A Dozen Ways to Improve Your Facility’s Indoor Air Quality

Air pollution doesn’t just happen outdoors — it can also affect the air we breathe inside our workplaces. This is especially important to remember in the winter, when most people tend to spend more time indoors than outdoors. Since there’s little opportunity to open windows for fresh air, it’s vital to take steps to clean up the air inside your building to ensure a healthy environment for its occupants.

12 Ways To Improve Your Facility’s Air Quality


1. Implement door matting

Moisture is sure to make its way onto your floors during winter when snow melts. When released into the building in large amounts, that moisture can create mold and mildew issues. Utilize an effective matting system outside the doors as a first line of defense to keep moisture where it belongs.

2. Deal with dust

Dust is more than an unsightly inconvenience. It is made of particles of human hair and skin, animal dander, pollen, dirt and other irritants that can cause coughs or even allergic reactions. Use treated dust mops or the 3M Easy Trap System to eliminate dust from the hard floors in your facility.

3. Strip and finish your floors

Floor strippers remove buildup on your facility’s floors, like soil and wax. Unfortunately, many products used to strip floors and to finish them carry unpleasant odors that can negatively affect indoor air quality rather than improve it. Use low-odor floor strippers and finishes to clean without adding unpleasant odors.


4. Tend to carpets

Dust and other airborne particles accumulate and hide in the fibers of carpets and rugs. Your carpets may even be harboring germs that could compromise the health of your building’s occupants. Put together a schedule to ensure they’re being cleaned regularly to prevent the buildup of these particles.

5. Vacuum with a HEPA filter

High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters superpower your vacuum. By capturing particles much smaller than those that can typically be captured by vacuums, HEPA filters allow you to rid your facility of microscopic molds and germs. Change these filters once they become visibly dirty, or every 2 years.

6. Clean wet carpets

Even with a proper matting system in place, rain and melted snow will make it onto your facility’s carpets. The moisture sucked up by carpets will remain trapped in their fibers unless extracted. Clean them on a rotating schedule to help control moisture levels in the air.


7. Tend to waste receptacles

It should come as no surprise that trash cans and recycling bins are a potent source of airborne contaminants. If not removed daily, bags of trash can pose a real threat to the air quality in your facility as they get recirculated by your HVAC system. Protect the receptacles themselves from gathering unnecessary waste by lining them with a can liner.

8. Replace your HVAC filter

HVAC filters are a great line of defense against indoor air pollution. They help trap particles like pollen and dust, which may start being recirculated throughout your facility if not dealt with. Change out your HVAC filters every 30 days to prevent these irritants from returning to your indoor airflow.

9. Ensure proper ventilation

Doorways aren’t the only place at risk for mold and mildew if moisture isn’t taken care of. Restrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities are all likely to develop air quality issues if not properly ventilated.


10. Select cleaning chemicals carefully

There are many chemicals outside of floor cleaners that may carry unpleasant scents. When air quality is under consideration, choose those that are relatively fragrance-free. If you must use scented chemicals, ensure that they are powerful enough to withstand dilution, as that may help reduce the odor.

11. Utilize VOC compliant odor-control systems

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are hazardous air pollutants that can jeopardize the health of your facility’s occupants. They can be found in a wide variety of cleaning products, but many companies have started to address these chemicals and offer solutions that are either VOC-compliant or low-VOC.

12. Add efficiency to your cleaning regimen

Cleaning your entire facility can take a lot of time, effort and materials. Find opportunities to implement efficient cleaning equipment to improve the cleaning process. For example, in large areas utilize automatic scrubbers or carpet equipment to minimize chemical and water usage. Using fewer chemicals can help control the odors in your facility.

Taking any of the steps listed above can be a great start toward improving your facility’s indoor air quality. Contact us to learn about more products that can keep your occupants healthy throughout the winter months. 

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