All agree that the presence of dust makes a place look dirty, but you may be surprised to learn how harmful dust can be from a sanitation perspective too. That’s why any janitorial service in Los Angeles CA needs to look at its removal as a health priority. But what is dust anyway? Tiny fibers that are sloughed off of our clothing and other materials, dirt, pollen, and notably, skin cells, are all swirled around to combine into the dust that floats in our air and aggravates our lungs, if allowed to accumulate. This is a health concern because organic particles that are in dust attract and encourage the growth of bacteria, which then enjoy a free ride on the airborne particles.
To promote the cleanliness of our building, we must ensure that, first, when dust alights on a surface, it is effectively removed—and two, make sure that our cleaning processes aren’t making the spread of dust worse.
To dust or vacuum?
For the hardwood floors, it can seem possible that a good duster might outperform the vacuum. But consensus from the experts maintain that a professional vacuum is preferable to dusters, even on hardwood. A HEPA filter, which are standard on many machines, is one of the most effective methods to eliminate airborne dust and contaminants. Keep in mind that For vacuums, maintenance is essential. Your machine can develop leaks, and if these leaks are before the filter, your vacuum isn’t cleaning up the dust; it’s just making dust more breathable.
Still, some surfaces are more effectively dusted. For these, a microfiber cloth is, hands-down the responsible choice. These cloths grab dust and hold on to it, whereas older styles of rags (and heaven forbid, feather dusters) did little more than push the dust around, ando make more dust!
After the dust has cleared…
You know the gag from comedy shows when, after all the vacuuming is done, somebody tugs on the vacuum in the wrong way and the bag is ripped open, with a big puff of dust in the person’s face? Comedy is comedy, but it’s no laughing matter to ensure that, after the vacuuming and cleaning, that the dust effectively finds its way off the premises. That means all your supplies must be carted away properly. Also, ensure that you follow best practices for emptying your vacuum, to avoid re-contaminating the area, and to minimize the dust your team is exposed to. Oh, and no sweeping the dust under the rug…
Choosing a janitorial service in Los Angeles CA that has an effective dust removal strategy built on the right tools and the right practices makes your building more attractive—but most importantly, healthier.