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Is Your Commercial Cleaning Company Spreading Allergens From One Surface To Another?

Dust buildup is inevitable. Its all around us and impossible to remove completely from our homes or offices. Some of us can tolerate it better than others. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) “dust mites are one of the most common sources of indoor allergens and can cause sneezing, watery eyes, and skin rashes to be present year round.”

Ever wonder why your allergies worsen the day AFTER your house or office has been cleaned? The ACAII says, “oddly enough, allergy symptoms often worsen during or immediately after vacuuming, sweeping and dusting. Cleaning can stir up dust particles and make them easier to inhale.” Fortunately, advances in the science of cleaning have made it possible to reduce the amount of airborne dust that everyday cleaning can produce.

A Clean Home isn’t Always a Dust Free Home:

You walk into your office or home after the cleaning company has been there and it looks and smells clean. The dust that was present on your desk or computer is no longer there. You asked the cleaning crew to dust your blinds and it looks like they did what you asked. You say to yourself and to the cleaners: great job! Then your eyes start to water, you start sneezing or coughing and the next day you notice some dust on the floors. So, did the cleaning crew really remove the dust or have they just spread it around?

How Your Cleaning Company May Be Spreading Dust Around:

There’s a difference between removing the dust or dirt from a surface and spreading it around to another area in your home. In order for cleaning to be effective, the dust or dirt that is present must be physically removed to prevent it from becoming airborne or settling in another area.

Your cleaning company can spread dust around in various ways. Vacuums with insufficient suctions or inadequate filters; using paper towels that absorb dust poorly; old-fashioned dusters that fail to trap dust and dirt are just a few.

4 Cleaning Tips to Stop Spreading Dust Around:

The methods, supplies and equipment your cleaning company uses can go a long way in improving the indoor air quality in your home. The following cleaning best practices are recommended by leading authorities in the janitorial industry:

1) The order in which you clean and dust is important;

Dust higher surfaces first. Ceiling vents need to be vacuumed not dusted! They are one of the most common areas that are neglected by cleaning companies.

2) Use microfiber towels for dusting and wiping down surfaces;

Cotton cloths and paper towels are much less effective than microfiber when it comes to trapping and removing dust and dirt.

3) Use dusters with materials that trap and remove dust more effectively:

Old-fashioned dusters with materials that don’t trap dust effectively contribute to poor indoor air quality. Newer products, such as 3M’s trap duster sheets are more effective at trapping and removing dust.

4)Use vacuums with HEPA filters to remove small dust particles and allergens;

When looking for a vacuum make sure it has a HEPA filter. HEPA filters trap the smallest dust particles and allergens so they aren’t released back into the air.

Dust can be removed effectively from your home or office by following modern, accepted cleaning methods. So, if you’re experiencing allergic symptoms or just want a cleaner and healthier home, make sure your cleaning company is dusting and cleaning properly!

Learn more about removing dust properly and how to create healthier and better quality indoor air:

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