Improving Air Quality: Protecting Health & Reducing Costs

Protecting health and safety ought to involve careful chemical selection and usage, non-skid floor finish, restroom disinfection, and prompt removal of trash to avoid attracting pests.

But perhaps the most significant benefit we can provide our clients is to improve indoor air quality. Consider the health impact of what is carried by the air one breathes. Dust generated inside the building includes soot, bacteria, allergens, paper dust, mold and dust mite droppings. Then there's dust from outside: pollen, spores, various natural environmental toxins (arsenic, lead, lithium, antimony), pesticides and fertilizers. Finally, there are fine particles, such as asbestos and coal dust, that can cause more than 50 occupational disease syndromes. And it's likely to get worse. Desertification and poor practices in rangeland and farmland management disturb the soil, allowing it to blow away. It then finds its way into the buildings we clean.

Leadens Building Maintenance Inc. can do quite a bit to remove dust particles from the workplace: vacuum carpets, microfiber dust wipes and damp mops. Fewer noxious particles inhaled by the client's employees means lower health care costs, fewer sick days, and a more productive, healthier staff at work. Most of the dust in a building resides in the carpet - that's why carpet is called a "dust sink." A thorough vacuuming program will pull a high proportion of that dust from the carpet, and remove it from the building. A vacuuming strategy designed to catch the dust before it migrates throughout the building, involving aggressive vacuuming of entry mats and the carpet near entrances, moderate vacuuming of traffic paths (probably nightly), and as/needed detail vacuuming (perhaps once or twice per week). Using a backpack vacuum allows LBM to easily reach corners, edges and under furniture.

Providing a healthier workplace through proper vacuuming is a priority for Leadens Building Maintenance Inc.

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