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If you care for indoor plants they will care for you!
Conclusions for VOC Abatement in Indoor Air
* Source: NASA, John C. Stennis Space Center, Science and Technology Laboratory, Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement, Final Report by B.C. Wolverton, Anne Johnson, and Keith Bounds.
English ivy
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Warnecki
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Green spider plant
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Gerbara daisy
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Mums
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Peace lily
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Heart leaf philodendron
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Elephant ear philodendron
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Mother-in-laws tongue
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Gerbera daisy
English ivy
Marginata
Peace lily
The best species for removing Trichloroethylene are:
Gerbara daisy
Mums
English ivy
Mother-in-laws tongue
Warnecki
Peace lily
The best species for removing Benzene are:
Banana
Mother-in-laws tongue
English ivy
Bamboo palm
Heart leaf philodendron
Elephant ear philodendron
Green spider plant
The best species for removing Formaldehyde are:
VOC Abatement for Indoor Air * 
 
The air in enclosed spaces such as your home or office contains traces of volatile organic chemicals ( VOC's ), such as Benzene, Formaldehyde, and Trichloroethylene, which eminate from new building materials, interior finishes, furnishings, and equipment. Some of the most common sources of these toxic chemicals are pressed wood products, carpets, copying and printing machines, computers, furnishings, cigarette smoke, paints, adhesives, caulking, drywall compound, solvents, perfumes, and hair spray.
 
Formaldehyde is a ubiquitous chemical present in virtually all indoor environments. It is found in pressed wood products such as particle board, paper products, common cleaning products, as well as water repellants, fire retardants, and adhesive binders used in common building products such as drywall compound, furnishings, fabrics, and carpets. Formaldehyde is also found in cigarette smoke. It is a highly reactive chemical that combines with protein and irritates the mucous membranes of eyes, nose, and throat. Illnesses attributed to formaldehyde exposure include asthma, and throat cancer.
 
Benzene is a commonly used solvent found in gasoline, inks, oils, paints, plastics, and cigarette smoke. It is a skin and eye irritant and chronic exposure to even low levels causes headaches, loss of appetite, drowsiness, nervousness, psychological disturbances, and illnesses such as anemia and bone marrow disease.
 
Trichloroethylene is used in metal degreasing and dry-cleaning. It is found in inks, paints, lacquers, varnishes, and adhesives, as well as paint and varnish removers. Symptoms of inhalation start with headache, dizziness, and confusion. The National Cancer Institute considers this chemical to be a liver carcinogen.
 
Plants are excellent air cleaners. 
 
NASA tested the ability of 12 species of common low-light requiring houseplants and their associated soil microorganisms to remove these harmful VOC's from confined air spaces. The results showed that they do a very good job.
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Independent lab testing confirmed that Ceiling Doctor’s exclusive cleaning process kills mould, fungi, and bacteria on office acoustic t-bar ceilings. To date we estimate that Ceiling Doctor has helped over two million people to breathe easier at work.
Source Building Science Corporation - Relative Humidity by Joseph Lstiburek
Managing Relative Humidity for Health.
 
You can measure the relative humidity of your indoor air with a reasonably priced relative humidity indicator, available at most local hardware stores. To minimize bacteria, viruses, fungi, mould, mites, respiratory infections, allergic rhinitus and asthma keep your relative humidity in the range of 35% to 50%. Adding moisture to the air with humidifiers in the winter months will help to prevent the growth of bacteria and viruses. Drying the air with dehumidifiers and air conditioners in the summer months will help to prevent the growth of bacteria, viruses, mites, mould and fungi.
 
Even with careful management, the relative humidity of your indoor air may not stay fully optimal all of the time. Mould, mites, bacteria, and other opportunistic pathogens may start to make their presence known. That’s why it is important to steam/ extract/ deep clean ceilings, carpets, upholstery, and fabric partitions, as well as to clean your HVAC duct work periodically. Your employees will thank you by staying healthy and productive.
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Particle Size Comparison Chart
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Managing Relative Humidity Chart
Source WIKIPEDIA.
About indoor air particles.
Dust Mites
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What can you do to keep mites, and other unwanted pests under control?

Vacuum ceilings, carpets, upholstery, and fabric partitions, at least once per week. However, mites use their hooked legs to hang on so well that only a fraction of these little pests can be removed by vacuuming. That’s why it is important to steam/ extract/ deep clean these same surfaces, and to clean your HVAC duct work periodically. Your employees will thank you by staying healthy and productive.
In the average office there can be over two million dust mites. They can double their numbers in ten hours and each mite produces ten to twenty droppings per day. This can result in a total of one hundred thousand dead bodies and thirty million pieces of feces added to your office every day. Microscopic mite feces and body fragments are small enough to be airborne, and approximately 80 percent of all allergy sufferers are allergic to airborne mite refuse.
 
The symptoms of mite sensitization in humans are asthma (88% of cases), rhinitis (90% of cases), conjunctivitis (57% of cases), and dermatitis (12% of cases).                      Source WIKIPEDIA.
Dust Mites Can Be Trouble. 
 
Mites are arthropods, close relatives to spiders. They're found just about everywhere on our planet, even as deep as 15,000 feet under the ocean, and they have been here a very long time. Mite fossils have been found that date back nearly 400 million years and about 48,200 different kinds of mites have been discovered and described to date.
 
"Dust mites" at about 0.3 mm in length are invisible to the naked eye, and reside in your carpets, upholstery, drapes, office partitions, and any other fabrics or surfaces where they can feed on dead skin fragments. Dead skin cells commonly make up 80% of indoor dust.  

 

 
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