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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Creating a Healthy Home Environment: Mold and Mildew Free

Atlanta, Georgia – July 30, 2008 – Each summer, as temperature and humidity rise, mold invades thousands of homes. Some 10% of the U.S. population is sensitive to mold, and invisible mold spores cause countless allergic reactions, asthma attacks, and sinus infections, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Mold also wreaks havoc on building materials. In nature, mold breaks down decaying organic matter, but in a home, it can decompose floors, walls, and other structures.

Fortunately, mold growth can be controlled. “The key to mold control is moisture control,” says Steven Hong, home health specialist and president of Sylvane.com.

Hong offers the following tips for creating a healthy home environment that’s mold and mildew free:

Detecting Mold

  • Recognize Visible Mold – Mold grows in damp, dark environments. Commonly found in bathrooms and basements, it’s usually slimy or fuzzy in appearance, and its color may be green, black, orange, or purple.
  • Be Aware of Hidden Mold – Mold can grow behind walls and wallpaper, above ceiling tiles, and under sinks. If you notice a musty odor in a particular room, it’s likely coming from hidden mold. You can check for mold with a Mold Test Kit.

Preventing Mold

  • Clean Up Spills Immediately – If you have a spill, leak, or any kind of water damage in your home, clean and dry out the area immediately. Mold starts growing within 24-48 hours.
  • Keep Indoor Humidity LowDehumidifiers keep the humidity low by removing excess moisture from the air. Keep your home’s relative humidity below 50% to prevent mold growth.
  • Protect Your Basement – Basements are notorious for mold and mildew. Use a basement dehumidifier to prevent mold and mildew growth.
  • Defend Your Crawlspace – Crawlspaces are dark and damp – ideal environments for mold. Place a plastic vapor barrier on open earth to reduce moisture. Many crawlspaces require a crawlspace dehumidifier to keep the mold at bay.

Cleaning Up Mold

  • Carefully Clean Visible Mold – If you see visible mold growth, carefully clean it up with water and detergent. It’s impossible to completely remove mold from a porous surface such as drywall; this material will have to be removed and discarded.
  • Protect Yourself While Cleaning – The Environmental Protection Agency recommends wearing an N-95 respirator mask, gloves, and goggles while cleaning mold. Black mold or toxic mold (usually found in buildings with severe water damage) produces dangerous toxins that can cause neurological symptoms and even death. If you encounter extensive mold growth, or if you suspect that it may be toxic mold, contact a mold remediation professional.

“Indoor mold is a major cause of sinus infections, allergies, and asthma attacks, not to mention structural damage to buildings,” says Hong. “But if you control your home’s humidity, then mold doesn’t stand a chance.”

Sylvane.com is a leading online supplier of dehumidifiers and other products for creating a healthy, safe and comfortable home environment.

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Public Relations contact: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/


Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Tips to Achieve a Healthier, More Restful Nursery

Atlanta, Georgia – June 17, 2008 – While billions of dollars are spent yearly on strollers, high chairs, car seats, and other items to help infants stay safe and comfortable – parents often overlook the environmental health impact of the one place where their babies spend the majority of their time – the nursery.

Steven Hong, a specialist who designs healthier indoor environments for the home, and president of Sylvane.com (www.sylvane.com), offers these tips to help parents create a healthier restful environment for their infants:

  • Paint First, Breathe Later – Fresh paint may look great in a nursery, but lingering fumes can cause problems from nausea and eye irritation to internal damage. When decorating, plan – and paint – the nursery well ahead of mother’s due date. Otherwise, have the baby sleep in a different room until the fresh paint has dried and fully off-gassed.
  • Clear the Air – A baby’s lungs are very sensitive and pollutants, new furniture, plastics, new carpeting, mold, and even dust mites can irritate. Clear the air with a quality air purifier, or run the air conditioning. Keep ducts clean and change and clean furnace filters regularly.
  • The Weekly Wash – Dust mites thrive in moist areas and are a major source of allergies. Wash bedding at least once weekly in hot water to keep mites, and their excretions, from building up.
  • Clean Enough to Eat Off – Since babies spend much of their time on the floor and place nearly everything they touch in their mouths, it’s critical to keep floors clean and germ-free. Consider using a high quality HEPA-filtered vacuum or steam cleaner, at least weekly, to safely remove germs and particulates from floors and carpets.
  • Put Out the Cat – Keep pets out of nurseries and cribs. Pet dander can lead to allergic reactions, causing discomfort –and poor sleep. Moreover, pets may also bring in pests, such as ticks and flees, into the nursery from the outdoors.
  • It’s the Humidity – Control moisture levels to keep baby’s room comfortable year round. In the summer, humidity can cause odors and mold. In winter, heated air becomes dry, prompting sore throats and dry skin. An air conditioner or dehumidifier can help in the summer. A humidifier can add moisture, and comfort, in the heating season. If winter drafts are an issue, be sure any supplemental heating units are certified as child-safe.

“When parents create a comfortable environment in the nursery, they’re not only helping to ensure the health and well-being of their babies, but in turn might just allow themselves a bit more shuteye as well,” says Hong.

Sylvane.com (www.sylvane.com) is a leading online supplier of solutions for a healthy indoor environment.

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Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Simple Steps to a Healthier, Allergy-Free Home

Atlanta, Georgia – May 13, 2008 – Annually, allergies and asthma strike one out of every four Americans, causing untold suffering, sneezing and wheezing — as well as $6 billion in doctor visits and medication.

However, putting the right air treatment and cleaning strategies in place throughout your home can create a healthier living environment and help avoid allergy suffering, says, Steven Hong, home health specialist and president of Sylvane.com (http://www.sylvane.com/).

Hong offers these practical tips for a healthier, happier, and allergen-free home:

  • Keep Your Cool – Stay cool this summer with an air conditioner that cools, dehumidifies, and filters the air – rather than using fans which can re-circulate dust particles. Portable air conditioners (http://www.sylvane.com/portable-air-conditioners.html) offer the flexibility to be used in any room.
  • Steam Up to Clean UpSteam cleaners (http://www.sylvane.com/vapor-steam-cleaners.html) are the ultimate indoor cleaning tool for hard surfaces, grout, upholstery and carpet – as well as for addressing a host of allergy triggers, including: dust mites, mold, mildew, germs, and bacteria. The best steamers use absolutely no chemicals.
  • Filter for Change – Continue to breathe easy by keeping the filters clean in your home air treatment and cleaning equipment. Create a calendar noting when filters were last changed out and are due to be cleaned or replaced.

“With the right strategies in place anyone can easily create a healthy indoor environment. Plus, today’s equipment offer energy-saving features with a relatively small financial investment – making an allergen-free, happy home achievable for virtually anyone,” said Hong.

Sylvane.com (http://www.sylvane.com/) is a leading online supplier of air quality solutions and products for creating a healthy, safe and comfortable home environment.

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