We speak often about ensuring that carpets and other visible areas are dust-free. But what about the places that are not as easy to get to? As anyone who has seen a neglected fan blade or high bookshelf get wiped off can attest, those up-high places collect just as much dust as the places down below. Is your Irvine Janitorial Service doing what it takes to keep tough-to-reach places equally clean?
When dust gets stirred throughout the day, air currents caused by the ventilation system has a tendency to pull the dust up, where it can then collect on any surfaces it encounters. Cleaning these places can pose a logistical challenge. For these specific cleaning tasks, there is a range of specific tools designed to make it easier to keep the dust off of lights, fixtures, and edges that collect dust.
Taking Dust Seriously
The truth is that “Out of sight, out of mind” doesn’t work with dust. Eventually as out-of-sight dust continues to accumulate, it begins to noticeably affect the overall air quality of the environment. One such environment where this is especially true is hospitals and medical facilities. Dust in these environments has been shown to increase the likelihood of infections, as those who are living with this air are in the environment 24/7, and may have weakened immune systems. What’s more, in these sensitive areas it may not be best practice to dust up high when patients are present. It may take collaboration in such a situation to ensure that rooms get regular attention to control for dust, and that doing so doesn’t affect the well-being of the patients. Such solutions may include dusting up high on patient discharge, and doing low dust control daily.
How to Tackle Dust
There are a few things to make sure of, whether you’re cleaning up high or down low. First, start with the right equipment. HEPA filters are a must to ensure that vacuuming isn’t making air quality worse. For up-high areas, find the right tools and attachments to safely remove dust. This should be done about once per quarter. Staff also need to make sure that they start with a clean filter. Finally, make sure that your overall dust management strategy is sufficient for the area you are cleaning.
The Virtuous Circle
Up-high cleaning, no matter how carefully it is performed, is going to re-suspend dust particles. Even specialized attachments can’t completely eliminate this. Luckily, when you tackle an area holistically, from above as well as below, over time, your efforts to clean will multiply in a virtuous circle. Having your Irvine Janitorial Service regularly dust control on the ground and in visible surfaces means that less and less becomes airborne to eventually find its way to the surfaces up above. Then, combined with regular cleanings with specialized tools to get the upper areas, you’ll notice that dust management will become less time-consuming, and your environment will have noticeably cleaner air.