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Innosanitation - The Wave Of The Future, Part 2

Updated on March 20, 2011

Ultraviolet Light

Various companies are developing self-cleaning surfaces that harness the power of ultraviolet (UV) light to disinfect and clean residential spaces. Ultraviolet oxidation has been used to remove harmful VOCs from indoor air, and has been the subject of extensive research. UV companies make a variety of affordable UV cleaning tools, including sanitizing wands and sweepers. Some products looks like a vacuum with no room for a bag, but it is in actuality a lightweight (2.4 pounds) and easy to use cordless sweeper that is effective against dust mites, flea eggs, bacteria and viruses. The sanitizing wands (which come in two sizes) are handheld devices that use UV light to sanitize computer keyboards, mattresses and bedding, sofas, toys and just about anything else in your house. These are also available as UV pulsed-light and diode-based products.

Some UV companies also make a portable toothbrush sanitizer and a small item sanitizer, for use at home. When you place your small household belongings into a UV device it quickly kills germs. It is recommended for items such as jewelry, baby toys, dentures, tweezers and makeup sponges and applicators. UV tools for the home include a small handheld vacuum that easily eliminates mold, dust mites, bacteria and more from upholstered furniture, bedding and mattresses, pet areas, carpet, curtains and more. These areas of your home can be hard to clean and sanitize in other ways; UV light products offer an easy and nontoxic way to clean these areas. Many of these products are battery-powered and conveniently cordless.

Other companies make UV light cleaning products as well, including American Ultraviolet UV Cleaning Systems, Inc., which makes air and water purification systems for residential and commercial use. UV air purifiers improve home indoor air quality and improve everyone's health, particularly those who suffer from asthma and/or allergies. Unlike traditional air purifiers, UV air purifiers do not rely on filters, which in themselves can cause problems by allowing pathogens to breed. These units are effective against mold, bacteria, viruses, odors and VOCs. Studies have shown that UV air purification systems can help prevent the spread of influenza, measles, smallpox, tuberculosis and other infections. Add one to your household and you will breathe easier.

Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

Long used throughout Europe, from hotels and hospitals to households, microfiber cleaning cloths have been making great strides in the American market and numerous companies have entered the field. You may already own a microfiber cloth for cleaning your eyeglasses, computer screens or camera lenses.

Working without any cleaning chemics, microfiber cloths used at home depend on a series of wedge-shaped polyester filaments and a core of nylon, shaped with remarkably tiny hooks and loops. The sharp edges in the texture cut through stains and attract dirt, lifting it up and trapping it in the cloth. Microfiber cloths can be used for both dry and wet cleaning. The high absorbency nature of the cloth means it can both clean and polish simultaneously, using just water and without any detergent. Just rinse the dirt away with hot water when you are done cleaning.

Continued In: Innosanitation - The Wave Of The Future, Part 3

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