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Vacuuming to Improve Indoor Air Quality

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No matter what type of facility you manage, clean air is crucial. We spend most of our time indoors, where we can be exposed to millions of tiny pollutants. And while much attention is paid to outdoor air pollution, the air indoors can be up to seven times more polluted, according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Often stemming from the carpets and floors, these pollutants are easily inhaled by building occupants and can cause allergies and asthma. The highest concentrations of allergens in buildings of all types are most often found in the floors, and carpets can house more than smooth surfaces. These pollutants can aggravate allergy conditions and asthma, in addition to causing other symptoms like headaches, fatigue and shortness of breath.

Vacuuming regularly and effectively is one of the best ways to reduce these pollutants and improve the indoor air quality in your facility. Follow these tips to improve the quality of life and protect the health of your building occupants:

1. Develop a plan

Think about the areas in your facility that see the most foot traffic on a daily basis and prioritize cleaning them. Think long-term as well as about daily cleaning: carpets, for example, should undergo deep cleanings at least every six months, and they should be replaced when recommended by the manufacturer.

2. Use the right techniques

Practice smart vacuuming — pass over both hard surface and carpeted floors frequently, using repeated and slow passes. Make sure that areas with heavy traffic are vacuumed at least twice daily, and use a vacuum in place of a dry mop to remove dry debris quickly before wet mopping. Vacuums will suck up debris and allergens instead of pushing them into the air, like brooms. Don’t forget to vacuum your walk-off matting too, passing over them at least once each day and doing a more thorough cleaning once a week.

3. Choose the right vacuum

Our online catalog features vacuums for every need, and choosing the right one can be confusing. We are happy to help you pick the best vacuum and tools for your facility — contact our team to get our expert recommendations!

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