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Dust mites and Allergens.

Dust mites are the invisible culprits keeping millions sick and from coming to work. The American Academy of Asthma and Immunology estimates that up to thirty percent of people in the US suffer from allergic rhinitis, and that allergies are one of the top three reasons people miss work. This can have a significant effect on a company’s productivity. Most mistakenly think they have an allergy to dust, but what they are actually allergic to the dust mite’s excrement. Dust mites thrive in any textile materials such as drapes, pillows, and carpeting and their by-products are so small that it ends up being part of the air in office spaces, which is one major cause of many typical dust allergy symptoms.

 

Dust mites cannot be avoided completely, but with proper cleaning techniques their effects can be minimized. Commercial janitorial service providers are the on front lines of maintaining healthy workplaces through cleanliness. As part of your company’s value proposition in maintaining the health of an organization, consider these facts from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

• Dust mites are primitive creatures with no developed respiratory system and no eyes. They are too small to be seen with the naked eye, measuring only about one quarter to one third of a millimeter. Under the microscope, they can be seen as whitish, eight-legged bugs.

• Dust mites feed primarily on the tiny flakes of human skin that people normally shed each day. An average adult person may shed up to one and a half grams of skin each day, an amount that can feed one million dust mites.

• Dust mites thrive in temperatures of 68-77°F and relative humidity levels of seventy to eighty percent.

 

Fighting dust mites

 Knowing is half the battle, so education regarding dust mites and working hard to control their effects is vital. Commercial janitorial service providers should take steps to minimize the effect of dust mites can play a part in securing, and for that matter, keeping or losing a contract. Follow these best commercial janitorial service practices to reduce dust allergy from dust mites in the work place.

• Use a damp cloth for dusting.

 • Convert to vacuum cleaners with microfiltration bags

 • Wash rugs in hot water whenever possible. Cold water leaves up to ten percent of mites behind. Dry cleaning kills all mites and is also good for removing dust from fabrics.

 • Shampoo carpeted areas often

 • Vacuum and dust frequently

 • Shampoo upholstered furniture

 • Consider a non-residual insecticide or steam cleaners

Steam ultimately kills dust mites dead. To assure you are getting the job done right you should contact a professional such as PRS of Tampa Bay.

 

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