The Dangers of Dust

By: christineh Tuesday April 24, 2018 comments

If you are anything like the average American, then chances are you hate to dust. In fact, a survey by Better Homes and Gardens revealed that dusting is one of the ten most hated chores in American households. Sadly, it’s not exactly practical to get out the leaf blower to get rid of the accumulations of dust in your home.

Dust in the Office

Dusting should be a necessity to in professional environments, perhaps even more so than at home. In a home, dust can be unsightly but in an office building or business, it can make your environment seem unprofessional to prospective clients. Dust accumulation can also be a problem when it comes to your health and the health of those who enter your office. Some of the most common dangers of having dust in your workspace include the following:

  • Breathing Difficulties — People who suffer from severe asthma are susceptible to irritants that enter their lungs or breathing passages. The presence of dust and dust mites can cause life-threatening asthma attacks. Even if you do not have asthma, a heavy presence of dust can make it difficult to breathe.
  • Nasal Allergies — Almost 10 percent of all Americans, about 20 million people, are allergic to dust and dust mites. Normally, if a person who is allergic comes into contact with dust mites, they will begin to get itchy and watery eyes, symptoms similar pollen-related allergies. Contact with dust mites can also cause sneezing and nasal congestion. The best way to relieve these symptoms is by taking antihistamines but this can cause drowsiness—not an ideal situation for a workplace.
  • Skin Allergies — People who have skin allergies such as dermatitis and eczema can have flare-ups if they come into contact with dust. This can manifest itself in the appearance of red abrasions on the skin and severe itchiness that can lead to scratching until the skin is raw.

Benefits of a Dust-Free Environment 

In severe cases, dust accumulation has also been shown to do cognitive damage if the dust is made up of certain chemical compounds. Breathing, nasal, and skin problems are much more likely and can lead to agitated clients and lost work time by employees. Keeping your workplace dust free should be an important part of your professional cleaning regimen. A dust-free workplace keeps your office looking clean and professional, keeps your employees working, and assures an enjoyable atmosphere for your clients.

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