It doesn’t have to be spring to bring out the annoying allergy symptoms that disrupt our day and decreases productivity in the workplace.
It’s easy to cut a regular vacuuming from the budget when funds get tight. However, a regular vacuuming can reduce or eliminate allergens in office carpeting. The answer: keep a regular vacuuming on the to-do list for your cleaning company (or employee) or request that your employees add vacuuming to their list of daily tasks that should be done.
Get your ducts cleaned.
Indoor allergens like dust mites, mold, and pet dander circulate through office ducts on a daily basis. To rid your ducts of these allergens, contact a professional to clean all your ducts.
Designate a smoking area.
Cigarette smoke can be a major trigger of allergies, so make sure you designate a smoking area for employees who want to smoke. Just as importantly, make sure the designated area is away from ducts that can draw the smoke into the workplace.
Get your carpets professionally cleaned.
A professional carpet cleaning not only makes your office carpet look new, but also removes allergens. To make sure you’re regularly removing the allergens, set a regular carpet cleaning schedule with your cleaning service—annual, biannual, or quarterly (depending on traffic)—that not only removes the allergens but keeps them out of your office carpet all year long.
Monitor room humidity.
Mold is the allergy sufferer’s enemy. Rooms with humidity above 50 percent can breed mold, mildew, and dust mites, stirring up allergy symptoms and causing respiratory problems. Monitor your office humidity and take appropriate actions to maintain an ideal room humidity.
Talk to your cleaning service.
If you have an employee with a specific allergy, or a reaction to certain cleaners, hire a cleaning service that can meet the needs of an allergy-free workplace. The allergy sufferers in your office will thank you, and so will your bottom line.