Commercial Cleaning and Its Effects on Air Quality
Your office, workplace, store, or warehouse can suffer from poor air quality. We’re not just talking about bad smells or the spread of allergens. There are many different things that contribute to poor air quality, and each can negatively impact your business, your staff, your customers, and yourself. Thankfully, proper cleaning techniques can help you improve or prevent poor air quality and avoid these negative effects. Here are the elements of poor air quality you may need to focus on and how to resolve them.
Elements of Poor Air Quality
When you walk into your workplace after a long weekend away is there a general feeling of heaviness or stuffiness in the air? Perhaps there’s a smell, or you start itching and sneezing when you walk in? To resolve your poor air quality issues, you may want to figure out exactly what’s wrong with your current air quality. Consider these elements of poor air quality:
Smells: Strong smells are off-putting for customers and employees alike. They may be the result of poor cleaning or mold issues. Or, strong smells may be part of your business, whether you dry clean laundry or manufacture goods with a smell.
Mold: Any building may develop a mold problem if it is not cleaned properly and regularly. However, buildings with moisture issues or buildings where food is prepared are especially vulnerable to mold. Not only can mold harm your products, but mold can also irritate people’s eyes and lungs.
Dust: You can’t always see it, but if dust is not properly removed from your workplace you may be breathing it in. Plus, workplaces look unkempt when dust builds up quickly.
Germs: You don’t have to be in a medical office to have germs in the air. Cleaning the air can help you protect employee health and reduce sick time.
Humidity: If you feel an unusual heaviness in your workplace air, it is likely humidity. Excess humidity can contribute to poor air quality. The elderly and those with certain health conditions will be much more uncomfortable in high humidity air. This excess moisture can also boost mold growth.
Dirt and debris: In certain workplaces, especially industrial workplaces, dirt and other debris may become airborne and pose a risk to people’s health. Professional cleaning services can help mitigate that risk.
How to Improve Your Air Quality
There are a few ways you can clean up your air quality. Most tackle more than one form of air contamination.
- Regular surface cleaning: Things that are on your surfaces end up in the air. Cleaning desks, office kitchens, bathrooms, and any other surfaces will actually affect your air quality. Professional cleaning, especially those services that carefully match the cleaning product with the surface and the debris to be cleaned, combats smells, germs, and mold.
- Vacuum with HEPA filters: Most vacuums put small particles of the dust and debris they collect back into the air through their exhaust. That’s why we use HEPA filter vacuums that collect any particles which might otherwise escape the vacuum. This has a significant positive effect on your air quality. HEPA filters collect mold spores, germs, dust, dirt, and other debris.
- Removing dust: Everyone understands that removing dust from surfaces will help lower the dust burden in the air. However, you might get frustrated with dusting, as it often seems that dusting doesn’t do much but put the dust back in the air. The secret is to use microfiber cloths that capture and trap the dust and to work from top to bottom in your space. Ensure that your dusting is completed before vacuuming, that way the bits of dust not captured by your microfiber cloths are caught by your vacuum.
- Air duct cleaning: If not cleaned properly your HVAC system will put dust and debris back into the air. Get regular duct cleaning, and potential furnace and other HVAC equipment cleaning, to boost your air quality. Regularly changing the filters on your equipment is a key part of HVAC maintenance.
Why Work with Professionals?
You can make a big impact on your air quality by yourself, but a professional can do it faster, better, and more thoroughly. We have the cleaning techniques and equipment to resolve air quality issues from mold and dust to germs and airborne debris. Reach out to your local JAN-PRO office to get professionals involved to properly clean your property and get better air quality.