: Tested with Escherichia coli phage ΦX174 NBRC 103405, 60 minutes
- Bacteria: Tested with Staphylococcus epidermidis NBRC 12993, 60 minutes
- Fungi/Mold: Tested with Penicillium citrinum NBRC 6352, 60 minutes
- Pollen: Tested with Cedar Pollen extract, 60 minutes
3Aerosol test conducted in a Biosafety level 3 laboratory with two Coway air purifier models, Coway Airmega 250 and 400 for removal of SARS-CoV-2 Aerosol by US based MRI Global, a not-for-profit laboratory and partner of US Department of Defense. The test was conducted in a 13.1ft3 chamber. Virus was aerosolized for 15 minutes and the product was turned on high for 2 minutes. Result showed each product effectively removed over 99.98% of the SARS-CoV-2 in 2 minutes. This is a result from a laboratory experiment condition and result may vary in different conditions. This result does not imply it kills SARS-CoV-2 or prevents the transmission of Covid-19. Coway Airmega 250S and 400S are identical to the tested models and has equal performance with an additional mobile connectivity function.
4The concentration of ammonia, acetaldehyde and acetic acid were proven to be removed within 30 minutes by FCG Research Institute, Inc. Human Life Science Lab. It is not a demonstration result in the actual use space. Not all odors and gases may be supported. → Tested with Coway Airmega 150, 160, AP-1512HH, AP-1512HHS, 400, 400S
5The coverage area of the air purifier is based on an area where the air cleaner can make two air changes per hour (ACPH). An air change per hour translates to how many times an air purifier can clean an area, assuming the height of a ceiling to be 8 ft, in one hour. Therefore ** means two air changes per hour means that the cleaner can clean the area once every 30 minutes and * means air changes per hour means that the air purifier can clean the area once every 60 minutes.
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