The coming of spring is a time when the Toronto area wakes up from a snowy winter and enjoy warmer weather. But for one in six Canadians who suffer from hay fever or seasonal allergies, this is the time of year when some of us have allergies that make us cough, scratch our eyes, wheeze, and become irritable. We don’t want that.
As we wrote before, spring is the time when we make it a priority to do a deep annual clean involving steam cleaning carpets, cleaning windows, and stripping and waxing floors. Spring cleaning also helps remove allergens that make their way into the work environment, which helps those with allergies breathe easier.
When it comes to vacuuming, it’s important that vacuums get the very tiny particulates that cause allergies. Allergy Consumer Review explains that a good vacuum should have a high air flow rating, which means that it pulls out allergens from carpets and upholstery faster and penetrate deeper. It should also have a HEPA filter positioned after the motor and sealed so that allergens don’t leak out.
Eliminating airborne dusts and allergens helps improve indoor air quality, which, in turn, helps reduce building related illnesses. When employees aren’t suffering allergies, they tend to be happier and more productive taking fewer sick days. This helps save organizations money.
We care about clean, and we’re sure that any allergy sufferers at your workplace also care about clean. There’s no way to eliminate all allergens, but regular cleaning definitely makes a difference. Make it a priority this spring to schedule a deep spring clean and regular cleaning to keep allergens at a minimum.
Concern about indoor exposure to mold has increased along with public awareness that it can cause a variety of health effects and symptoms, including allergic reactions.
In the workplace, just like at home, mold growth needs to be strictly avoided. Significant problems can arise if the growth is left unchecked, affecting the look and smell of your facility — and possibly even causing structural damage.
How does it grow?
Mold can grow on virtually any surface, as long as there is moisture or water, oxygen and an organic source.
These tiny toxic organisms reproduce by creating spores that are too small to be seen by the human eye — and these spores continually float throughout the indoor and outdoor air. Exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose and throat in certain individuals, especially those prone to asthma or with weakened immune systems.
Don’t let the mold take hold
Moisture control is key to mold control. When leaks or spills occur indoors, act promptly. Any moisture problems should be addressed and cleaned properly.
Here are some key steps to avoid an overgrowth:
- repair leaky plumbing or leaks in the building structure as soon as possible
- look for condensation and wet spots, and fix the source of the moisture immediately
- perform regular HVAC and roof inspections
- maintain indoor relative humidity below 70%
- be sure to properly vent moisture-generating appliances
- provide adequate drainage around the building and slopping
- pinpoint areas where leaks have occurred, identifying the causes, and taking preventative action to ensure that they do not re occur.
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We can take care of any existing mold or mildew problems and show you how to avoid them in the first place.