Can dirty office carpets seriously damage the budget of your business? Absolutely, if your own cleaning crew neglects the carpet care.
While this may seem unreal, research shows that improper maintenance of office carpets can seriously reduce employee productivity and can lead to absenteeism.
Like in your home, workplace carpets contribute to overall indoor air quality. Why does indoor air quality matter? Poor indoor air quality can cause some very serious health consequences, including dizziness, nausea, headaches, fatigue, respiratory illnesses and inability to concentrate – not exactly a recipe for maximum performance.
People with a weakened immune system, allergies, asthma, or other respiratory illnesses are especially at risk. However poor air quality can negatively affect anyone. And not only the quality of office air can affect the performance of your employees; it can also have a cumulative effect, leading to more serious illnesses that can cause your employees to skip work more often.
While most commercial cleaning services focus on visible dirt, many ignore the dust, mold spores, bacteria and allergens that can be harbored deep within the carpet’s fiber. Each time someone walks across the carpet, the irritants get re-dispersed into the air.
In this article we will talk about few the most common contributors to poor indoor air quality and their associated health effects.
Mold spores can be present on your office carpet, even if the mold is not visible. For some people, even a small amount of mold can cause serious health problems. Mold spores in the air can contribute to inflammation, allergic reactions or even infections. Some of the most common symptoms associated with mold exposure are coughing, eyes, nose and throat irritation, severe headaches.
Although most people are aware of the potential health effects of dust mites at home, most of us never consider the presence of dust mites in the office. Whether at home or at work, there can be more than 100,000 dust mites on one square yard of the carpet. Unfortunately, vacuuming alone is not enough to remove them. Dust mites can cause allergic reactions such as eye irritation, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and skin problems. Some people especially those with asthma problems, may experience more severe symptoms.
Unfortunately, we can never completely avoid the ingress of allergens from outside to the workplace. Pollen,pet dander or other allergens will constantly penetrate your office carpet. Prolonged exposure to these allergens can contribute to the development of chronic conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and sinusitis.
So what can be done to improve the air quality in your office? Although regular removal of surface dust and allergens is important, deep cleaning of office carpets is also necessary.If your office is located on the ground floor, most experts recommend professional cleaning every 3 – 6 months, on the top floor every 6 – 12 months.
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