SURFACES & FINISHES
Products used in the kitchen should be moisture resistant and easily cleanable. That means avoiding carpet, unsealed wood, and surfaces that require intensive, frequent deep-cleaning and maintenance such as shampooing, stripping, or resealing. Smooth, non-porous surfaces such as tile (with epoxy grout) and natural linoleum are good flooring options. Durable solid surface countertops and work surfaces allow for easier cleaning and lessen the opportunity for bacteria growth. Seal properly around kitchen sinks and backsplashes to create a seamless, cleanable working surface.
It is better to use water-, latex- or plant-based products. While some plant-based paints contain terpenes, a VOC derived from plants, these wall finish products will not contain toxic pigment elements or use herbicides or fungicides during production. Learn more
Whether you're looking for kitchen countertops, island worktops, or shelving solutions, you want the work surface to withstand the wear from everyday use. Explore a variety of material options you should consider for your surfacing needs inside your home. Learn more
Integrated Pest Management
Cockroaches, dust mites, rodents, and other pests are living in or trying to get into your home for food, water and warmth. Rather than use pesticides that are harmful to both human and environmental health, you can prevent infestations by sealing around cracks, crevices, and openings around wall/floor/roof penetrations. Use materials such as caulk or expanding foam insulation to seal smaller openings. For larger openings, use copper mesh (not steel wool) to plug holes. Boric acid is recommended as low-toxicity insecticide; use only in areas that cannot be accessed by pets or children such as wall cavities, behind counters, and under cabinets. The Safety for Pest Management website provides more information on integrated pest solutions. Learn more