Updated: Nov 18, 2020
Have you heard of Sick Building Syndrome? There is even a name for the illness attached to poor indoor air quality and the leaky roof and moldy ceiling tiles and filthy carpets and dirty doorknobs. Offices everywhere are sick, causing those who work there to suffer also.
Signs of Sick Building Syndrome
Common symptoms of sick building syndrome include headache, irritated throat, itchy eyes and nose, coughing, nausea, and fatigue. As you can see, the symptoms are generic and varied; this is typically due to poor ventilation and the re-circulation of mold, dust or some other kind of neurotoxin aromas wafting through the air ducts of your workplace. Do not fret your office cleaning service can help. Here are some things to ask your current cleaning service to find out if they are doing the job correctly.
Are They Using the Correct Vacuum?
A Vacuum with HEPA filtration is the best vacuum to use. The right vacuum is key for good health. Dust can trigger allergies and asthma. Vacuuming with a good machine cuts the amount of dust you inhale. HEPA vacuums will remove 99% of dust, dirt, bacteria allergens so you can relax at work without the fear of filth.
What Materials Are They Using to Dust Your Facility?
Microfiber is the only acceptable answer. Microfiber cloths enable chemical-free cleaning that leaves the surface virtually free of any foreign material. Used with only water, Microfiber clothes are 98.9% effective in removing bacteria from smooth surfaces. A conventional cloth or mop used with Lysol or bleach is only 92% effective. So it is important that your office cleaning service uses the weight and class of microfiber specified for hygienic cleaning and the removal of dirt, dust, germs and other contaminants.
What Kind of Chemicals Are They Using?
Make sure your service is using fragrance-free cleaning products that are low on VOC’s (volatile organic compounds). Volatile organic compounds ) means any compound of carbon, excluding carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, metallic carbides or carbonates, and ammonium carbonate, which participates in atmospheric photochemical reactions. Formaldehyde is a VOC. Just say no to formaldehyde. You do not want to walk into your facility and smell last night’s cleaning chemicals.