Taming the Dust Bunny
- Posted by Sonlight Cleaning
- On September 20, 2019
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Imagine a small woodland creature with long ears, soft fur, and a cute button nose. A general consensus in the public has been reached: Bunnies are adorable. But when it comes to the other type of bunny–a dust bunny–well, the public is in agreement on that one as well and the polling numbers don’t look good.
The problem with dust is that it’s more than just a cosmetic inconvenience. It’s actually disgusting and, in some cases, unsafe when you get right down to it (microscopically speaking).
Dust can be comprised of a variety of particles including pollen, dirt, dead skin cells, hair, textile and paper fibers, etc. Depending on the specific conditions of your facility, the makeup of your unique brand of dust will be very specific. For example, a business that sells rugs wholesale would have a much higher percentage of textile fibers in their dust. A medical office, school, or church, which has many people coming in and out throughout the day, would likely have a higher percentage of dead skin and hair particles in their dust. An office products company might have a higher concentration of paper fibers.
In these scenarios, Sonlight Cleaning Service has a fairly standard approach to combating dust before it becomes a problem. A combination of hand dusting (using cleaning sprays specific to each type of surface), regular vacuuming, and strategic use of doorway rugs is usually a great way to start.
The dust in some facilities can be a bit more individualized and, therefore, deserves an individualized cleaning approach. There are two types of dust, in particular, that are worth addressing individually–corrugate dust and concrete dust–because they are often found in noticeably large quantities.
Businesses that process or handle corrugated boxes with regularity are prone to corrugate dust. In addition to being an irritant to lungs and eyes, corrugate dust creates a slippery surface on floors and can even create problems in machinery parts (imagine sprinkling sand onto your bicycle gears and you’ll get some idea of the effect). Floors must be wet mopped to remove corrugate dust particles and many businesses additionally upgrade their air filtration system.
The other type of “specialty” dust worth talking about is concrete dust. Caused by construction or renovation either within the facility itself or in close proximity, concrete dust is hazardous to the health of your workers. Concrete dust removal requires the use of industrial HEPA filter vacuums and, in the case of highly-concentrated dust areas, OSHA-approved masks during dust removal. Especially if your business is in an area of town that is rapidly developing or experiencing the ever-popular “gentrification,” you are probably exposed to more concrete dust than you think!
Don’t let dust create a visual nuisance or threat to health in your facility. Call Sonlight Cleaning Services to do battle against the dust bunny for you!