One of the most commonly overlooked elements when it comes to office cleanliness is also the most important element of all. After all, without clean and safe air to breathe, the rest is all pretty superfluous!
The problem is that given the fact that air tends to be invisible, it’s easy to totally overlook the importance of looking after it. Nevertheless, research has shown that the overwhelming majority of workplace environments could do with investing more time and effort in proactively improving air quality for the workforce.
On the plus side, it really doesn’t have to be a difficult job. Pro cleaning services in Manchester can always help, but there’s much that can be done on a day to day basis to make a real and long-lasting improvement:
1. Ensure that a high-quality vacuum cleaner is used to keep carpets and floors as clean as possible at all times. Allergens and chemicals have a nasty habit of binding with dust and sticking around indefinitely, which is what a decent vacuum with a HEPA filter should be used regularly.
2. Remember that as vacuuming only gets part of the job done, it’s also necessary to carry out deep cleaning of carpets and washing of hard floors on a regular basis. Carpets in particular harbour an almost unthinkable array of nasties, the likes of which have a severely detrimental impact on air quality, day after day.
3. Quality door mats can also be helpful in ensuring that a world of chemicals, toxins and other unpleasant pollutants aren’t brought too deeply into the office.
4. Monitoring humidity levels is important for two reasons. First of all, humidity should be carefully managed for the comfort and general health of those in the workplace. Secondly, unwelcome pests like dust mites, allergens, mould and mildew thrive in moist environments. Keeping humidity under control therefore can work wonders for overall air quality.
5. If you have air conditioning installed, regular pipework inspections and cleaning/replacement of filters should be considered mandatory. Should filters become overly soiled or pipework in any way unsanitary, the system as a whole could end up doing far more harm than good.
6. Beware the temptation to give the office a perceived feeling of freshness by resorting to cheap air fresheners. They may smell pleasant enough, but they also fill the air (and sprinkle your carpets) with exactly the kinds of toxins you’d probably rather not be breathing in.
7. The same also goes for the standard cleaning products used routinely to clean the office. If they are in any way toxic or hazardous to health, you have to think carefully about all that invisible residue that’s left behind after use.
8. Improving office hygiene standards in general can make a massive difference to air quality. From damp-dusting workstations to regular window cleaning and so on, the most dust, dirt and grime you eliminate, the fresher the air.
9. Unsurprisingly, opening windows when and where possible can be one of the most effective approaches of all when looking to freshen office air significantly.
10. Last but not least, it’s always worth considering investing in a few simple oscillating fans, as a means by which to keep stagnant air moving and distribute fresher, cleaner air around the office. It’s an affordable investment and one that guarantees a noticeable difference.
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