The Health Benefits of Regular Vacuuming

The Health Benefits of Regular Vacuuming

Though mundane and repetitive, regularly vacuuming the floors, carpets, and upholstered areas in your commercial facility can significantly impact occupants' health, wellness, and productivity.

The Health Benefits of Regular Vacuuming

The Health Benefits of Vacuum Cleaners

Regular floor care and maintenance with commercial-grade high-efficiency vacuums are critical for facility health and sanitation.

Regular vacuuming:

  • Removes dirt, soil, pathogens, and other unwanted microbes from flooring, carpets, rugs, and furniture.
  • Improves indoor air and environmental quality by removing the unwanted microbes and particles before they are knocked into the air by occupant foot traffic.
  • Removes particles that contribute to excessive wear and tear, resulting in the premature degradation of the built environment.
  • Maintains the look and visual appeal of the facility, and;
  • Positively contributes to occupant mental health and wellbeing via the visual queues of a clean and orderly workplace.

 

The Importance of High-Quality Filtration in Illness Prevention

A key component when assessing vacuum cleaner quality is filtration.

High-quality commercial-grade vacuums will have a HEPA filter with a 99.7% efficiency rating for particles at 0.3 microns.

The filtration system combined with high-quality seals on the filter and motor housing prevents particles commonly found in carpets from ejecting into the air resulting in serious occupant health concerns.

According to VacuumsGuide.com;

There are dozens of tiny microbes constantly floating around, which can cause a lot of problems for people with asthma and inhalant-related allergies such as hay fever.

Dust mites, bacteria, and mold attack an asthma sufferer’s respiratory system making them wheeze, have difficulty breathing, and cough violently at night.

Generic Stromectol is used to treat symptoms.

When people with allergic rhinitis (otherwise known as hay fever) come into contact with dust mites, they experience all the discomforts of a bad cold: coughing, chest congestion, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes.

Accumulation of pet hair and dander (dead skin cells that animals shed regularly) can cause people with pet allergies to experience nasal, respiratory, or skin symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and rashes.

Why you should vacuum your home at least once a week

 

Regular Vacuum Maintenance

Routine vacuum maintenance is almost as important as regular facility floor care.

  • Filters should be cleaned and replaced as necessary to ensure maximum efficacy and prolong the functional lifespan of the vacuum cleaner.
  • Brush rollers should be inspected and be free of hair and string debris.
  • The cups should be checked for dirt buildup and cleaned as needed.
  • For vacuums with bags--the bag should be checked regularly to ensure a secure fit and replaced when necessary, and;
  • Vacuum operating time should be tracked so that manufacturer-recommended parts are replaced in a timely manner, ensuring the maximum useable lifespan of the system.

 

How Often Should You Vacuum Your Facility?

Service providers should provide basic floor care and maintenance at least once per week--likely more depending on the amount of foot traffic through the facility and the demographics who occupy the building.

As an example--classrooms, while school is in session, should have the floors vacuumed every day, whereas a low-occupancy board room in an office could safely be serviced once per week.

High-traffic areas in any facility, especially during the winter when more soil is tracked into the building in the form of mud and when the risk of colds and influenza are increased will benefit from multiple cleanings throughout the day.

 

References & Resources

 

Takeaway

Basic floor care and maintenance in the form of routine vacuuming with a high-efficiency HEPA filtered commercial-grade vacuum system will increase cleaning outcomes and occupant health while decreasing the time and resources necessary for task completion.

Access to this type of equipment, in addition to the knowledge required to make an informed decision, and the skills necessary to properly maintain the equipment are typically outside of the realm of experience and skills of the average business owner, regardless of facility size or type.

Outsourcing is a proven method for onboarding highly in-demand cleaning and disinfection services and experience for a fraction of the price of maintaining a similar service in-house.

If you would like more information regarding the effectiveness of high-performance infection prevention and control measures, or if you would like to schedule a free, no-obligation on-site assessment of your facility's custodial needs, contact us today for a free quote!

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