Creating and Maintaining a Healthy Space: Purifying Your Boutique’s Airby Elizabeth MacDonald
As Covid-19 is now mutating and other contagious viruses will potentially be spreading, it’s important for you to keep your ultrasound boutique as clean and safe as possible. Everything we know about this novel virus seems to change as frequently as we wash our hands, so taking charge of anything and everything you can inside of your four walls will help you feel as in control as possible right now.
We know that airborne viruses have a hard time spreading outdoors, in purified air, or in spaces with high-grade built-in filtration systems. Seeing as how you may not be moving your business outside any time soon, cleansing your air inside will help your boutique fight off the inevitable germs. There are several things you can do to clean your air, from plants to purifiers!
Purifying Your Boutique’s Air
Investing in Air Purifiers
While most purifiers pull pollen, dust, and pet dander from the air, you need to look for a professional grade product that eliminates mold, viruses, and bacteria. Take into consideration your boutique’s size and layout, too. You may need to purchase several, depending on room sizes. Look for a model with different speeds to handle your room sizes. A UV light is also a desirable addition. If you can find a model with a cleanable HEPA filter, grab it! It will save you hundreds of dollars over the years.
If you own your space, you may want to invest in a filtration system that attaches to your furnace or ductwork that filters the air while still in the air ducts. However, it is expensive and isn’t needed if you purchase stand-alone purifiers for your space.
Picking Out Plants
Even if you don’t have the greenest of thumbs, you can still have plants in your boutique. You can plant a variety of species in decorative pots throughout your space. Avoiding the most finicky plants and sticking with easy-to-keep-alive versions will be your best bet.
According to Plants.com, plants “scrub the air clean, add moisture to dry air and release oxygen. According to NASA, houseplants remove up to 90 percent of toxins in the air. You can’t see or smell these pollutants, but they can come from regular household items. The EPA estimates indoor air can be up to 1,000 times dirtier than outdoor air! Indoor pollutants can build up and aggravate asthma, allergies, and other illnesses.”
“Plants absorb the carbon dioxide and viruses we exhale. When plants absorb gases through their leaves, it stays sequestered or moves into their roots. Microorganisms that live in the soil, help breakdown and neutralize the toxins before turning them into food.”
What better way to give your boutique a pop of color, plenty of warmth, and keep those germs away? Go ahead and start planting the greens!
Choose your favorites or pick from this list of top air-cleansing (and easy) plants:
- Peace Lily: one of the most efficient plants for filtering and humidifying indoor air.
- Snake Plant: known to increase your overall energy levels, help with headaches, eye irritation, and respiratory issues.
- Money Tree: removes toxins, especially those from synthetic cleaning products.
- Palms: basically unkillable (as long as you don’t overwater!), cleans the air and fills a space nicely.
- Pothos: hanging, vining, and very easy to keep alive.