The Risks Dust Can Pose in The Office

What exactly

IS DUST?

Dust is in every nook and cranny, making it easy to ignore until it starts to coat the surfaces in the home or office. It’s inconvenient and usually a sign that it’s time to clean, but what exactly is dust?

Dust is a collective term for organic and inorganic particles that collect. Most of dust is dead skin cells, but it can also contain toxic chemicals. Lead, pesticides, and much more can be found in dust. When dust is disturbed, these pollutants can be breathed in by anyone.

There are three primary risks that come from having a build-up of dust. They are:

1.           Allergies

Many people are allergic to dust mites, and too much dust in the air can trigger these allergies. Those who are allergic might exhibit symptoms such as itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, and more.

2.           Asthma

Bacteria by-products found in dust can trigger an asthma attack. Those with asthma should be careful when cleaning. As dust flies into the air during dusting or vacuuming, there is a greater chance it will cause a dust related asthma attack.

3.           Dermatitis

Inhaling dust can cause skin conditions such as eczema and atopic dermatitis to flare up. Atopic dermatitis is common in children in their first year of life. When children crawl, or roll around on the floor where dust is commonly found, it can increase the risk of a skin condition.

 It’s impossible to have a completely dust-free office. However, there are a few ways to decrease the amount of dust.

·              No Carpets

Dust can easily cling to carpets, and carpets can even produce dust from its fibres. Hard-surface flooring with rugs is a better alternative.

·              Regularly Dusting

Choose cleaning products and tools that pick up and trap dust instead of cloths or feather dusters that tend to move the dust around. For an even better solution, contact Mint Commercial Cleaning to help you with your cleaning.

·              Air Purifiers

A high-quality air purifier is a great investment to reduce the number of airborne particles. This reduces the amount of dust that builds up.

 For help with cleaning carpets and windows, or disaster restoration, contact the team at Mint Commercial Cleaning. Professional cleaning can help reduce the amount of dust found in the office.