Dust, composed of up to five thousand different small particles of materials such as animal dander, the skin we shed, soil particles, smoke and ashes, bacteria, pollen, hair, insect parts, fibres, fungi, and dust mites, can find its way into your home or office and settle on everything. While most types of dust don’t cause severe illnesses, they can cause allergies and sickness. These include symptoms such as coughing, eye irritation, sneezing, and in severe cases, asthma or hay fever.
In offices, dust can cause your employees to fall sick more often. However, it is quite difficult to keep the workplace dust-free since dust can enter your workplace from many different sources. The workplace is also filled with areas that can accumulate dust quickly. A lot of these areas are out of plain sight and hard to reach, so it can be easy to overlook them.
What are some of the effective ways to dust in order to maintain a clean and comfortable working environment?
1. Wipe With a Microfiber Cloth
Microfiber cloths are a highly recommended tool for dusting. From windows to the floor, experts continue to recommend this specific cleaning tool. Its many advantages range from it saving money and outlasting other cleaning cloths to it being safe for the environment and being able to remove 99 per cent of dust on surfaces.
A microfiber cloth works by using its millions of fibres to lift and hold dirt, grease, grime, liquids, and bacteria. The positive-charged polyester fibres and negative-charged nylon fibres actually attract and pull up whatever is on the surface you’re cleaning.
Invest in a microfiber cloth and clean your tabletops at least once a week with it. For dusting, leave the cloth dry and wipe top-down. A damp cloth, on the other hand, would work better for disinfecting. You can spray antibacterial cleaner on it and wipe the table down. After each use, wash the microfiber cloth with water as per its recommended temperature.
2. Use a Blind Duster
Windows can be cleaned regularly, but what about the blinds or shades that cover them? They need some extra attention too. Blinds are great at keeping a room cool, blocking out light, and providing privacy but they are also great at collecting dust, hair, and other dirt that the wind brings. They can be a hassle to clean – but they don’t have to be.
Gather your cleaning supplies first. To tackle your blinds, you are going to need either a specific blind duster or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment. Begin by fully lowering the blinds. Hold the bottom of the blind in one to stabilize it and use the vacuum cleaner or duster to dust, starting from the top and working your way down. Flip the blinds and repeat the process. If dusting is not enough, dampen a fibre cloth with warm water and wipe them down as well. Open them up and let them air-dry.
Clean your blinds at least once a month so the dust accumulation won’t get too bad.
3. Vacuum Carpeted Floors Regularly
Carpets are at a higher risk of dust accumulation. They contain small fibres that can trap a huge amount of dust and dirt. Soon enough, it results in a dusty matted carpet, especially in an area with high foot traffic.
There is no other way around carpet maintenance apart from engaging professional carpet cleaning services or with a vacuum cleaner. And that is a basic first step towards keeping it clean daily. In the long run, carpets need to be professionally cleaned and maintained from time to time to ensure longevity and hygiene level. It maintains the quality of the carpet and upkeeps the cosy and comfortable ambience of your corporate environment.
4. Engage Professional Dusting Services
Your regular janitor might keep your office clean, but they might not be able to keep your office space dust-free, which is why engaging dusting services regularly might be a better idea. Janitors might not be able to reach higher areas such as checkered ceilings or running overhead pipes above 3 meters, above the air-conditioner, and above the lights. Engage the help of Lifeline Cleaning’s dusting services to reach the most difficult and unreachable areas where dirt and dust usually accumulate.
Keeping your office dust-free is not always a walk in the park. Get in touch with Lifeline Cleaning today to get a free consultation and leave all your worries (and dust) in the hands of a trusted professional!