It seems that the change in every season brings a new raft of allergies to the surface, causing misery and heartbreak to millions of Australians. While many allergies are caused by different flowering plants, a considerable number are caused by triggers like the humble dust mite. If you want to maintain good productivity in the office and keep your staff as healthy as possible, you need to be sure that your property is spotlessly clean. What do you need to bear in mind if you're going to head off those allergy attacks?
Taking a Proper Approach
Everybody knows that it's important to clean on a regular basis, but many people think that a cursory attempt will do. Allergy triggers can be created from mould and mildew spores, as well as dust mites. It's amazing where they can fester if you're not very rigourous with your cleaning activities.
Having said that, some people seem to think that they should take an industrial style approach to this, using the most aggressive, chemically powered cleaners they can get. Yet that can cause allergy-like symptoms on its own, as the gases given off by the products can cause irritation. Ensure that you use only natural cleaning products, and watch out for killer ingredients like formaldehyde or ammonia.
Getting Rid of Junk
There's a lot to be said for a minimalist approach when it comes to kitting out your office with equipment and furniture. Make sure also that all paperwork is filed away and that there is no clutter in corners. You will find it very difficult to keep your premises as clean as possible if you don't take this approach.
You should ensure that your cleaning company uses vacuum cleaners that are state-of-the-art and have a HEPA filter installed. Not all cleaners are the same, and some will just disturb the dust and fling it into the air, where it will settle somewhere else later.
Changing Window Treatments
Have a look at the window treatments around the office. If you're still using the old, horizontal style blinds, then it's time to change. Those are almost impossible to keep clean due to their very design, and you should choose roller blinds instead or curtains that you can take off and wash periodically.
Dealing with Plants
If you have office plants, you need to take a few steps to safeguard these as well. They can certainly add to the general decor of the room, but make sure that you cover the soil with gravel or something similar, as this will minimise the formation of mould on the surface.
Drawing Up a Plan
Have a word with your office cleaning company to come up with a plan to help you deal with the next allergy season.