How Does Carpet Maintenance Affect Your Indoor Air Quality?
When you think of commercial cleaning, air quality is probably not the first thing that crosses your mind, but the truth is that indoor air quality (IAQ) is affected by a surprising commercial cleaning source: carpet maintenance.
Dr. Charles Gerba, University of Arizona microbiology researcher and Coverall spokesperson, conducted a study in which a group of people were asked to wear brand-new shoes for two weeks. After two weeks of wearing the shoes everywhere – to school, work, shopping, walking the dog – the shoe bottoms were tested for contaminants.
The results were worrisome:
- The shoes all had varying amounts of bacteria, some more than 420,000 units of bacteria.
- Potentially hazardous levels of E. coli were present on about one-third of the shoes.
- Greywater (wastewater generated from domestic activities like laundry, dishwashing, and bathing), food, drinks, grease, tar, and dust were found on all of the shoes to varying degrees.
These kinds of contaminants and bacteria hitch a ride on shoe bottoms into facilities where they can have a negative impact on indoor air quality; however, carpets act as an environmental filter, trapping soils, bacteria, and contaminants and stopping them from becoming airborne, which translates into healthier IAQ for everyone.
But, the effectiveness of carpeting as an environmental filter is dependent on maintenance. Carpets must be properly cleaned and maintained at regular intervals in order to protect IAQ.
This is where innovative commercial cleaning comes into play. With a focus on Indoor Air Quality, the Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System® Program offers an effective program for extracting dirt and germs, which helps to maintain a clean and healthy carpeted environment. Trained professionals evaluate each facility and make recommendations for regular carpet maintenance and special services, such as extraction.
To find out more about how a regular carpet maintenance program like the one Coverall Franchise Owners offer can help preserve the healthiness of your indoor air quality, read the whole article here. To get a price quote for your facility, click here.
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