A lackluster cleaning routine, especially during allergy season, can leave workplaces dusty and wreaking havoc on the health of employees and visitors. Dealing with allergies at work can often be difficult as dust and other allergens can aggravate asthma and cause wheezing, sneezing, and eye irritation. Allergies can impact workplace productivity, increase sick days, and make your employees miserable.
Ensuring that your office environment is as clean possible is an essential part of keeping staff, clients, and other visitors as healthy and comfortable as possible.
Reduce the impact of allergens in your office by following a few simple steps to help keep your employees healthy and happy.
One of the most common causes of allergens found indoors are dust mites, which are often the cause of coughing, sneezing, and watery eyes.
The eggs of dust mites can attach to fabrics and be carried into the workplace on people’s clothing and then spread throughout the office. Dust mites can also get trapped and flourish in carpets, blinds, and upholstered furniture like chairs and couches.
Besides dust and dust mites, there are a wide variety of allergens that could also impact those in your office space, including:
- Cigarette Smoke
- Fumes from cleaning products (solvents, bleaches, and aerosols)
- Perfumes and Colognes
- Animal Dander
Choose Natural Cleaners
When using certain cleaning products in an effort to combat allergies, we can unknowingly trigger symptoms such as watery eyes, sneezing, and wheezing.
When at all possible, use natural cleaning products that work well but do not cause irritation. When it comes to cleaners, lean toward unscented options as they still work great.
Avoid cleaners that contain ingredients like:
- Sodium laurel sulphate
- Sodium hypochlorite
Clutter: The Common Culprit
Just like in our homes, if we are not diligent about tidy up the common areas and workspaces in the office, clutter can accumulate almost over night and it doesn’t take long for it to get out of control.
Not only is clutter a dust magnet, it also takes longer to clean “around” clutter and it is harder to do so properly. Reduce clutter in your office so cleaning is a snap, which will also help keep your space dust-free.
Vacuum and Shampoo Carpets Often
Next on our allergy hit list are floors. Experts have found floors and clutter hold the most dust and allergens.
Make sure your cleaning crew is vacuuming as regularly as possible. Commercial cleaning companies should be using high quality vacuums that have HEPA filters so that dust and debris are not redistributed.
Professional carpet cleaning is highly recommended as these professionals have the tools and skills to clean the accumulated dirt and dust, stubborn stains, and microorganisms thriving within your carpet.
Get Rid of Blinds
Horizontal, or slate style window blinds serve two functions – they filter light and collect dust. Blinds can be difficult and inconvenient to clean. Consider replacing slate or panel blinds with roller blinds to keep your office as allergy free as possible.
If you are going to hang curtains, select a cotton or synthetic fabric that can be washed and rehung. If you find that replacing or removing problematic blinds is not possible, make sure that the cleaning staff is cleaning the blinds on a regular basis.
Little Things that Can Make a Big Impact
Below is a checklist of other steps that you and your employees can take to help make everyone comfortable.
- Avoid opening windows during peak pollen times.
- Make sure offices are well ventilated.
- Encourage employees to regularly clean their work area (all hard surfaces) daily with a disinfectant wipe or microfiber cloth.
- Run a dehumidifier to reduce risk of mold growth.
- Run the office AC system during peak allergy season.
- Use HEPA air filters in the office and change them regularly.
- Review building maintenance routines for best cleaning practices.
- Repair water damage to reduce / inhibit mold growth.
- Remove carpet and other absorbent materials that might collect allergens.
- Minimize office plants and make sure the ones you have are cared for properly.
By implementing these steps, you can help reduce allergy triggers and make your workspace a more comfortable environment for asthma and allergy sufferers.
We know that maintaining a rigorous cleaning routine while running a business is not easy, but that’s where we can help.
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