When walls, boxes, and floors need a fresh kick, renovation is the order of the day! Renovation work is also an ideal opportunity to create healthy living environments – we have put together five tips.
According to a housing study by the market Institute, 98 percent of Austrians associate a good quality of living with quality of life. For 60 percent of those surveyed, healthy living is the central requirement for a dream home – and in view of the fact that we spend around 90 percent of our lives indoors, the trend towards healthy living is quite understandable. For all those who do not already live healthily, here are some tips – which are also ideal to implement in the context of renovation work.
Tip 1: Healthy wall painting
Since walls and floors take up the largest surface area in rooms, you should start here with healthy materials. If possible, you should always opt for natural mineral-based paints. Ideal, for example, are ecological wall paints such as lime and silicate paints, which also absorb odours and have an alkaline effect, thus preventing mould. Natural resin dispersion is also a good choice – it is solvent-free, low-odour and breathable. Tip: You can also use the “Austrian Ecolabel” seal as a guide. These products are independently tested and have very good low-emission as well as environmental and health-friendly properties.
Tip 2: Wallpapers Create Accents
Less time-consuming than a new coat of paint is the application of wallpaper, which can also be used to create interesting accents. However, plastic wallpapers are often treated with harmful softeners, and they also prevent a natural exchange of moisture with the walls – risk of mold! Textile wallpapers made of natural fibers and an emission-free wallpaper paste are therefore recommended.
Tip 3: Slip-Resistant
Natural materials such as solid wood, cork, natural rubber or linoleum are also recommended for floors. Cork floors, for example, are very warm underfoot, elastic and sound-absorbent. Linoleum is hardly electrostatically charged and is very hard-wearing. However, it is not only the material itself that is decisive but also the adhesive and the type of impregnation. A good indication of low-emission adhesives and sealants, for example, is the EC1 (plus) seal of quality. And those who opt for the adhesive-free alternative are well-advised to use click parquet. When it comes to impregnation, natural oils or waxes are recommended, which also have a regulating effect on the room climate and do not become electrostatically charged.
Tip 4: Cosy Dust Catcher
The widespread assumption that carpets are the main source of unhealthy living conditions is not fundamentally true. Because a well-maintained carpet is far better than its reputation: since dust is bound in the fibers, carpets are even more suitable for many allergy sufferers than smooth floors. However, regular maintenance is always a prerequisite – vacuuming two to three times a week is recommended. You should also choose environmentally friendly natural fiber carpets and care for them with natural cleaning agents.
Tip 5: Healthy Varnishing
From time to time, door frames, boxes and window frames need to be renovated, i.e. repainted. In the past, lacquers were considered to be real chemical bombs, but nowadays there are numerous low-emission products available, for example, the “Blue Angel” seal of quality. And beware: If solvent-based paints are used indoors, ventilate thoroughly!