With another harsh allergy season ahead, taking measures to reduce allergens in your workplace is more important than ever. In our area, the fall months bring moisture and new sources of allergens in the workplace. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has six recommendations for improving indoor air quality and reducing allergy symptoms:
- Control dust mites: Keep surfaces clean and uncluttered. Whether your facility has hard surface flooring, carpet or a combination, ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning’s professional floor cleaning removes dirt, pollen, allergens, dust, and other particles deep within your carpet’s fibers.
- Vacuum once or twice weekly: In addition to seasonal or regular deep cleaning of commercial flooring, vacuuming helps keep allergens to a minimum, so speak with us if you need to change your vacuuming schedule.
- Prevent animal dander: If yours is a progressive workplace that allows employees to bring their dogs to work, whether occasionally or regularly, keep in mind that most doctors advise people allergic to animal dander to avoid pets with feathers or fur.
- Prevent entry of pollen by keeping windows and doors closed: Air conditioning in warm weather is best and also helps control dust mites by reducing humidity. Change filters often in window units.
- Avoid mold spores: Reduce moisture around the bathrooms, kitchen and other areas that have water. Fix all leaks and other causes of dampness.
- Control pests carefully: Use poison baits, boric acid and traps rather than chemical agents that can irritate rhinitis and asthma.