When You’re Ready For A Healthier Building
Think about this the next time your nose runs, you sneeze, cough or your eyes water.
While dust is normally thought of as just small dirt particles floating around in the air. Dust actually comes with a few surprises. For example, the dust in your office probably contains all of the following:
- plant pollen
- mold spores
- textile fibers
- paper fibers
- hair (both human and animal)
- dead skin cell (both human and animal)
It seems pretty easy to figure out how some of that stuff gets in dust. Whatever is outside your building eventually gets inside your building. Most heating and air conditioning system bring in some outside air, plus the doors and windows open from time to time.
What about chemicals? New carpet often emits chemicals into the air. It can take months for new carpet to stop “off-gassing” these Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
More than half the population owns a cat or dog. These folks will bring animal hair and dander to the office in their clothes.
Printers and copiers can both put out VOCs every time they run. They can also “shave” off a tiny bit of the papers edge, which adds paper dust to the indoor atmosphere.
While that last item in the list above sounds totally gross, you have nothing to worry about. You see all those dead skin cells are the primary food source for millions and millions of dust mites.
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Excerpt of Study
A comparison of the floor concentrations showed that the carpeted flooring had many times the loading of biocontaminants than an equal area of tiled flooring. This was not a surprising result, since one of the advantages of carpet is that it acts as a sink and prevents dirt from being tracked around a space.
Unfortunately, unless the carpet is well maintained, the loading of biocontaminants may build up until the carpet is no longer a sink but becomes a source of contamination. Regular maintenance is critical.
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Dust Mites are microscopic 8 legged (part of the Arachnida/Spider) bugs. These little fellas are the root cause of most allergic reactions to dust. Not because you breathe them or the dead skin, but because you breathe the dust mite feces.
Dust mites love fibers, like the upright panels in your work stations and the carpeting. But don’t plan to get rid of these fibrous items anytime soon. A study on Building Related Illness (BRI) that showed bare floor increase the incidence of symptoms verse clean carpets. The key there being “CLEAN”. If you are not cleaning your carpet and other fibrous products every 6 months, then you are not getting the benefits of the filtering qualities these items provide. In fact, if you are not cleaning them you are contributing to BRI.
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