When it comes to keeping things clean and tidy around the office, air quality might not be on everyone’s radar. Often we think of air pollution and allergens as being external things that only live outside.

This, however, may not always be the case. Air quality in an office environment can affect the health and well-being of you and your team over time.  

As a general rule, allergens and low air quality will have a noticeable affect on people with a sensitivity to sinus and respiratory irritation. Take note of regular visitors or staff that report being triggered when they spend time in your premises.

Common air quality concerns include:

  • Vapours and odours from chemicals, solvents, deodorisers, glues etc
  • Contaminants from mould, mildew and fungi
  • Building materials including asbestos, dust and paint
  • Perfumes, vapours and deodorants
  • Dust from vents, air conditioners, heating systems

If you have serious concerns about the quality of your internal air quality, you can purchase a Volatile Organic Chemical sensor that can detect poor air quality and help you manage your office space accordingly.

To help improve the quality of internal air within your office, here are a few handy office cleaning tips specifically for air quality improvement that you can start implementing immediately.

  1. Check to make sure there is sufficient natural ventilation in your office space. Is there air flow from windows at regular intervals throughout the day?
  2. Monitor corners and crevices where it is likely that there may be moisture. When mould or mildew form and are left unattended they can cause respiratory irritation and a range of other health issues. Check windows and carpet in the corners of a room
  3. Source natural cleaning products where possible to reduce the amount of toxic substances and airborne vapours in the air.
  4. Do not allow smoking within 4-5 metres of the doorway of your building.
  5. Keep green plants inside your office and make sure they stay healthy.
  6. Try to keep humidity between 20% and 70% to avoid causing discomfort and irritation to employees and visitors.

Air quality in the office environment is easy to ignore as it isn’t a visible problem but it may be causing a lot of issues for your employees. Make it your duty to maintain a clean and healthy office space at all times. If you would like more office cleaning tips, be sure to check out more of our blog