Keeping Allergens out of Commercial Spaces

by Lawton Brothers | Jul 11, 2018

The last thing employers want is for their employees to feel uncomfortable when they come to work. Owners of commercial spaces should do everything in their power to make the work environment clean and free from allergens. Not only do germs and bacteria spread viruses, but can also cause allergic reactions that lead to employees being out sick, which can interfere with company production and profits.

Dust Mite and Allergen Traps

Commercial spaces are traps for dust mites and other allergens and the only way to combat them is with regular commercial cleaning. Although staying on top on dust can sometimes feel like a never ending battle, especially in large commercial spaces, it can make even the best business look unprofessional. Even worse than the affecting the appearance of your business, dust mites, which are related to spiders, can be hiding in almost every commercial space, including the carpets, chairs, desks and drapes. Dust mites also significantly increase allergens that lead to decreased employer productivity from constantly sniffing and coughing. Regular cleaning, which should include damp dusting, regular vacuuming and mopping and maintenance for the heating and air conditioning vents.

Improve Air Quality

A commercial space is often a source of health complaints for workers who suffer with allergies, especially those with carpeting, which can harbor up to 200,000 bacteria per square inch. As the bacteria continues to build up in the carpeting and other soft surfaces, each time it is disturbed it circulates in the air that your employees and customers are breathing in. Steam cleaning is crucial for maintaining clean, bacteria and mite free carpet and upholstery. Clean carpets also help to improve the overall air quality. It is also recommended that when cleaner be used, it be a micro-antibacterial solution to help reduce the risk of airborne bacteria.

Air Duct Cleaning

Just one single piece of dust in a commercial space can contain pet dander, flakes of dead skin and living organisms, such as dust mites and mold spores that irritate nasal passages, causing allergies from mold or dust. Air ducts are the most common contributor of dust in the indoor air. Common causes of dirty air ducts include poor ventilation and air exchange, cigarette smoke, remodeling debris, mold and dust; all of which can significantly increase the symptoms of allergies. Air duct cleaning will remove dust from the outer surfaces as well as the inside of the air ducts in order to reduce the amount of allergy producing particles in the air. Air ducts and other components of the heating and cooling system should be routinely cleaned and be cleaned outside of the regular scheduled cleaning if they have mold on them, if there are signs of rodents, insects or other vermin infesting the ducts and/or the ducts are clogged with dust and debris.

Tile and Stone Surfaces

Many modern commercial spaces have stone, tile and granite features that can have a positive effect on the look of the space; unfortunately, these areas can also harbor bacteria that can lead to allergy symptoms. It is essential that all natural stone and tile surfaces be thoroughly cleaned with a quality cleaner and disinfectant. Using a tile, stone and grout cleaner with a sanitizer will help to remove about 98% of the bacteria from these surfaces, which can ultimately reduce allergens.

Whether your company has one or one-hundred employees, management teams are always searching for ways to improve employee productivity. One of the easiest ways to guarantee an increase in employee performance is making sure employees feel healthy when they are on the job. This goal requires a workplace where the employees breathe good quality air on a daily basis. Along with deep cleaning the carpets and air ducts, it is essential that the floors, bathrooms, kitchens and all work spaces also be deep cleaned on a regular basis in order to reduce the buildup of dirt, dust and other allergens. It is also important to use quality commercial strength, janitorial products, many of which will be more effective in removing dirt and dust, instead of only spreading it from one area to another.

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