We look at several ways in which homeowners can protect themselves against the Coronavirus, while also improving the décor of the house Over the past year, many people across the world have been forced to remain at home, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the second wave spreading across India, it appears that there is a long way to go before the Coronavirus pandemic is eradicated. In a bid to reduce the snowballing infection rate and break the chain, the central and state governments have advised people to stay at home unless essential, while continuing with the vaccination drive. Thus, work from home and schooling from home will continue to remain the norm for many, going forward. With this kind of set up expected to continue, reports suggest that ‘home improvement’ is where people are spending the most current so that they can enjoy comfortable, safe and luxurious living. Mentioned in this article is how you can use home décor to further protect yourself from the Coronavirus infection.
The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have reshaped how we perceive homes. “The time spent at home has increased drastically over the last year, as our place of shelter has doubled-up as a fitness space, workplace, school, entertainment zone and shared living space. As a result, consumers are now looking for home solutions that can ensure a safer, healthier and more hygienic environment, by eliminating contagion such as germs and bacteria. Floor surfaces are exposed to considerable foot traffic and are among the most likely places to become breeding grounds for such vectors,” points out Mahesh Shah, CEO – domestic business, Welspun Flooring.
Home flooring and tiles are prone to hosting a variety of microorganisms, bacteria and viruses. To minimise exposure to viruses and germs, we use multiple disinfectants for cleaning floor surfaces. What can also help, are the new antiviral range of flooring solutions. A host of renowned flooring solution companies are offering such products, which preemptively stop the virus build-up, once it comes in contact with the floor surface.
“At Welspun Flooring, we have seen a significant rise in the demand for the brand’s Healthy Tiles range, which includes grout-free tiles and tiles with anti-microbial properties that offer customers better protection to safeguard their environment by keeping them hygienic,” adds Shah.
These solutions are available in an array of colours, designs, anti-skid features, etc., to match your décor.
With people opening the doors of their homes to others virtually, by way of webinars and conference calls, more and more people are repainting their walls, to make them look nice on camera. So, if you are evaluating this choice, then, you may want to explore the anti-virus range of paints, which are apt for the present situation. Renowned Indian paint companies, in a bid to offer protection against viruses, have introduced interior emulsion paints which have anti-microbial and antiviral properties, thereby, providing protection against up to 99.9% germs. Even while providing protection and sanitising the walls, these paints reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and also offer anti-odour solutions. Additionally, these paints are available in all parts of the country, for various weather conditions. Moreover, with numerous styles and colours, one need not compromise on the home’s décor and aesthetics.
For people who prefer not to undertake painting work at this time, wallpapers are a good option. You can redo the entire house at a faster pace with new and refreshing designs. Moreover, you can easily change the look of the house or room, whenever you wish to. Addressing the concerns of homeowners during the pandemic, notable brands are offering wallpapers that are waterproof, easy to sanitise and option that come up with approved resin, which have the property to kill up to 99.9% of the germs that come in contact with the surface. These wallpapers are definitely a great way to boost the style quotient of your home while being safe.
Furniture and even the various components like laminates, doors, decorative plywoods, etc., are important components in a house and if it offers added protection against viruses and germs, it works in your best interest. Of late, plywood manufacturers have been claiming that they have implemented new technologies that efficiently kill viruses on the surfaces. Many of them have got themselves certified under ISO 21702:2019, pertaining to the measurement of antiviral activity on non-porous surfaces. If you are looking at changing the furniture in your house or revamping the modular kitchen or bathrooms, choosing anti-viral plywood and laminates will be a safe option for the future.
Home furnishings are an integral part of our daily life and these surfaces are frequently used too. These surfaces can host viruses and germs, from where they spread to other places. Many people are apprehensive about letting others sit on their furnishings, especially during the present times. While there are sanitiser sprays available in the market that can be used on your furniture and furnishings, it may not always be possible to do this. In such a scenario, antiviral fabrics make sense. With advances in the textile segment, many décor brands offer upholstery and curtain fabrics that provide protection from germs and viruses, including those that cause swine flu, influenza and the Coronavirus by up to 99.9%.
Ashlesha Sharma, a Navi Mumbai resident says, “Protection against the Coronavirus is the most important thing now. In March 2021, when we were planning to change the upholstery fabrics of our furniture, we learnt from our interior designer about fabrics having antiviral properties that limit and kill the virus. We also invested in curtains with antiviral properties, as it is not an easy task to sanitise them regularly.”