Did you know that 1 in 5 people suffer from allergies or asthma, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America? If you’re noticing a slight discomfort at work, chances are that others have too. It’s important to promote a healthy and productive work environment, so when these issues make themselves know, you should combat them immediately. If you’re experiencing itchy eyes and lots of sneezing at work, then you may be battling workplace allergens. Read through the following possible sources to help identify what could be causing your problems:

Office Cleaning Supplies

It’s not uncommon for people to suffer allergic reactions to certain cleaning products. If you notice that you or your coworker are having a reaction to some of the cleaning products used in your office space, try looking into the products used to clean the bathrooms, windows, and desks. Maintaining a healthy and clean office environment will help to improve your conditions and efficiency considerably!

Carpets & Furniture

Having the carpets and furniture in your office professionally cleaned will help to eliminate trapped allergens and bacteria. Particles like dust and pollen are easily kicked up into the air we breathe every time someone sits down or walks across the floor. Your cleaning company should be vacuuming the offices regularly to prevent carpets from becoming dirt and allergen traps as bacteria settles deeper into the fibers.

Depending on the level of traffic and activity in your office, it’s important to get your carpets cleaned regularly, usually about twice a year. However, if your workspace gets more frequent use or if it’s an especially allergy-prompting time of year, you might consider getting them cleaned more regularly. This professional cleaning will help everyone stay more productive and more healthy. Your customers will also appreciate the cleaner, healthier space!

Our recent independent study found that Chem-Dry’s process which utilizes Hot Carbonating Extraction actually removes on average 98% of the common allergens normally found in carpets and upholstery. Not only does this service help your office to look cleaner, but it really does have an effect on the overall health of your workspace, which means a lot to employees and visitors who may suffer from allergies.

Air Filtration

Those with asthma or allergies especially know how important air quality is to your health. It’s easy to see how people can suffer from allergies outside, but once indoors, it’s up to your air filtration system to do the hard work of improving the breathing air inside. If your place of work doesn’t have a properly functioning filtration system, employees will suffer the consequences. Consider replacing your air filters at the beginning of each allergy season. This will help keep the air circulating through the workplace fresh. The difference is easy to notice!
We know you work hard to promote a healthy home. But when you consider that 25% of your week is spent at the office, you have to understand how important the health and cleanliness of your workspace is. Just being away of these potential allergen culprits will help you combat them to aid you and your coworkers at eliminating workplace bacterias and ensuring a more productive work environment year-round.