What is diatomaceous earth?
Diatomaceous earth is an ancient form of soil produced by the fossilization over many years of plankton remains. Diatomaceous earth comes in different varieties, found in fresh and saltwater. It has numerous 0.1-1.0μm pores that span from the surface to the inside and are several μm to several dozen μm in diameter. Therefore, it offers absorbency and humidity control and heat resistance up to 1,700 degrees Celsius, so it is also used in charcoal.
Diatomaceous earth has excellent moisture absorbency, so it can absorb volatile organic compounds (formaldehyde, etc.) and reduce the effects of “sick house” symptoms. Surfaces with no moisture-wicking and moisture-regulating properties, which have no inherent way of blocking condensation, are prone to mold and ticks, which are causes of allergy and atopic symptoms. Using diatomaceous earth enables you to alleviate this negative cycle.
Also, since diatomaceous earth is soil-based, it returns to the earth once disposed of. Momy is made from this unique substance, so it can be applied directly over vinyl cloth and other surfaces to achieve the ideal indoor climate.
Features of diatomaceous earth
- 1. Humidity control
- The moisture-absorbent surface regulates indoor humidity.
- 2. Absorbs formaldehyde
- Air purification qualities absorb formaldehyde, considered one cause of “sick house” symptoms.
- 3. Odor-eating
- Air purification qualities absorb tobacco odor and foyer and bathroom odors.
- 4. Insulation and heat retention
- Diatomaceous earth is a soil created some 2-3 million years ago by the accretion of plankton and has particles about the same size as cement. Numerous pores across its surface allow for it to absorb and adjust moisture and offer insulating properties.
- 5. Fire retardance
- This substance is also used for charcoal and has heat resistance up to 1,700 degrees Celsius.