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Allergies at Work: How to Reduce Allergens in the Workplace

“It’s just allergies.”

It’s a familiar refrain this time of year as those who suffer with seasonal allergies explain away our sneezing fits, tired eyes, and tissue hoarding to concerned coworkers. But just allergies probably isn’t the right way to explain something that can lead to miserable days and sleepless nights for weeks at a time. While not contagious, allergy symptoms can be every bit as disruptive and insufferable as a cold to the person experiencing them.

So what can you do to create a healthier workplace environment? These four tips can help to keep your workplace cleaner and your team in tip top shape.

Make it Easy for Employees to Keep Personal Workspaces Clean

Minimizing allergens in the workplace starts with ensuring each employee takes the responsibility to keep their immediate workspace clean at all times. Make sure employees are reminded of this responsibility and have wipes and other cleaning supplies readily available for them to use. One of the most typical office allergens is dust. Regularly committing time to wiping down surfaces and equipment at least once a week can make a big difference.

Help Your HVAC Filter Do Its Job

Airflow is essential to removing allergens and pollutants from the air. Air that is stagnant never makes it to the filter in your HVAC system. Make sure your building’s vents are open and unobstructed by furniture or boxes. Creating an environment where air can flow freely will help the filter in your HVAC system do its job.
While airflow is a good thing, it depends on where the air is coming from. Open windows will increase airflow, but they also introduce pollen into the air inside your building. Your best bet for using air circulation to minimize allergens is a clean and unobstructed HVAC system.

Clean What Can’t Be Seen

Speaking of your HVAC system, when is the last time you took a close look at the vents and air ducts in your building? You wouldn’t believe the amount of dust and dirt that builds up over time, restricting airflow and leading to a constant and steady stream of airborne allergens. Sams has a high-powered, truck-mounted system designed to completely clear dust and debris from your vents. Using a rotating brush to scrub the vents, the system removes any build up as well. Best of all? There’s no cleanup required when we’re done. The system pulls the dirt out of your building to a collection container in the truck outside.

Professionally Clean Carpet and Upholstery

The carpet and upholstered furniture in your office acts like a trap for dust and all sorts of other airborne pollutants. It’s important that the carpeted floors be vacuumed regularly, but that’s not enough. The vacuum won’t pick up all the allergens, and in some cases will only agitate them.

In addition to helping your workplace look its best, professional carpet and upholstery cleaning is also a great solution for ridding your building of pollutants that activate employees’ allergies. The Sams team uses the latest technology and techniques and skilled professional technicians to hit the reset button on allergens, dirt, and grime in your company’s carpet.

Sams is Your Partner in the Fight Against Allergens

You don’t have to go it alone in your fight to minimize allergens from your workplace. The Sams team has a history of helping companies in the St. Louis area provide a safe, clean environment for their employees, and we can help you too. Contact us today to talk through strategies for keeping your workplace looking its best and your team feeling healthy and productive.

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