Although it seems not dirty, the wall can be a place for germs breeding, you know. Therefore, it is important that you choose a safe wall paint for the health so that your beloved family is spared from this germ infection.
Germs are small organisms that can cause illness. One of them is bacteria. Bacteria can survive for quite a long time even if not inside the human body, including when sticking to the walls of your home. From there, the bacteria can get into the body and cause various diseases, such as urinary tract infections, sore throat, even pneumonia.
How can germs and bacteria stick in the wall?
Bacteria and other germs, such as viruses and fungi, can move places through wind, dust, flies, or human hands. They can stick in walls, household furniture, kitchens, bathrooms, and corners of your home.
On fabrics, such as curtains, bed linen, or tablecloths, the bacteria are able to survive for 21 days. While sticking in the furniture of houses made of plastic (polyethylene), such as bathtubs, bins, or a style, they can last up to 22 – 90 days.
Meanwhile, if sticking to the wall, the bacteria are able to survive for quite a long time, depending on the humidity level of the wall, pH, and the type of wall paint used. A study reveals that even though it has been 7 days, bacteria can still live on the surface of the wall.
How to choose family-safe paints
Because of the invisible germs, many people think that the house wall is clean from germs. Though, when you use a microscope, you can see millions of bacteria and also mushrooms sticking to the wall of the house. Some of these germs are even able to divide every 20 minutes.
For family health in the home is always awake, there are several ways to choose a safe wall paint, namely:
Note the VOC content
Most of the wall paint contains VOC (volatile organic compounds) which is quite high. VOC is a chemical that is able to evaporate and cause health problems, especially when inhalation for too long.
Therefore, it is advisable to choose a wall paint that contains fewer VOCS, such as water-based paint that is faster to dry.
Choose a wall paint containing silver-ion
Silver-ions are particles of silver metal that have been proven capable of fighting the killing of bacteria and other germs. Silver-ion itself has been used in the medical world as an antimicrobial coating on a wide range of medical supplies, ranging from medical tools to drugs to heal wounds.
In fact, silver-ions are also often used in paints that coat the walls of hospitals. So, by choosing a wall paint that contains silver-ions, bacteria and germs that are attached to the wall of your house will die, so it does not interfere with your health as a family.
Avoid wall paint with lead content
Lead is a highly toxic metal and can cause health problems. This metal is known to cause damage to the brain and nervous system and disrupt the growth process in children. While in adults, this metal can cause fertility disorders to nerve disorders.
To protect your family, pay attention to the lead levels in the wall paint in your home. The maximum allowed lead limit is 90 ppm. However, it is better to select the paint that is completely not containing lead.
Besides observing the contents, choosing easy to clean wall paint is very important. The reason is, the walls of the house need to be cleaned regularly, but not all paints can survive if repeatedly cleaned.
Well, from the explanation above can conclude that the good paint is the content is safe, not easily contaminated bacteria and germs or containing silver-ions, as well as easy to clean. By choosing the wall paint with this quality, not only the house so looks beautiful, you can also protect the family from the threat of illness.
But, in addition, do not forget to apply healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious food every day, regular exercise, adequate rest, and stress control to keep your body endurance strong against germ attacks.
If during the process of painting the house or after the house is finished painted you or a family member experiencing headaches, nausea, dizziness, or shortness of breath, it is recommended to consult a doctor to get the appropriate treatment.