Individually, we can all take measures to improve the indoor air quality of our homes. We have the freedom to choose hardwood floors over carpet in an effort to minimize the presence of dust mites. We have the ability to use dehumidifiers to reduce moisture in an effort to keep mould at bay. We can also insist on a strict “no smoking” policy so that the air in our homes is as free from pollutants as possible.
But do we have the same power at work? Even if you run your own business, it’s not all that easy to get an entire staff of workers on board with your “keeping the air clean” objectives. After all, different people have different tendencies and habits. We can’t all be neat freaks! So how can one ensure that his or her workplace is promoting a healthy breathing environment? It all starts with a little dedication to some very important steps.
Here are three easy ways to improve indoor air quality at work:
1. Invest in some large doormats. It may sound like a strange request, but it’s one that will serve to reduce the amount of pollutants that enter your workspace. The trick is to minimize the amount of muck that is tracked in by the footwear being worn by your employees and co-workers. The cleaner your office floors, the purer your breathing air will be. In essence, you’re getting your team to help you keep the air clean without them even knowing it!
“Place large doormats outside and inside at entrances,” advises Shannon Harvey of GoGreenPlus.org, “Dust, pesticides, trace amounts of lead, and a host of other contaminants are carried inside on people’s shoes. While you can request that people take off their shoes at the front door of your home, you’re unlikely to want to do this at your place of business. Large doormats, however, trap a surprising amount of these particles, and can later be cleaned.”
2. Get out the mop. Surely, your large doormats won’t be able to eliminate all dirt from entering your workplace. This will be especially true on rainy days and most days in the winter. As a result, you’ll have to ensure that your cleaning staff is mopping the floors. Standard sweeping or vacuuming just won’t do. That way, you’ll be able to remove any contaminants that are likely to be left behind.
UniFirst.com champions the practice of microfiber mopping to improve indoor air quality. “Technologically advanced microfiber mops and dusting cloths, in particular, can capture more soiling than traditional cotton products…and without the use of potentially harmful cleaning solutions,” the website reveals, “An EPA study conducted for the healthcare industry found that microfiber cleaning can remove up to 98% of contaminants from surfaces using only water.”
3. Forget the air fresheners. When a place smells clean, one can generally assume that it is clean, right? Well, you know what they say about making assumptions. Those air freshener commercials have actually proven that a dirty place can smell fresh. However, those plug-ins, sprays and other scented products only mask the bad smells. Worse, Harvey points out, “they also add problem compounds to the air. VOCs and phthalates are commonly found in the catch-all ingredient ‘fragrance’ in air fresheners.”
At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we don’t work to simply mask poor indoor air quality with pleasant fragrances. Our Air Quality Services involve thorough inspection processes to target areas of concern in your home or workplace to eliminate root causes of the problem. If you feel the need to improve the indoor air quality at your home or workplace, be sure to contact us. We can either call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.