I don’t have to worry about my collectibles smelling like stain or seal coating. We used two coats on a headboard, bed and two nightstands and they turned out beautiful. I don’t think it’s the products fault that it isn’t gone all the way.

Because it forms a continuous membrane when applied properly, it effectively seals any pollution or toxic chemical off-gassing and improves indoor air quality. One coat usually does it, but two will certainly take care of all odors.

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Hardseal is more flexible so it can be used over resilient type floors like vinyl.

Stone Care Chemicals by jondon.com

It provides a mold and mildew-resistant barrier that protects grout over the long term. It cuts through tough coatings, lacquers, varnishes, and epoxy grout haze with ease. Once treated with a protective sealer, natural stone is ready for carefree, everyday use!

This water-based formula is easy to apply and can be used on all interior natural stone. It also features a built-in sealer that helps protect surfaces with every cleaning, making them resistant to stains, dirt, as well as mold and mildew growth. It keeps grout looking new and can be applied as little as two hours after grouting. The original fluorochemical technology protects the surface while preserving the stone’s natural appearance. Effectively removes mineral deposits, rust stains, and more! It’s also effective on walls, countertops, and even tiled showers and fiberglass tubs. This penetrating sealer forms an invisible barrier that is resistant to moisture and stains while allowing vapor to escape.

Its professional strength, alkaline formula is safe on stone, so it will not etch. This low-solids, water-based formula for interior and exterior use protects grout and makes cleaning easier. Advanced penetrating microbond protection bonds the formula with the stone, providing for improved wear resistance too. It’s strong enough for daily professional use, but also ideal for a handy do-it-yourselfer.

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Your Granite Countertops Could Be Killing You by articles.mercola.com

Health physicists and radiation experts agree that most granite countertops emit radiation and radon at extremely low levels. Many people agree with me as they have become one of the most sought-after upgrades in residential housing over the last decade.

I believe it’s safe to say that not all granite emit dangerous levels of either radioactive radiation or radon, and you’re more likely to have high radon levels in your home due to radon in your water than due to your spiffy countertops. Especially troublesome are some of the more exotic granite varieties. However, you need to realize that even more important than radon are the radioactivity levels you’re continually exposed to in your home, some of which may be due to your granite countertops. When this type of radiation hits biological systems, such as your body, a cascade of chemical reactions is triggered. In fact, short but high radiation doses seem to be better tolerated by the human body than continuous but low radiation exposures. The specific activity of natural radionuclides varies substantially among different materials, but even within one type of material great dose variations can occur. The purpose of bringing this to your attention is not necessarily to have you rip out your installed granite counters, unless they measure very high and you’re near for a large part of the day.

As a side note, many smoke detectors are also radioactive in addition to emitting radon, as they are based on ionization. You can also hire a professional to do it for you, which may be a better option if you’re buying or selling a home. Your purchases help us support these charities and organizations.

Allegations that granite countertops may emit dangerous levels of radon and radiation have been raised periodically over the past decade.

And while most granite is perfectly harmless, most of the problems appear to be from some of the newer, more exotic varieties of granite. Luminous watches and smoke detectors are other sources of radon emissions that could be greater than that of your average granite countertop. Higher radon levels have been detected particularly in red, pink and purple granites. It has sufficient energy to knock off electrons to form ions; hence this process is called ionization. Biological risks are also associated with small radiation doses through the accumulation effect over a long period of time. A better option is to use a photoelectric smoke detector in your home. Geiger counters measure alpha, beta and gamma radiation, but not radon.

It detects radiation by how much the gas inside the tube is ionized. Radiation from the material, if any, will pass through the window and ionize the gas inside the tube. If this is higher than the level of the background radiation, then the material is radioactive. Geiger counters cannot accurately measure the presence of radon gas, specifically. Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste.

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Children and developing fetuses are also especially vulnerable to radiation, as it can cause other forms of cancer as well.

If you decide to go that route, contact your state radon office first to obtain a list of qualified testers.

Sealer Smell by aldonchem.com

If you are sensitive or allergic to petroleum solvents, we have two alternatives for you. Glaze” has almost no smell at all and creates a very tough film , some color enhancement and medium to high gloss. For the same reason that the gas company puts a chemical in natural gas to create odor, we would not mask the smell. As a policy of very conservative safety procedures, you should avoid breathing the fumes of any chemicals, even supermarket cleaning products. Direct fans down and across the floor – and out the windows and doorways to the outside. The more sealer volume has been put into the floor (on and below) the longer it takes to finish curing and stop producing a smell. Therefore, what you smell is not something to be classified as “fumes”, but only a residual smell. Ok, that makes sense to you, but you still smell it nonetheless?

We have done some informal experiments ourselves and have also discussed it with a few of those customers that report a lingering smell. Many of us have used one or more of the sealers in their own homes and have never reported a lingering smell. See if a few other people who have not been inside, smell it to the degree that you do. For instance, closing up the building 24 hours after application instead of waiting longer to get rid of every last minor amount of smell. With a highly absorbent surface you would have used more gallons down into the surface, as you should. Being dry on the surface in an hour does not mean it is dry below the surface.

Under some conditions of air migration within a building, or air non-movement in an enclosed area, the odor might last longer than a couple of days.

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Therefore, to make it go away faster – don’t just ventilate for one day, then close up the building again. Because the odor is heavier than air, it might be setting to the floor, especially if there is some barrier like a shower stall curb.

During application in a shower, some liquid might have run down the drain and be in the drain trap.

Normally, nobody would think this would apply to the smell, but like any other factor in a project, testing would alert you to any sensitivity.

You can get samples of each and see/smell the real differences with your surfacing. The smell is a cue to not breathe in fumes when applying the product. For solvent sensitive people (allergic) do not use petroleum based solvent based products in the house at all. After it has dried on the surface, and down below the surface and reached full cure, the liquid is gone. We hear that comment occasionally and have wondered why that would be. This was done with only the air movement of a couple of open windows and without fans. There are some people who simply have a highly acute sense of smell and are more sensitive to smells of all kinds. For some people, there seems to be a “memory” of smell that persists beyond the ability of the source to produce it. The effect for sensitive people would be greater if the project was not ventilated during and after application to a degree greater than required for the rest of us. There is the possibility you could be smelling something else used on the project with a more long lasting aroma.

The more gallons applied, the more time and air movement it might take as the liquid dries and cures. The volatile components will still be migrating out through the surface. It is not very predictable how long it will last, but it will go away depending on air movement. Using a heater of some kind to speed up the process may not be a benefit, and might even make a smell last longer.

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Direct a fan at the floor for awhile and see if that forces migration to a window exhaust fan. After the sealer is cured, run the shower for an hour or so to have the water flush out the drain trap. Therefore, no matter how confident you are, whether first time user or seasoned professional, it just makes good sense to patch test a small area and evaluate the results in a few hours before doing a large area.

Sealants: Water Based Polyurethane Stains and Other Finishes by healthyhouseinstitute.com

In most cases, polyurethane finishes are clear (some have stains or solid pigments added) and they work well at protecting wood surfaces. As a result, many very chemically sensitive individuals find that water-based polyurethane finishes are quite tolerable. You should also consider what sheen (light reflectablity) you want.

Yet, when they’re wet and during their drying period, some formulations are somewhat more odorous than the water-based polyurethane finishes. Chemically sensitive individuals often report that some clear acrylic finishes take up to two months before they are tolerable to them.

Many sensitive people find that such sealers help, but not enough to make a bothersome material tolerable. It uses purified lac resin (a secretion deposited on tree branches by female lac insects) as its binding agent. As it turns out, shellac produces a fairly tough finish that is commonly used to coat wood. It’s important to understand that shellac is neither a water-based, nor an oil-based, product. However, most brands today contain a few additives—sometimes synthetic ones. A penetrating-oil finish doesn’t leave a thin, hard coating on wood surfaces, but instead it penetrates down for some distance into a piece and saturates the very fibers of the wood itself. And, they can remain quite odorous for a considerable amount of time afterwards as well.

While raw linseed oil will not dry properly when applied to wood, boiled linseed oil will.

Instead, manufacturers add toxic heavy-metal additives, such as lead acetate or cobalt manganese, to aid in drying. One final note, if you find you need to use a penetrating oil finish on salad bowls or kitchen-knife handles, consider using virgin olive oil. Like penetrating oils, waxes provide protection that can be easily repaired if a scratched area should develop. Therefore, these pure waxes are heated or mixed with denatured alcohol, turpentine, or another volatile solvent to make them more workable.

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However, it should be noted that, once the added solvent has completely evaporated, the finish could be quite acceptable for these very same people. Therefore, make sure to check the ingredients of any wax product before purchasing it, if such ingredients could be a problem for you. Although some people may find this attractive, others may find it bothersome. To find a beekeeper, check your local classified telephone directory. Often, you’ll be able to find carnuba wax in your local hardware store. Interestingly, these compounds have a similar chemical composition to ordinary window glass.

But water glass is still sometimes used as an effective grout and concrete sealer. The result is the creation of a hard, clear, crystalline surface that’s very durable. It should be noted that water glass should not be applied to a concrete floor—if you ever plan to apply ceramic tile to it later. As a result, it would prevent the adhesion of the ceramic-tile mortar. A little goes a long way, and applying too much could result in a film that might peel off.

And by leaving them natural, you’ll avoid using at least one potentially bothersome product—wood stain. While water-based stains generally don’t appear as rich-looking, they do have other distinct advantages. Of course, tolerance testing is always essential for chemically sensitive persons. But you won’t know for sure until you’ve actually tested the sample. With our broad scope of coverage of healthful indoor environments, and desire to rapidly publish info to benefit the community, mistakes are inevitable.

However, because this particular resin is expensive, its often mixed with other synthetic binders such as acrylic resins.

However, you should be aware that there are both oil- and water-based polyurethane clear finishes. This is because their solvents are very strong-smelling and potentially harmful when the finish is being applied and while it’s curing. Fortunately, the relatively new water-based polyurethane finishes can be used instead of the oil-based versions. Lac—and therefore, shellac—varies in color from pale, translucent yellow to dark orange, depending on the variety of tree the lac insects live on. However, white discolorations can manifest themselves rather quickly if water gets on a shellacked surface. Fortunately, the alcohol evaporates very quickly, and when the finish is completely dry, shellacked items are often tolerable to many sensitive individuals. Most people consider shellac to be a completely pure and natural finish. Therefore, if the wood’s surface ever becomes scratched or abraded, you can simply apply more oil to the damaged area and it will blend in without the need for stripping and refinishing. Many of the oils used as wood finishes are fairly odorous when applied. In fact, their smells could continue to be bothersome for up to several months—or longer.

Two of the more popular natural penetrating oils are tung oil (derived from the nuts of tung-oil trees) and linseed oil (derived from flax seeds). In the past, many manufacturers simply heated raw linseed oil to give it drying properties but, today, most “boiled” linseed oil has not been heat-processed at all.

Fortunately, there are types of boiled linseed oil still being made without these types of additives. This is because they penetrate and saturate wood rather than form a thin brittle layer that lies on the surface. However, it’s important to know that many natural waxes are somewhat hard in consistency. Of course, solvents could make a wax application intolerable to many chemically sensitive individuals. Of more concern are packaged wax formulations which may have paint thinners or similar solvents added, as well as other odorous ingredients such as oils and resins. But it should mentioned that beeswax tends to have a somewhat flowery odor.

You can generally purchase pure beeswax from local beekeepers. As it turns out, water-glass solutions used as finishes are transparent and virtually odor-free.

Not surprisingly, these are commonly very tolerable products for sensitive individuals. As it turns out, when water glass comes into contact with the calcium (and certain other substances) in these materials, a chemical reaction takes place. Water glass can also be used to protect your ceramic-tile grout joints by applying it carefully to the dry grout joints—not the tile—with a small artist’s paint brush. Another consideration to keep in mind is not to use too much water glass when you’re applying it. Oil-based types often produce richer, deeper tones than their water-based counterparts. If you want to use a water-based stain, it’s best to test several brands for appearance and personal tolerance. By the way, it is best to stain a sample piece of wood, as well as apply two coats of clear finish, then test for tolerability. Water filters also can reduce harmful chemicals and substance as well as improve the effectiveness of cleaning & washing.

How To Cope With Scent Sensitivity: 15 Steps by wikihow.com

Scents from perfumes, laundry detergents, and household cleaners may produce unwanted symptoms similar to an allergic reaction. Deal with unwanted scents in your own living situation with devices like air purifiers.

Make sure you choose fragrance-free products for your home and know what kind of chemicals to avoid. Keep a journal chronicling when and where you have a bad reaction to a smell. Jot down any probable cause, from scents from outdoors to household products. Such places can sometimes be ripe with unwanted scents that may trigger a reaction. There are certain events where you may be exposed to a lot of unwanted scents. If you’re on any medications that help with your sensitivity, bring these to parties. One of the best means to minimize reactions is to keep your exposure low. If you notice a product you use at home, like a cleaner, is bothering your sensitivity, cease use immediately. If your body is in a weakened state due to illness, your allergies will be more acute. Talk to your doctor before getting a flu shot to make sure the shot is safe for you given your medical history and any existing medical conditions.

A fan or an air purifier may help rid your home of unwanted scents.

See if symptoms improve by placing some fans and air purifiers in your home. If you suffer from scent sensitivity, it’s a good idea to talk to a doctor. While most people must have direct physical contact with a fragrance containing substance, some people’s scent sensitivity is so severe they may break out into rashes just from inhaling a smell. A simple patch test can be used to diagnose an allergy to a specific scent.

After 48 hours, your doctor will remove such patches and examine your skin for a reaction. They may recommend medications or lifestyle changes that help you cope with scent sensitivity. Perfumes, scented lotions, and scented laundry detergents are popular with many. Work to educate friends, family members, and co-workers on scent sensitivity. For example, you may have an allergy to a particular chemical that’s commonly used in scented products.

Scent sensitivity can be a real problem at work, school, or elsewhere. You can respectfully request that they minimize use of certain products near you. Make sure the other person knows it’s about the scent’s effect on you. You may be able to get them to accommodate your needs with a better work environment. Schedule a meeting with your boss and explain the issue you’re having. There are a variety of ways a flexible schedule can help you cope with scent sensitivity. You could also come into work earlier or later some days, minimizing the time you spend with other coworkers who may use products that trigger your sensitivity. If a product is labeled “fragrance-free,” this means it does not contain any chemicals or compounds known to trigger allergic reactions. They often contain chemicals that can trigger an allergic reaction. If you want to freshen up the smell of your house, try bringing flowers in from outdoors.

Artificial scents and natural scents are present during this time of year. It may be better to use an artificial tree, as pollen from natural trees can cause allergic reactions. Don’t reenter the area around the fragrance until you know it’s gone. Symptoms and their severity ranges for each person but can include rashes, dizziness, runny nose, difficulty breathing and coughing.

Many people have scent sensitivities, which may make certain fragrances irritating.

If you suffer from scent sensitivity, there are steps you can take to cope. Talk to coworkers, family members, and friends about your issues and politely request they minimize their use of scented products around you. If a particular brand of perfume or laundry detergent causes an adverse reaction, you should know so you can avoid that brand in the future. It may be hard to identify the precise trigger every time, but try to notice when symptoms arise. During formal parties, for example, many people may be wearing perfumes or colognes. If you find such events are particularly harsh on your sensitivity, consider sitting them out.

You may want to stay close any open windows during these kinds of events. Ask your household members to minimize their own use of scented products. You can purchase such items online or at a local department store. It’s well-documented that many people react with allergic reactions such as rashes in response to certain fragrance. Patches containing a potential irritant will be placed on your skin. If you do have an allergy, your doctor can help you come up with an action plan for treatment. People who use such products, however, may not realize the effect certain scents have on others. Many people have not heard or scent sensitivity, and may be confused as to what it is.

If you have an official doctor’s diagnosis, it can be helpful to let people know what precise condition is causing your sensitivity. If you live or work with others who use a lot of scented products, politely talk to them about your issues.

There may be a policy in place in your office regarding the use of potential allergens. Many people will take your request to cut back on scented products as a personal judgment. Calmly explain the issue is not personal, but it’s a medical concern. You simply do not want to be routinely exposed to an allergen. If your scent sensitivity is causing problems at work, talk to your boss. You could request an air purifier in your office, for example, or a cubicle near a window. A more flexible schedule can also help you cope with scent sensitivity.

Ask him or her if a flexible schedule would be possible to accommodate your needs. You want to make sure you are getting a product that truly lacks the chemicals that can trigger allergic reactions for people with a scent sensitivity. If a product is labeled “unscented,” it may contain compounds and chemicals that contain potential allergens even if the product itself lacks a smell.

Do not use scented candles in your home, or air fresheners that contain similar chemicals. Inform them what they can do to help, such as avoiding lighting scented candles. You may want to bring any medication a doctor has prescribed for your sensitivity with you when shopping.

Tiling A Healthy Or Office by eiwellspring.org

This article includes instructions and recipes for non-toxic installation of tiles, suitable for someone already experienced in tile work. The most common use of tile is for the floors, where there are few good options. It has been tried, and still there was a lot of dirt once the carpet was pulled up. A tile floor is very heavy and the house must be able to handle the weight. If the subfloor is not firm enough, the tiles may come loose or crack. Tiles can give a nice look to a professional office, whether they are on the floor or the walls. The fact that tiles do not trap dirt is a plus for health care facilities.

Mold grows where there is moisture, such as condensation on the walls and ceilings of a bathroom or around poorly insulated windows. After some years, those drywall strips became moldy due to condensation around the windows. Cement is highly alkaline and thus naturally mold resistant, but mold can still grow on cement grout. The tiles and especially the grout are porous, so fumes from the underlying material can come through enough to be a problem. This is extra important for the non-toxic thinsets, which are less flexible than the commercial types. What seems like a small price difference can really add up when multiplied by the many square feet of a house. Some of the natural stones can contain low levels of radioactive materials, which can offgas radon gasses. This can be prevented with a sealer (such as sodium silicate), though some people do not seal them. This is as inert as the rest of the tile and generally not a problem. An uncommon issue is that the pattern can eventually wear off in a really high-traffic area.

More durable tiles could be used in just the high-traffic areas, such as next to the entrance door.

The edges of these low-cost floor tiles are starting to wear after six years in a high-traffic area. There is more labor cost with smaller tiles and there’ll be more grout lines to look at. It is easier to install the smaller and lighter wall tiles than using floor tiles, especially if using the additive-free non-toxic thinsets. For window sills, baseboards and trim, simply use regular floor tiles that are cut to size. The non-glazed sides of a ceramic tile are porous and can readily absorb contaminants. The tile itself may provide a good enough seal, but the grout is very porous and will not fully seal in the fumes. The only choice for a healthy house is to cement the tile in place with a thinset and then fill in the spaces between the tiles with grout. They all have chemical additives, which make them faster and easier to work with. The commercial mixes stick better, so they are faster to work with.

The homemade grout and thinset have much less of an odor, but they also take more effort to use. It is best to do some experiments first, to make sure which consistency works best. Make sure to use a dust mask when mixing, as these sands are much finer than regular sand and can travel deep into the lungs. It also makes the thinset less strong, so it should be used sparingly or not at all. The back side of the tile must also be wetted, before sticking it on, otherwise the moisture is wicked away too quickly. If they sit vertically, that is a handy way to serve them to the tile setter. The room should be closed up for at least 24 hours after the tiles are set. Another method is to hang plastic sheets against the walls with painter’s tape. This thinset can work well if attaching tiles to a less-rigid subfloor, and it allows the contractor to reposition a tile. The smell of the glue will migrate through the tiled walls (tile and grout is porous) and the house will have an odor for the first couple of years.

Make sure the person living there will be okay with this odor before proceeding. Then the tile must immediately be attached to the surface and held in place for about ten seconds. It is essential that both the tiles and the subsurface are thoroughly wetted before mounting the tiles.

With staggered tiles, there are not the long straight grout lines which must be absolutely straight to look good. It also takes more time, when a crooked tile has to be chiseled off again. We recommend not sealing below the countertop, such as with aluminum foil.

The floor must be able to handle the wear, be odor free and not harbor mold and dirt. They are made with many kinds of toxic chemicals, which take several years to off-gas. Some carpets are glued to the floor, adding more chemicals to the indoor air. It is impossible to fully clean a carpet in place, even with the most powerful professional equipment. Hardwood floors are a better option, but some people do not tolerate the wood terpenes or any waxes or sealers used to maintain the wood.

Sometimes the subfloor must be strengthened with cement boards, or the floor supports must be reinforced. The hard surface can also be a problem to walk on for people with arthritis or other problems with their feet, legs or hips. If tiles are combined with an in-floor radiant heating system, a tile floor is extremely comfortable in any climate. It is best to avoid white tiles, as that can produce the “institutional look”.

Tiled surfaces reflect sound, so people’s voices will carry much further than in a carpeted room. Mold is a problem for most environmentally sensitive people, even at levels that are not noticed by others. Mold grows on drywall and wood, while it is more difficult for it to grow on surfaces that offer no food for the mold, such as glass, tile and cement. Tiles used on the kitchen counter, window sill and as a backsplash. Make sure any sub floor is so firm that it cannot flex, or the tiles will work themselves loose. The surface is unglazed and porous, which means spilled liquids can be absorbed into the tile.

Ceramic tiles have the pattern stamped on top of the tile and then covered with a glaze, before the tile is burned in an oven. Porcelain tiles are of a higher quality than ceramic tiles and tend to be more evenly sized so they are easier to line up. The ceiling tiles will be tugged at by gravity, so they need to be smaller. You may hear the argument that the fumes will be sealed behind the tiles, but that is not correct. But some people are not able to live in a newly tiled house for a year (sometimes longer) because of these additives. One contractor claimed that these products didn’t have any chemical additives.

Another contractor, with extensive experience installing tiles, said he could tell the difference between the commercial mixes and the additive-free. The commercial mixes are easier (and thus cheaper) to use, but test for tolerance before committing to use them for a large project. These are specialty products that can be difficult to find, as few tilesetters make their own thinsets any more. Wet curing means that the thinset must be kept moist while it cures.

It is extremely important to thoroughly saturate the floor, wall or ceiling well before putting up the tile (use a mop). If the thinset is too dry, or the surfaces are not wetted down enough, the tiles will tend to work themselves loose after awhile. Be careful not to work when it is too cold, otherwise it will not harden up well. If it is hot and dry, consider using an evaporative cooler to moisturize the air, so the thinset and grout does not dry too fast. When doing wall and ceiling tiles, it is important to keep the room very humid so the thinset and grout does not dry too fast and become brittle. With floor tiles, it is sufficient to cover them with plastic for at least 24 hours. The thinset is more flexible and is used like the commercial types so there is less labor cost and contractors like it better. Let dry and cure thoroughly for at least a few days before continuing. The thinset must be “buttered” onto the back side of each tile, using a notched trowel. Grout can be made with coarser sand (down to 60-grit), but it will be more rough looking, and may only work for 1/4-inch (1/2 cm) grout lines.

Such straight lines take a lot of precision when mounting each tile, especially when the tiles vary slightly in size. Labor-savings of at least 30% have been reported with staggered tiles. Spills may migrate through or around the cement board and get trapped by the foil, resulting in mold growth.


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