asthma triggers

Cleaning and Asthma: Tips for Minimizing Common Triggers

asthma triggersAsthma is a chronic respiratory disease affecting more than 25 million Americans. To minimize potential triggers in your facility, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has recommended the following cleaning strategies:

  • Don’t rely too heavily on disinfectants. Some facility managers are under the impression that disinfectants are a good way to minimize symptoms of asthma for employees and other building inhabitants. In most cases, however, simply disinfecting an area isn’t enough. Regular dustings, carpet cleanings and extractions are the best way to tackle asthma attacks through cleaning.
  • Empty vacuum cleaner bags often. Keeping dust mites at bay is key to reducing asthma symptoms. Ideally, vacuum bags should be emptied before they’re more than one-third full. Empty vacuum bags will ensure your staff is able to effectively eliminate dust mites and other debris that may contribute to upper respiratory problems.
  • Dust on a regular basis. As we stated above, too many dust mites can aggravate symptoms of asthma. Use microfiber cloths to eliminate dust mites on a daily basis.
  • Maintain HVAC systems. A/C and heating filters should be changed on a monthly basis to prevent dust from circulating through the building. Filter enhancers can be sprayed onto A/C and heating units to capture more debris and allergens.
  • Have carpets professionally cleaned. Deep carpet cleans should be performed at least once a year. Regular vacuuming should be performed on a daily basis using a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuum. HEPA filters prevent trapped particles from escaping back into the air.

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