It has been reported that up to 20% of Australians suffer from allergies throughout the year. Foods, pollen, mould, dust and fragrances are all common allergens that can be found in the workplace and which can create very uncomfortable and unsafe environments for people suffering from allergies.
It is important to be aware of any allergies your staff have and look for ways to reduce triggers in your office and workplace environment. Regular commercial cleaning will ensure your office spaces are clean and hygienic, removing allergens from the air, furniture and carpet.
Here are 5 ways commercial cleaners can reduce allergies in the workplace.
1. Using Natural Cleaning products
People with allergies — whether it’s sneezing, skin rashes, or breathing problems — can react to some of the chemicals in cleaning products. Natural cleaning products can be just as effective, without the use of these harsh ingredients. There are many alternatives on the market today, so be sure to ask your commercial cleaners if they use natural cleaning products.
2. Using high-efficiency particulate absorption (HEPA) vacuum cleaners
HEPA vacuum cleaners offer high-quality purification that traps tiny particles and irritants that aren’t visible to the eye by forcing air through a fine mesh. They are highly effective in removing particles like pollen, mould, dust mites, and smoke. This is ideal for those who suffer from allergies, asthma or dust sensitivity.
3. Thoroughly cleaning all furniture, carpets, rugs, and skirting board
With the regular and thorough cleaning of high-traffic workplace areas such as furniture, carpets, rugs, skirting boards, desktops and sills, dust and other allergen particles won't have time to settle. Having a thorough clean at least once a week or fortnight, depending on the size of your space, will be a huge improvement in reducing the build-up of allergens.
4. Creating barriers to prevent dust buildup
Applying Scotchguard to carpets and furniture can be highly effective in creating a layer of protection against dirt, water damage, mould, bacteria, and oil and water-based stains in high-traffic areas.
5. Using high-quality microfibre cloths
High-quality, washable microfibre cleaning cloths attract dust much better than paper towels or cotton rags. They can also be thrown into the washing machine at a high temperature to remove any allergens between cleans.
Be sure to hire a reputable commercial cleaning company that will provide a quality cleaning service, ensuring that the job is done right. Commercial cleaners can also provide useful advice on changes you can make that will reduce mould or allergen build-up in your office or workplace.
Are you tired of allergen-induced coughing, sneezing and discomfort in your workplace?