Improve the Air Quality of Your Facility

by Lawton Brothers | Dec 19, 2018

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Air quality is referring to the condition of the air within your surroundings. Good air quality is the degree to which the air is clear, clean and free from pollutants such as dust, smoke and smog and other gaseous impurities within the air. Poor air quality can affect human health as well as the health of the environment. Contrary to popular belief, air pollution doesn’t just happen outdoors; it can also affect the air that breathed inside your workplace. Shared public places, such as schools, restaurants and hospitals are breeding grounds for viruses and bacteria that make you sick. Allergens and dust can irritate sinuses and a bad odor can leave a bad impression on your facility; this is why improving indoor air quality is an extremely important part of your facilities maintenance. Since it is so vital to take the appropriate steps to maintain clean air inside of your facility and to ensure a healthy environment for the occupants, here are a few steps you can take to clean up the air inside your facility.

Keep the Floors Clean

Dust, dirt and grime naturally accumulate quickly on floors, especially as people track in particles from the outdoors. Regularly cleaning and disinfecting the floors should be included as a routine part of the cleaning process. The first step to keeping floors clean is with the use of door matting. It is also important to use a powerful vacuum with a HEPA filter. When vacuuming, be sure to go over each area twice to make sure all allergens are captured. When cleaning hard flooring, use a microfiber dust mop to remove dirt and dust, followed by the use of a clean, microfiber mop, clean water and environmentally safe floor cleaner to ensure floors are clean and sanitized. Replace floor matting immediately to prevent tracking of dirt and grime.

Keep Waste Receptacles Clean

Trash cans and recycling bins are a potentially high source of airborne contaminants. If trash isn’t removed daily, it can pose a serious threat to the air quality of your facility by getting recycled through the HVAC system. Be sure trash and recycling receptacles are routinely cleaned with a disinfecting cleaner and protect the receptacles from gathering unnecessary grime and waste by lining them with a sturdy can liner.

Monitor Chemical Use

From floor cleaners to dust removers, there is a wide range of chemicals that may be found in your usual cleaners. These cleaners often result in unpleasant scents, which can significantly affect air quality. It is important to use scented cleaners that can withstand dilution, which will help to reduce the odor. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are extremely hazardous air pollutants that may jeopardize the health of the occupants in your facility. VOCs can be found in wide variety of cleaning products, sometimes without your knowledge, so it is important when ordering your cleaning supplies to speak with the janitorial supplies provider about ordering cleaning products that are free from or low VOC.

Replace HVAC Filter

Your facility’s heating and air conditioning system play an essential role in the air quality of your facility. The HVAC filter is responsible for trapping particles like dust and pollen, which may start to be recirculated throughout the facility if it isn’t appropriately dealt with. It is essential that you change the HVAC filters once a month to prevent irritants from finding their way into the indoor airflow.

While searching for products to help eliminate odor, but keep your facility clean and sanitized, you should avoid using products that contain artificial scents and high chemical levels. One of the worst things you can use in your facility is aerosol sprays to cover odors. Aerosol sprays will increase the chemicals in the air; these chemicals contain micro-particles that may be harmful to lungs. When looking for cleaning products for your facility, try to use environmentally friendly cleaning products without fragrances to keep the air pure.  If there is easy access to windows, open them throughout the day to allow fresh air into the building and to help circulate toxins to the outside. Maintain a regular cleaning schedule and encourage all employees to keep work areas clean and free from dust.

 

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