Winter Allergens: Defeating Dust

by Lawton Brothers | Jan 12, 2021

 

While many people are spending a majority of their time indoors, there is still work to be done and errands to be run. As your employees and customers enter your business, they anticipate a safe haven from the weather outside. However, with more time spent indoors, there is an increase in the accumulation of dust that can cause irritation and inflammation in the eyes, nose, and respiratory system. 

What is Dust?

As many of us know, dust is a common allergen that forms from sand, soil, pollen, hair, dead skin, mites, fibers from clothes or furniture, and plant material. The dust mites are an important factor in allergic reactions as almost 10 percent of the general population are sensitive to dust mites, and there are an average of 100 to 500 mites in each gram of dust. While the insects don’t do any direct physiological harm (they don’t bite or spread disease), they are extremely frustrating to most people. 

Unfortunately, dust collects everywhere inside a building. Depending on the use of each facility or space, there can be quite a few places for dust to gather. After all, does the storage closet get dusted? What about behind the filing cabinet or around the boxes in the corner? As the number of people frequenting your facility increases, so does the amount of dust and dander that accumulates and settles into carpets, furniture, and shelves. 

In many instances, the best defense against dust mites and other major allergens is regular cleaning and using a high-efficiency filter. The carpets or rugs should be cleaned on a daily or weekly basis, depending on foot traffic, with more intense cleaning on a quarterly basis. Additionally, dusting with microfiber cloths, sweeping floors, and other general maintenance will reduce the amount of dust mites in your facility. Be sure to have your HVAC system professionally cleaned once or twice a year to clear contaminants from the air system and use a HEPA or other high-efficiency filter. 

Proper Dusting

To fully collect and remove dust, use microfiber cloths, static and extension dusters, all-purpose cleaner, and a window cleaner. Dust from top to bottom, starting with any ceiling fans, door frames, and tops of cabinets. Don’t forget the often-neglected places such as the tops of door frames and décor, as well as behind cabinets and under objects. After dusting, be sure to vacuum the floors to get rid of any contaminants that escaped the cloth. 

Dusting should be conducted at least once a week. If the surface is vertical (such as the side of a desk), it can be dusted every other week, and if the surface is above eye level or below knee level, it can be dusted every two to four weeks. 

Don’t Let Dust Get You Down

We know that it can be daunting to tackle the long-forgotten dust bunnies on top of the kitchen cabinets, while managing every other aspect of your business. That’s why Lawton Brothers offers a range of products, services, and equipment to get you to where you want to be. Give us a call today and get a free cleaning audit: 800.432.0813.

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