How To Prevent Allergies With Cleaning
Posted on 9th January 2018 by Keith Hirst
These days, it is very common for an individual to suffer from some form of allergy. Although allergies – for example, hayfever and asthma – are often associated with the outdoors, allergens are present everywhere, including in homes and workplaces. There are many types of allergy and, therefore, many different irritants which can trigger a reaction indoors; some of the most common (besides foodstuffs) include pollen, mould, dust mites and animal dander.
To cope with allergies and reduce any problematic symptoms, it is best to try and avoid irritants insofar as possible. One of the best ways to achieve this in an indoor workplace setting is to ensure the environment is kept clean and free from dust and allergen build up.
Top tips for keeping allergies at bay:
- Hard flooring: the fibrous nature of carpets makes them the perfect place for allergens to settle and become trapped. Where possible, choose hard flooring to reduce allergen build up.
- Vacuum regularly: to keep your floors – particularly those that are carpeted – free from dust and other such allergens, it is vital that you vacuum frequently. Ideally, you should use a cleaner which has a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. This will filter out the majority of even the smallest particles, irritants and pollutants. Optimal frequency of vacuuming will depend on the size and foot traffic in your office, but should be no less than weekly.
- Dust: it can be easy to let dust accumulate, especially in areas which are a bit out of the way – for example, on top of filing cabinets, at the back of desks, around window coverings and on light fixtures. However, this dust can easily be exacerbating unpleasant symptoms. Dusting across the office should be carried out around once a week.
- HVAC filter: fit a high-efficiency filter in your HVAC unit to ensure that your workspace maintains good air quality, without any lingering airborne allergens. To keep filters from clogging and circulating irritants, you should change these around every 3 months.
- Windows: your windows are often a site where condensation accumulates and this moisture can lead to mould growth. Make sure windows – including the panes, frames and seals – are cleaned regularly to prevent this. Furthermore, when pollen season is upon us, keep your windows shut and rely on your workplace’s air con system to keep cool.
A regular professional cleaning service – such as those provided by Direct Cleaning Services – can help you keep your workplace free from dust and allergens and will work around your schedule for the utmost convenience. What’s more, if you or your employees suffer from allergies, using a professional cleaner is vital as it will save you from unnecessarily coming into contact with irritating allergens yourself.
Direct Cleaning Services offer thorough and efficient commercial cleaning services to clients throughout Sheffield and South Yorkshire. With a team of skilled, well-trained cleaners and a selection of professional-grade cleaning equipment, you can trust us to get the best results. Get in touch with our team today to discuss your requirements and how we can help.