Dealing with Dust Mites in the Workplace
Dust is one of those things that needs to be constantly dealt with in order to keep it at bay. It’s important to keep workplaces free of dust, not only to create a pleasant and healthy environment for staff, but also to present a professional image to customers. Keeping dust under control is also important because dust mites love the stuff!
What are dust mites?
Dust mites are related to spiders. They are a wingless creature with an oval-shaped body that you can’t see with the naked eye – which is probably just as well!
In an office, dust mites may hide in carpets, furniture, and curtains, while in healthcare settings they might also be found in bedding and linen.
According to the Better Health Channel, the little mites can cause allergic responses in some people – such as wheezing, coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes and skin, rashes and hives, and breathing difficulties.
The allergy is caused by a response to the proteins that dust mites carry, which means even dead mites can cause allergies and need to be removed.
Some ways of reducing dust mites
Ways to reduce dust and dust mites in the workplace include:
- Damp dusting.
- Mopping hard floors.
- Keeping surfaces clean.
- Vacuuming using a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner.
- Discarding items that gather dust – such as old piles of paper.
- Maintaining air conditioning systems – such as keeping them clean, cleaning and replacing filters, and maintaining air ducts.
- Washing mats and rugs.
- Reducing the room humidity level to below 50%. However, ensure you don’t set it too low as it could cause other problems.
- In healthcare settings where beds are used – mattresses should be enclosed in dust mite-resistant covers and linen should be washed in water above 55°C.
How professional commercial cleaning can help
Even if there are no employees with allergies to dust mites in your workplace, commercial cleaning
is a good idea for general health and cleanliness. Professional cleaners will use industrial vacuum cleaners that can remove microscopic particles of dust and other matter, and know how to ensure that floors and surfaces are hygienic.
Keeping the workplace free of dust is also important for maintaining a professional environment and image, and is a sign that you really care about your premises and your workers. Make sure to get your workplace – whether it’s an office, clinic, restaurant or another type of business – regularly professionally cleaned to reduce the dust and dirt, and to help maintain the health of workers, clients and visitors.
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