Everyone is experiencing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We all want to get back to some normalcy, and that involves returning to work. Business owners must get their buildings prepared and consider how to decrease the spread of the virus. The CDC has guidelines for reopening. One of those guidelines is to have the building cleaned.
Facility managers can begin with air ducts and carpets. Cleaning the air ducts can improve the building’s ventilation system which will improve the indoor air quality. Clean carpets can provide an odor-free workplace. Both promote a healthy and clean work environment.
Benefits of Clean Air Ducts and Carpets
If your business or commercial building is ready to re-open, you must consider how best to decrease or eliminate the spread of the virus. Planning should involve ways to maintain a healthy business environment for all involved.
Air ducts help control indoor air quality. Duct leaks and inefficient air filtration can result in dust entering the duct system. Dust can accumulate so much that it breaks off and re-enter the air in the workplace making commercial buildings dirty. High humidity in commercial spaces provides moisture for mold to develop.
Mold spores can be released through the ducts that circulate throughout the building. Exposing employees to these mold spores can increase the risk of upper respiratory infection. This is not a good combination for COVID-19 prevention.
Everything that’s floating in the air will eventually settle down inside the carpets. Carpet is a porous surface and can easily hold on to dust, allergens, and germs. Clean carpets are an important step to getting your commercial building disinfected and protecting the health of its occupants. Getting carpets and air ducts professionally cleaned can benefit your business in the following ways:
1. Improves Indoor Air Quality
Cleaner air helps employees with allergies and respiratory illnesses. Clean air ducts and carpets will result in a healthier work environment. Employees and customers should know that businesses are taking this pandemic seriously and are concerned about everyone’s health.
2. Removes Troublesome Odors and Stains
Bad odors can be eliminated by having your office or warehouse air ducts and carpets cleaned. These odors can be from exhaust fans, chemical solutions, or dirt. Cleaning the air ducts in commercial buildings reduces the stains that may settle on carpeting, walls, and upholstery. Carpet fibers capture contaminants that, if not removed by professional cleaning, can produce odors. Dirt, spills, excessive moisture, and built-up residue can cause odors in carpets.
3. Eliminates Toxins
Air duct cleaning reduced germs and pathogens that could cause respiratory issues. Products that contain paint and toxic compounds can release volatile organic compounds into the air. These fine particles can make their way into the air ducts and carpet fibers. The only way to get rid of toxins in the air ducts and carpets is to have them professionally cleaned.
4. Greater HVAC Efficiency and Longer Lifespan
Dust and debris block proper airflow through the HVAC systems of commercial facilities. The fan motor and other components work harder to distribute air to different areas in a building. When air ducts are cleaned, less energy will be used to move the air and the HVAC components will last longer. Carpets will stay cleaner longer without the excess dust falling from the air ducts.
Signs Your Air Ducts and Carpets Need Cleaning
All business owners and facility managers should know when to have their air ducts and carpets cleaned. Air ducts should be inspected annually and cleaned every 3 to 5 years. Air ducts in some facilities where cleanliness is critical, such as hospitals, should be cleaned every year. Carpets should be cleaned at least once a year. Here are the signs to pay attention to:
- Dust and dirt accumulation
- Odors that are stronger when the HVAC system is running
- Complaints of breathing issues, headaches, or feeling ill at work
- Dust particles blowing out of the HVAC system that lands on desk, carpets, and furniture.
Professional Cleaning Makes a Difference
A regular maintenance team that works for the company will not suffice in times such as these. Professional cleaners know the proper techniques to thoroughly clean air ducts and carpets to ensure your building is sanitary and safe.
St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration has proven methods and state of the art equipment to safely remove odors, stains, and germs, from air ducts and all types of carpet. Our technicians will work efficiently to get your business back open safely. Contact us today for a free consultation.