Besides aesthetics, why is it important to keep grout clean?
Grout is porous, therefore bacteria and mold tend to build up. Mold has been identified as a health hazard.
A 300% increase in the asthma rate over the past 20 years has been linked to molds : According to a 1999 Mayo Clinic Study, nearly all chronic sinus infections (afflicting 37 million Americans) are a result of molds.
Depending on the type and quantity present, molds cause a wide array of adverse responses in humans. Dose and human response can be highly individualistic. The sensitivity of the person exposed is also an important consideration. Infants and young children, the immune-compromised, and the elderly are at an increased risk of adverse health effects from mold exposure. Mold exposure happens in many ways including dermal contact, ingestion, and inhalation.
Health risks associated with mold exposure include, but are not limited to: allergic reactions, irritation associated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), invasive disease, mycotoxicosis.
Allergic reactions occur when a mold that is not harmful itself causes an immune response in those susceptible. The most common symptoms range from runny noses, itchy-watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, and throat irritation to more severe symptoms caused by chronic conditions such as sinusitis and especially asthma sufferers.
Fungi produce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) during the process of ingesting substances for nutrition. VOCs are the cause of the typical “moldy/musty” odors associated with contamination indoors. High level exposure to VOCs can irritate the mucous membranes and the central nervous system leading to headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, decreased attention span, difficulty in concentration, and dizziness and nausea.
Though uncommon, infection caused by exposure to microorganisms that don’t normally produce disease in healthy individuals, may affects those persons with abnormally functioning immune systems such as those with HIV/AIDS or those receiving immunosuppressive subsequent to an organ transplant or chemotherapy.
What is the warranty?
We are so sure you will love the quality of Grout Gator and the time that you save using it that we can offer an unconditional one year money back guarantee. Try it for one year and if you are not completely satisfied return it directly to us with proof of purchase for a refund.
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