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How To Prevent Dust Build Up In The Office

How To Prevent Dust Build Up In The Office

How To Prevent Dust Build Up In The Office Dust.  It’s that ever-present element in a room that is always building up, always gaining momentum in the hardest to reach areas.  While dust in the home might be more manageable because rooms are smaller and can be dealt with separately, dust in the office is a whole other ballgame.  The Office Is Filled With Objects That Attract Dust The fact that there are so many static objects in one room is one thing.  Dust just loves static objects.  Add to that the fact that many offices A) don’t have great ventilation, and B) are always filled with many people.  Taken together, the average office space is an ideal environment for dust to build-up. The Impact Of Dust On Health We all know the impact that dust has on us.  For one thing, many people suffer from dust (or dust related) allergies.  The American Academy of Asthma and Immunology reports that approximately 30 percent of the population suffer from some kind of nasal allergen.  Sneezy and stuffed up sinuses are the main side-effects of dust allergies, conditions that make it terribly hard to be efficient at work.  Those who don’t suffer from dust related allergies are still effected by dust because poor ventilation means the air is thick and heavy in the office.  Not to mention the fact that it just makes the office seem dirty.  Nothing could more uninspiring than a dirty office. Here are some tips for how to prevent dust build-up in the average office space: Get an Air Purifier It’s important to get the best air purifier product on the market.  Luckily it’s easy to tell the best from the rest, because top quality air purifiers utilize HEPA filters to extract particles in the air that will become dust at some point.  HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air, and will be advertised on the product in-store. Don’t Invest in Air Fresheners In the short-term it might seem helpful to invest in air fresheners.  That would be a mistake, unless it’s an organic air freshener.  A lot of air fresheners on the market contain chemicals that actually break-down as dust.  The best example of this is limonene, a molecule that smells like orange which actually breaks down into secondary fragments that just hang in the air, looking for a place to rest.  The more natural light...

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How to Properly Care for Your Office Furniture

How to Properly Care for Your Office Furniture

Office furniture is a business investment that has the potential to see a company through many years. Workplace furniture must withstand a lot of wear and tear, and it requires care and maintenance to withstand the test of time. Once in place, the following care tips will help business owners to maximize the enjoyment of their office furniture and keep it looking great for years to come. Protect desks – Desk surfaces are exposed to a lot, and they are one of the first places where office furniture will show signs of use. Employers can ensure that their desks stay looking great by providing desk pads for their staff to use. Some employees prefer clear plastic protective covers keep desks free from scratches, while others make use of the space with a large calendar or desk blotter to act as a buffer between office items and the furniture’s finish. Heat from computers, pressure from writing, and general wear and tear can all take their toll on a hard-working desks surfaces. Employers may also wish to supply employees with an ample supply of coasters to use for both hot and cold drinks, so they don’t mark desks. Clean properly – Cleaning crews should treat desks, cabinets, bookcases, and meeting tables with the type of cleaning solution that’s best suited to the materials they are made of. Cleaners should use a mild solution for removing dirt and natural oils from the skin from laminate furniture while genuine wood furniture should be cleaned with a polish that’s formulated specifically for wood. Business owners should ensure that their janitorial staff uses the appropriate type of solution for the furniture that they own to help keep it in excellent condition. Shield from UV rays – The sun’s rays can quickly fade furniture in areas with large windows, so it’s a good idea to install a clear UV film to office windows to keep furnishings protected. Not only will UV film maintain the original color of office furniture by cutting down on fading, but it also helps to reduce glare and control heat, making it a worthwhile investment for any office space. Keep chairs in good condition – Office chairs should get a tune-up once or twice a year to ensure that they’re in good working order and that any repairs are made quickly to prevent further damage. To maintain an office chair, janitorial staff...

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Bacteria in the Workplace

Bacteria in the Workplace

Combating Bacteria in the Workplace No matter how organized or tidy a workplace appears to be, there is always an invisible layer of germs and bacteria that are present all around us. These bacteria exist on every surface, floors, walls, furniture, as well as in the air we breathe. Many of these bacteria can make us sick. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that an estimated 80% of infections are spread through hand to hand contact with other people and through hand contact with contaminated surfaces. In an office or job site, many people share the same areas and handle the same equipment, making it easy to spread germs from person to person. The prevalence of bacteria means that cleanliness in the workplace is a top priority for businesses who want to keep their employees healthy and productive. Where Bacteria Lives in the Workplace  Germs are present on every surface in an office or at a job site, but the ones that are most concentrated are in shared spaces like the copy room or break room. Door handles, elevator buttons, refrigerator handles, copy and printing equipment, water fountains, and more, are all prime sources of bacteria that can easily be spread from person to person. Employee’s personal workspaces are also major sources of bacteria. Office phones, cell phones, computer keyboards, and desk surfaces are all areas that are covered in bacteria that can impact our health and wellbeing as well as the health of our co-workers. How to Tackle Workplace Bacteria   For individuals Everyone in the office or job site can do their part to keep their areas as clean as possible. Frequent handwashing is the most effective way for employees to prevent the spread of infections bacteria from person to person and helps to keep them free from disease. Using hand sanitizer at regular intervals and wiping down personal surfaces, like computer keyboards and phones, with antibacterial wipes are proactive measures that employers can encourage their employees to take to safeguard their health in the workplace. For employers Businesses are responsible for ensuring they are providing a clean and healthy environment for their employees. Business owners can do this by requesting that their office janitorial crew disinfect commonly shared surfaces as part of their regular workplace cleaning regime. Employers may wish to provide posters in break rooms, bathrooms, and other shared areas to educate...

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What’s in Your Carpet?

What’s in Your Carpet?

Do You Know What’s in Your Carpet? Why is everybody out sick today? That question often has no explanation. If something is going around at your office, however, it could be crawling up from the surface instead of buzzing through the air. Most people shutter at the thought of what living organisms reside in their carpets. While home carpets are bad enough, imagine what 50 staff members in a tight office can track in daily. It’s safe to assume that whatever is out there, is probably in here. Just How Bad Is It? Studies have shown that the average shoe can smuggle up to 8 million bacteria per square centimeter into an office building. That type of illegal immigration can add up to entire ecosystems threatening the health of your employees. Who are the main...

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How to Insulate Your Home This Winter

How to Insulate Your Home This Winter

How To Insulate Your Home This Winter Ok, the bad news first. There’s a good chance that you’ll be paying more to keep your home warm this winter than ever before. Earlier this month NPR released a report on the rising costs of winter fuels. According to the latest study conducted by Jeff Brady, The Energy Information Administration projects gas bills will rise more than 20 percent. Your overall bill will depend on where you live. The agency reports that an entire winter’s worth of natural gas heating for the average home will be $635. “Temperatures this winter, based on the most recent forecast of heating degree days (from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), are expected to be much colder than last winter east of the Rocky Mountains, with the Northeast and Midwest 17 percent colder and the South 18 percent colder. … In the West, temperatures are forecast to be about 2 percent warmer than last winter.” Insulation: The Key to Combatting Old Man Winter The good news is, you can take proactive measures to prevent the cold temperatures outside from invading your home interior. Below is a list of areas to focus on. Walls There are essentially three components to a wall: 1) The outer layer which is often material like vinyl siding or brick, 2) The inner layer which is drywall or plaster, and 3) The middle section that is filled with wall insulation. These areas should be inspected annually for damaged areas where air or water can leak. Windows & Doors The areas around windows and doors are notorious for allowing small drafts in the house. Drafts are created from tiny shifts in the framework over time. The window and doorframes may need to be resealed. Attic There are numerous issues that can occur in the attic area. The primary issue is proper ventilation. Air needs to pass through the attic to keep it dry and free from humidity and moisture. If cold air is trapped in the attic, it can keep the entire house cool and which causes your heating system to work hard and become less efficient. Another central issue is the attic insulation. Regardless of what type of insulation is in your attic, it will become worn out and need to be replaced. A healthy blanket of insulation of your attic will keep drafts and low temperatures out of the...

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5 Reasons to Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Companies

5 Reasons to Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Companies

Top 5 Reasons to Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Companies Humans have a responsibility to this planet – to keep it clean and safe for future generations. There are more and more people and businesses coming to realize this and are opting for products that are healthier for them and the environment. If you didn’t already know, many of the cleaning solutions on the market today are unsafe for the users and those who dwell or work in the buildings they are used in. The chemicals implemented into these solutions have been tied to all sorts of health concerns, including asthma flare-ups, allergies and even cancer. Long-term use of such products can be detrimental to your well-being, which is why you should be more conscience about the types of cleaning solutions used inside of your property. If you’re going to hire a cleaning company for your home or business, make sure they utilize products that are eco-friendly or “green.” Here’s a quick list of the top five reasons why you should use green products: Maintain a Healthy Indoor Environment Your home or business should consist of clean air for occupants and visitors to breathe. Since most people spend majority of their time indoors (at home and at work), it’s vital for these places to maintain high indoor air quality. The cleaning supplies used linger in the atmosphere for a long time, setting into our lungs and traveling throughout our bodies. Cleaner Outdoor Environment The air inside of your property mixes with the air outdoors. The chemicals sprayed inside of your property will undoubtedly release into the outside world, causing harm to the wildlife outdoors. People, animals and plants can become affected by these fumes. We are already dealing with a polluted world, so why contribute to it more? Do your part in creating a world that is healthier for everyone. Cheaper Cleaner Options Companies that offer green cleaning solutions are utilizing products that are made with natural ingredients, like lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil and so on. This is much more affordable than the chemically-made solutions that derive out of scientific labs. The prices for eco-friendly cleaning supplies have become very competitive, making prices more reasonable. Reduce Chances of Illness Those living with allergies and asthma know all too well the importance of clean indoor air. Even those without these problems aren’t in the clear. It’s possible for completely healthy people...

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