For many of us, we think that closing our office or commercial space completely is the best way to keep dust out; aside from making everything clean and tidy. Not at all. We forget that effective office and commercial cleaning not only involves tidying things up but it also includes maintaining the air quality inside our commercial space.
Keeping Your Indoor Air Fresh
Following the easy and helpful tips below will surely make the air quality in your office as fresh as the spring breeze!
Avoid Artificial Scents
First, it is highly advisable to lessen the use of spray products because these may leave pollutants in the air for a long time. If possible, do not use air fresheners or room deodorizers that provide artificial scents in the room with the purpose of masking undesirable odors.
The best way to prevent bad odors from filling the air is to dispose garbage properly and regularly. Using pesticides or insecticides is not advisable either. Moreover, you can always explore the use of non-toxic solutions like traps, barriers, and essential oil-based repellents if ever pests appear at any given time. And because perfumes, colognes, and other scented products often contain unhealthy volatile organic compounds and toxic additives like phthalates, it is best to avoid using them altogether.
Second, using a HEPA vacuum or a damp cloth to collect and trap dust and the pollution it contains is one of the best practices when you dust your table, shelves and other surfaces inside the room. In addition, avoid using dusters and techniques that simply stir dust back into your home’s atmosphere because these are often counter-productive measures.
Third, when it comes to your office pantry, use chlorine-free dishwasher detergent. Studies show that hot dishwasher water can turn a detergent’s chlorine into a gas that’s released during operation. You can check out some organic detergents on the Internet, and even make one using fruit and vegetables peelings that we often throw away mindlessly.
Bring the Outdoors In
Fourth, put plants or succulents on your tables and desks since it has been proven that they have impressive air-purification powers.
Among the well-known succulents is the Aloe Vera. This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more.
Another one is the Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum), which is quite a resilient plant even if you neglect it. With lots of rich foliage and tiny white flowers, the spider plant battles benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries.
The Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’) is also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, and is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. Put one in your bathroom — it’ll thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants.
Fifth and last, check and clean your exhaust fans and vents regularly. Better yet, open a door for a minute or two once every few days. Nothing beats the exchange of fresh air as it rinses the room with a fresh supply of a much-needed breeze that would bring coolness and comfort inside your office space.