Take a deep breath. Breathe In. Breathe out. Now, consider the quality of the air around you.
Because we can’t usually see bad air particles, the assumption is that the air around us is clear. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re sitting indoors in front of your computer screen. In fact, on average, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. Unfortunately, indoor air quality can be up to ten times more polluted than the air outside. According to the environmental protection agency, indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental risks to public health and, in professional settings can lead to symptoms such as decreased productivity, increased employee absences, and greater health care costs.
So what can you do? First, it’s important to understand where the quality of your air sits today.
There are many indicators of poor indoor air quality. Sometimes it can be difficult to decipher whether or not there is an issue without a professional test, but there are signs you can look for, and smell for if you suspect there may be an indoor air quality issue. If you walk into your home or place of business and smell something musty, pungent, wet, or stale, you are most likely smelling mold. If you smell a chemical-like or a toxic aroma, that is also an indication that there is something that is creating air quality issues. Health-wise, you should be looking for symptoms that occur when you are in your home or place of business that continue even after you leave. For example, headaches, dizziness, light-headedness, and drowsiness are all signs of exposure to poor indoor air quality. Not only should you watch out for the immediate symptoms of poor indoor air quality, but you should also be aware of the long-term symptoms that could occur. You don’t have to live in fear because there are professional services available that can help.
Measuring your air quality indoors can be easily and effectively done by an indoor air quality professional. Indoor air quality professionals, also known as Indoor Environmental Consultants, are fully trained, certified, and licensed in their field. They are able to take samples of contents in the air and building materials (damaged and not damaged) to assess whether there are dangerous materials or air pollutants present. This process is very detailed and the results can provide you with peace of mind.
Cleanliness in your indoor spaces is the first step in improving your indoor air quality. Below are a couple of steps you can take to ensure that you are providing the best working environment for yourself and your employees.
Have your Carpet and Upholstery Regularly Cleaned and Maintained
Vacuuming your carpeting consistently prevents the particulates that get caught in carpet fibers from polluting your air every time somebody walks into your building. And deep cleaning your carpet and upholstery with the milliCare by Cubix, Inc. proprietary carpet maintenance system has been proven to remove up to 99% of pollutants—preventing them from becoming airborne. Your space will not only look cleaner but will feel fresh, too
Use Environmentally Safe Cleaning Products and Methods
Environmentally safe cleaning products and methods help prevent dirt, dust, and pollutants in your textiles from becoming airborne without introducing unnecessary or unwanted VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
Limit moisture in your workspaces
Microbial growth thrives in wet or humid conditions. By managing the amount of water leftover in your office spaces and common areas, you can improve air quality and promote a healthy and comfortable working environment free of mold, pests and insects. The dry care process used by milliCare by Cubix, Inc. uses very little water to limit the potential for mold and bacteria growth.
To learn more about the quality of the air in your building or what you can do about it, contact milliCare by Cubix, Inc. today.