Old School Cleaning Tips and Ideas for Businesses and Families
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Old School Cleaning Tips and Ideas for Businesses and Families

Keeping your home or business clean can be challenging, but over the years of keeping a shop clean and cleaning my house, I have learned a lot about cleaning. I've learned how to clean in order to impress clients, and I've learned how to keep my house clean in spite of children bringing in dirt and mess all the time. I love to write so decided to start this blog. Here, I am going to share a range of cleaning tips with an emphasis on the "old school", homemade or natural tips. However, sometimes, truthfully, you need chemicals and professionals so I will also delve into those topics. Thanks for reading and good luck with cleaning.


Old School Cleaning Tips and Ideas for Businesses and Families

Your Guide to Asbestos Health Risks

Marta Vicente

As a material that has been used to strengthen the structures of various buildings, asbestos is more common than you think. Today, there are certain circumstances where asbestos removal is necessary. The need to remove asbestos usually arises when it's clear that the substance will pose a risk to someone. To understand more, it's worth learning about asbestos health risks.

Why Asbestos Exposure Matters

When released into the air, asbestos features a series of small fibres that can then enter your lungs. Over time, the presence of those fibres causes inflammation that then leads to scarring. In addition to making it more difficult to breathe, that scarring can lead to certain types of cancer. Unfortunately, treatment options are limited when it comes to unusual pathologies caused by asbestos exposure. As such, it's wise to avoid it altogether.

Individuals Who Are Most at Risk

Over the course of your lifetime, you'll probably experience some asbestos exposure. However, small bursts of exposure are unlikely to cause long-lasting health problems. Instead, it's those who experience repeated exposure through work or where they live who need to worry. Tradespersons who work in shipbuilding, mining, and some areas of construction are at a higher risk than most. Unfortunately, it usually takes between 10 and 20 years for the symptoms of heavy asbestos exposure to arise. As such, health and safety experts deem it necessary to remove asbestos from particularly risky buildings. 

Lifestyle Choices That Make Asbestos Exposure Worse

Asbestos exposure alone may not result in lung disease becoming particularly severe. For example, if you're a heavy smoker, you may already be laying the groundwork for asbestos to have severe effects. Smoking also introduces inflammation to your lungs and can cause your cells to divide in a way that increases your cancer risk. As such, if you work in an industry where asbestos exposure is high, you should quit smoking. Aside from lifestyle choices, individuals who have genetic mutations such as the BAP1 gene could be at higher risk of asbestos-related health conditions.

Following an assessment of your building, you may be advised on whether asbestos removal is necessary. In some cases, you can avoid removal providing you have the right safety measures in place. But if the risk is particularly high, you should consider removal anyway. Alongside keeping people safe when they enter your building, this could ensure that you can continue using it if future building regulations change.