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Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Go Hand in Hand

When you think about a deep cleaning of your office, what do you consider?  Dusting, strip & waxing of floors, machine scrubbing of restroom floors, shampooing and cleaning carpets?  However, upholstery cleaning may not be top of mind.  Have you ever stopped to consider those other germ-filled upholstery items, like cubicle walls, partition dividers or (gasp) your chair?

In the average office, you have sugars, starches, proteins, skin, perspiration, and germs circulating throughout the entire facility and collecting on furniture.  Cubicle walls often hide dust and stains by design, but are among the most neglected areas in an office building.   They are one of the biggest filtering medias that you have in the building.   Cubicles are commonly covered with a layer of woven polyester fabric that can become a collector of dust and other airborne debris.  They also collect stains associated with workers eating and drinking at their desk, from coffee spills to soup splatters.  Each person sheds about a gram and a half of dead skin cells every day.  However, the real concern lies with dust mites, who allergic droppings threaten indoor air quality.

Upholstery cleaning is a must in any building where indoor air quality is a priority (and it should be).  It’s also important to remove invisible stains or damage from foods, beverages, sweat, skin oils and more.

Talk to your janitorial provider about whether they offer upholstery cleaning in addition to the standard carpet extraction.  Hot water extraction provides a thorough, deeper cleaning.  A damp or dry shampoo can be brushed on, agitating the fibers and allowed to dry before being vacuumed away.

It is recommended to most commercial office customer that the cleaning of cubicles, partitions and upholstered furniture should be performed once every 12 to 24 months.  One rule of thumb to remember: “If you can see the soil, you’ve waited too long to get it clean”

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HEPA Filters ~ How often should you change them?

Most cleaning professionals know vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters (high efficiency particulate air filters) can help protect indoor air quality. These filters capture the smallest of particles, 99.97 percent of the time. They can trap smoke, molds, bacteria, dust mites, pollen, and other particles.

HEPA filtration is a great advantage used in modern vacuum cleaners because it removes harmful particles from the air that can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. However, this filtration method is only effective if properly maintained. Taking good care of your vacuum and performing routine maintenance will ensure a clean and healthy environment.

Over time, HEPA filters need to be replaced. This is crucial for the vacuum cleaner to operate at optimal performance. However, because HEPA filters can last a fairly long time, it is not uncommon that you simply forget to change them.  In fact, if you fail to replace the HEPA filter in your vacuum cleaner, it can actually cause a loss in suction and an increase in allergies or asthma due to particles released into the air. If you use a bagless vacuum cleaner, you will need to pay more attention to the filter. While the advantage of not having to replace bags is great, bagless vacuums tend to be a lot less efficient in filtration than bagged machines. Harmful particles can easily escape back into the air from these machines due to a lack of sealed filtration.

If you use a bagless vacuum (like a Dyson ball) you’ll want to replace the filter every 3-6 months as needed. Some filters offered in these machines will be washable. If this is the case, make sure to wash the filter as often as a normal filter would be replaced in order to avoid dirt buildup.

When replacing the filter, users should contact the distributor where it was purchased or the manufacturer directly. And always select the HEPA filter designed for that specific machine and model.