The quality of the air in the workplace is important because it can affect the health, comfort, and performance of the employees that are indoors all day. To ensure that the air quality in your office building is at exceptional levels, it is critical that you do not overlook cleaning the ventilation and ceiling tile areas of the workplace.
Not only will cleaning these areas improve the air quality for the employees, but it can also help extend the lifetime of the ceiling tiles and ventilation system when they are maintained, cleaned, and kept up with. This can ultimately save the company money and a few headaches in the long run.
The ventilation system is vital to the office building because it is what determines the quality of the air the employees are breathing in. A few contaminants that can affect the air quality include CO2 from people breathing, perfume, body odors, dust, fiberglass particles, and microorganisms or even mold. All of these contaminants can have a very negative effect on the air the employees breathe in and can cause sickness and other health problems when exposed for too long.
Even something as innocent as new furniture or a fresh coat of paint can cause a decline in the air quality because of the gases that are released such as formaldehyde.
Ceiling tiles directly above our heads are also caused for concern and should be cleaned regularly because of all the dust and contaminants that could settle here as well. Not only will dirty ceiling tiles cause the same adverse reactions as poor ventilation, the lighting for the office may also be affected.
What Can You Do?
To combat the negative effects of poor air quality in the office, you can follow a few of these cleaning tips regularly to stay ahead of the problems. Also, hiring an experienced cleaning company to come in a perform a more in-depth and deeper cleaning of the office is also a good idea because sometimes it may be hard to find time in between all the other required office tasks to get the cleaning done the right way.
1. Vacuum regularly. Try using a vacuum that contains a HEPA filter, has strong suction, and is equipped with a rotating brush. Go over the same areas more than once to ensure a deeper clean and don’t neglect the baseboards and furniture. Dust from ceiling tiles could always come loose and settle on all the different surfaces in the office.
2. Keep the humidity levels at between 30 and 50% to help prevent dust mites and mold.
3. Make sure to clean the vents and remove any dust and debris
4. Wipe down the light fixtures
5. Use a damp cloth to wipe down dirty ceiling tiles
And as already recommended, hiring a professional cleaning company is a good idea because they have the tools and resources that are needed to accomplish a much deeper clean of the office including the vents and ceiling tiles.