Pregnancy and Your DIY Lifestyle

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Pregnancy is a time when the nesting instincts kick in and decorating ideas kick off. Many women dive in and take on big projects to get ready for the baby. Even in the later trimester of pregnancy DIY moms to be still want to do it themselves and some things they can. But some projects are best left for others when it comes to exposing yourself to unnecessary chemicals or volatile organic compounds. Pregnancy is an especially important time to minimize exposure to VOCs. Consequences of exposure to high concentrations of VOCs can include miscarriage, low birth weight, birth defects, developmental disabilities, and a higher risk of cancer in children. For a quick list on some of the more dangerous VOCs to avoid during pregnancy follow this link http://g3environmental.com/pregnancy.htm If getting help on your project is just not your bag and cramping your DIY style there are precautions you can take to take on your project yourself without causing any harm to the baby. First step is to choose safer products not just for application but also to minimize off gassing. Some glues, and paints can off gas harmful fumes for months after applying so always try to find low or no VOC options especially if its going in the nursery. Next is to minimize exposure during application even if you choose safer options you should wear the appropriate protective equipment this is very important when applying paints, stains, sanding, or chemically removing coatings because of the indoor air pollution created. Chemical filter mask, gloves, protective clothing, and proper air ventilation are essential if you want to paint or refinish anything while pregnant. Warning: chemical paint removers are one of the most toxic products you can buy over the counter for consumer use. Use of chemical strippers is not recommended during pregnancy if you are in need of removing paint use safe alternatives from EcoSolve Americas. They have water based products that do not contain dangerous solvents or caustics that create hazardous fumes. Visit the EcoSolve website for more information http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/ The bottom line is to take extra safety precautions, choose safer products, and don`t over do it! Plan projects so you can take your time, rushing DIY projects is never a safe plan. Good luck ladies with all your projects I have always had the strong belief if you want something done right you have to do it yourself!

How to Pick the Right Paint Finish

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If you want to know what is the best paint finish for your walls you may want to consider a few things before making your choice. Picking the right color is not always the most important consideration to make when choosing a wall finish. Different paint finishes will highlight imperfections on your wall as others do better to cover them up. Also some finishes are easier to clean or stand up better to well lighted areas. For a detail list of the most popular finishes to choose from, where they work best in your home, and what level of finish you should be looking for follow this link http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com/how-to-pick-the-right-paint-finish/ Once you have the perfect paint picked make sure the work you do lasts with proper painting prep. How you prep your walls is just as important as the new coating you choose. Your new paint is only as good as the layer underneath. For excellent DIY painting prep tips and other great ideas visit the EcoSolve Blog here… http://cfisher-courtneysblog.blogspot.ca/ If you need to remove old or damaged paint from your home EcoSolve has safe alternatives to hazardous chemical paint stripping. Now you can safely remove paint without harsh solvents or fumes. Effective for indoor and outdoor applications EcoSolve products are Tough Not Toxic. For more details on EcoSolve and safer options for paint removal visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/

Lead Based Paint in Homes Still a Threat

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Lead paint is the single greatest environmental threat to children ages 6 and younger according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It’s also dangerous to adults and if you’re in the market to remodel or renovate your home you should heed experts advice. If your home was built before 1978 you could have lead paint in the underlying layers on your home. Disturbed or damaged painted areas can release toxic lead dust particles into the air. Lead poisoning is 100% preventable if you know what to look for and what to do. You can get your home and your child tested for lead. The EPA has some great recommendations. Follow this link for full article and links to EPA’s recommendation list to keep you and your family safe from lead poisoning. http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/19906086/lead-paint?goback=.gde_3780205_member_180096174 EcoSolve Americas has safe water based gel strippers that coat the material being stripped and keep it wet for dust free paint removal. Never dry scrape or sand possible lead paint in homes built before 1978 always test for lead paint first. Follow the EcoSolve Blog http://cfisher-courtneysblog.blogspot.ca/ for great tips on how you can test your home for lead paint, DIY painting tips, and safety precautions you can take to make next home remodel or renovation a safe one for everyone. For more info on EcoSolve and their brand of Tough Not Toxic paint removal products visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/

The Importance of Paint Removal Before Painting

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If you’re undertaking a major painting project, it’s important to realize that proper preparation is the most important step in the painting process. A new coat of paint is only as stable as the surface underneath, so if the old paint is peeling, flaking, or chalking (fine chalk like powder comes off when you rub your hand across the surface), then you’re going to have to consider stripping paint before any new coat can be applied. The best methods for stripping paint depend on the surface material and the type of paint that was used. For tips on the right removal method for your project follow link http://www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.The-Importance-of-Paint-Removal.9921.html If your looking for effective safe alternatives to chemical stripping EcoSolve Americas has water based solvent free paint removal products for you. EcoSolve’s Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover is specially designed to soften and lift paint from all types of surfaces without damage to substrate being stripped. With no fumes or toxic chemicals EcoSolve products are certified Eco-preferable safe alternatives to chemical stripping. Get the results you want without using harmful chemicals that are toxic to you and the environment. For more info on EcoSolve and where to buy their products please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/

Reducing Toxic Chemical Exposure

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We can be exposed to a wide range of chemicals in many ways. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), only a fraction of the more than 75,000 registered chemicals have gone through complete testing for human health concerns. Some chemicals have immediate toxic effects. Others are toxic to our bodies only after repeated, long-term exposure. Simple changes in our everyday routines can reduce our long-term exposures to low levels of potentially harmful substances, changes in how we choose the products we buy, or the ways we clean our houses and take care of the yard. These changes will not only make our homes safer, they may also save us money. Follow this link for a list of warnings on labels to look out for as well as great tips on safe ways to clean your home, control pests, maintain your yard, home remodeling, and much more! http://156.98.19.245/toxics/index.html Whenever possible, buy products that are free of toxic chemicals. Alternatives are available. The market for non-toxic products is growing in response to customer demand. Read product labels carefully ingredient lists don’t always tell you everything that is in a product but they can offer clues to the toxicity. Seek out companies with extensive product info available and have MSDS info for customers. Transparency of product information in companies is important if you want to ensure you and your families safety when using them. One company in favor of transparent product info is EcoSolve Americas their website has extensive product info as well as fast online MSDS requests on all their products. EcoSolve provides certified safe alternatives to chemical paint removers one of the most toxic products you can buy over the counter for consumer use. These products are so toxic they have been banned in other countries that’s why EcoSolve makes these safe alternatives for all of North America. Visit EcoSolve for extensive product info and request MSDS info through the email link at http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/

Prevent and Control Graffiti Vandalism

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You’ve probably seen graffiti vandalism somewhere in your community. It’s the words, colors, and shapes scratched on buildings, overpasses, train cars, and other surfaces. It’s done without permission and it’s against the law. Not only does this type of vandalism hurt people in the affected communities it also posses serious health problems to graffiti writers who inhale spray paint or take unnecessary risks, such as climbing onto rooftops and structures for the purpose of exposing their work. Follow this link for full article on preventing and controlling vandalism in your community and what to look for if your concerned about someone you love possibly involved in graffiti crimes. http://www.opp.ca/ecms/files/250363914.6.pdf The top three things you can do to prevent graffiti vandalism in your community is first get educated by learning about graffiti, its impacts on your community, and who is responsible. Always report graffiti as soon as its spotted to the authorities. Organize community clean ups and paint outs get people involved and excited to help take back public areas. One favored safe method is water based graffiti removal from EcoSolve. EcoSolve’s Graffiti Go is a proven effective graffiti remover that can be used by everyone. Graffiti Go is completely free of harsh solvents and fumes making it the safest choice for graffiti removal (even safer than using paint). For more info on Graffiti Go and other safe paint removal alternatives by EcoSolve please visit  http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/

The Benefits of Green Building

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Incorporating green building products and practices in home building and remodeling projects results in quality homes and financial savings for you. Even the smallest effort can make a big difference. While particular benefits will vary depending on the specific choices made by the builder and homeowner, and to what extent green building practices are employed, the general benefits are:

  •  Financial savings
  •  More comfort
  •  Healthier living
  •  Less maintenance and higher durability
  •  Knowing You are a Steward of the Environment

Green building products and practices offer you the assurance that you are following environmentally friendly guidelines that help preserve our natural resources. A socially responsible step worthy of recognition, building and remodeling green makes a strong statement about your dedication to the community and the environment. For full article follow this link http://ecosmartworldwide.com/Eco/?page_id=335 One of the most toxic remodeling products still available for consumer purchase today is chemical paint strippers. Containing carcinogenic ingredients like methylene chloride and have high risks of polluting our health and the environment. That’s why EcoSolve Americas has effective EcoLogo certified safe alternatives to chemical stripping with revolutionary water based technology. All EcoSolve products are solvent, caustic, fume free, and Eco-preferable for the environment if you would like to learn more about EcoSolve and safe solutions for paint removal please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/