Vacuuming: A Key to Clean Indoor Air Quality
Clean air in schools, offices, and health care facilities is crucial, and often starts at the surface.
Right now, we are spending about 90 percent of our time indoors, where we can be exposed to tiny pollutants.
Studies have shown that indoor air can be up to seven times more polluted than the air outside. These pollutants include asthma and allergy triggers – often rising from floors and carpets into the air and easily inhaled.
Floors at local schools contained the highest concentrations of allergens in the building–and that carpets are even more susceptible than smooth floors. Along with aggravating asthma and allergy symptoms, poor indoor air quality has been shown to cause other physical problems such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and headaches.
Following these vacuuming and floor cleaning best practices can help achieve exceptional air quality in commercial facilities, which can improve quality of life, attendance, and performance of building occupants:
Step 1: Build a Cleaning Foundation
It’s important to develop a floor plan that shows the areas receiving the heaviest daily foot traffic, so they can be prioritized for cleaning. Carpets should be deep cleaned at least twice per year, using carpet dryers or fans after the job is complete to prevent any remaining moisture from producing mold. In addition, carpets should be replaced as specified by the manufacturer’s recommendations and cleaning equipment properly maintained to ensure the best results.
Step 2: Use Correct Vacuuming Techniques
Vacuum both carpeted and hard surface floors frequently, with slow and repeated passes. Heavy traffic areas should receive a minimum of two vacuum passes per day. Clean floors faster by removing dry dirt with a vacuum instead of a dry mop before wet-mopping. Brooms and mops push dirt and allergens across the floor and into the air, while vacuuming removes them.
Utilize hard-surface tools to clean hard-to-reach spots and cover a wider range of allergen-producing areas. Use high-quality HEPA-filter vacuums to thoroughly clean and reduce allergens on multiple surfaces, including tile. Some vacuums add particles and allergens back into the air, so make sure to use a vacuum that traps allergens as it removes them. Look for products with certifications to provide peace of mind.
Step 3: Choose the Right Tools and Features
Asthma and allergies in buildings are serious issues, affecting millions who spend large amounts of time indoors, and it’s important to recognize that asthma and allergy triggers often come from floors and carpets. By taking strategic initial steps, using proper techniques, and utilizing the correct products, everyone can breathe easy knowing they are providing clean air quality through vacuuming and floor cleaning.
Lakeshore Cleaning & Restoration is dedicated to keeping the businesses in Oakville, Burlington, and surrounding areas, in top-notch condition. Contact us at (905) 465-2337