When thinking about potential hazards in our office buildings, we might consider things like parking lot safety or easy access to proper safety equipment. While these are certainly valid places to focus attention, our direction is also worth directing towards the often neglected issue of proper carpet cleaning. Here’s why:
If you think for a while about the cleanliness of the carpets in your life, you will be appalled. They are covered in stains, debris, dirt, dust mites, crumbs, and germs from years and years of use. Carpet buildup is normal. It’s easy for microscopic particles and tiny debris to get cozy deep within the fibers, but it is not as easy to get them out. Regular carpet maintenance can not only improve the cleanliness of the office environment, but it can improve the health of employees and lengthen the life of the carpet.
Deep within the carpet fibers is a whole thriving network of tiny organisms in the form of dust mites, volatile compounds, and mold. These species feed on human hair, dead skin cells, pet dander, and food crumbs. Simply walking on the carpet and moving furniture around kicks these organisms back up into the air, making for a less than healthy environment for employees. The presence of these carpet dwellers lead to increased rates of asthma attacks, season allergies, and cold and flu viruses.
Cold and flu viruses can survive for up to 18 hours on hard surfaces. Imagine how long they will be thriving in your carpet fibers. Not only that, but bacteria increase by 31% for each day that a surface isn’t disinfected. In addition, about two thousand dust mites are able to thrive on one ounce of carpet dust.
Not only are microscopic organisms thriving in your office’s dirty carpets, but you are also making for a nice comfortable environment for bugs like cockroaches as well as small rodents who thrive in dirty environments.
By keeping dirty carpets, you are putting the health and safety of employees at risk. For information on maintaining a clean and healthy carpet, contact Blue Chip Building Maintenance. We have the necessary tools for removing years of buildup and stains from deep in your carpet.