Understanding and Addressing Common Indoor Allergens

As flowers begin to bloom, unfortunately, seasonal allergies also begin to appear. The reason why we see a surge in allergies during the springtime is due to plants beginning to release pollen into the air. While typically linked to outdoor settings, these allergens can easily find their way indoors through various means, such as open doors or even clinging to footwear. This influx of allergens and the usual accumulation of dirt in facilities raises significant health concerns if left unaddressed.

What are the common indoor allergens?

Seasonal allergies afflict over 100 million people and are commonly triggered by dust and mold. When your facility is not cleaned regularly, dust and mold can begin to accumulate. Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments and are typically too small for the human eye to see, making them tricky to clean. Additionally, in the United States, approximately 21% of asthma cases are linked to mold. Unaddressed leaks or spills can lead to mold growth within your facility, further exacerbating allergy concerns.

Strategies for reducing indoor allergens.

It’s important to take a proactive approach to cleaning this spring season. Evaluate your existing cleaning procedures and protocols to identify areas for improvement to help ensure thorough cleaning. Here are several recommendations to help effectively address indoor allergens.

Implement a routine maintenance schedule.

Implementing a routine maintenance plan can help combat allergens within your facility by guaranteeing consistent cleanliness. This proactive approach within your facility also aids in the early detection of water leaks, thereby helping catch mold growth early while simultaneously keeping dust mites under control.

Consider adding robotic self-guided vacuums into your cleaning routine to help handle dirt removal. These vacuums can work autonomously for 3 hours, covering over 50,000 square feet per week. This will help free up time on your cleaning team’s schedule and allow for consistent cleaning within your facility.

Use sustainable cleaning products.

Traditional cleaning chemicals can carry volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are emitted into the air during cleaning and can irritate the eyes, ears, nose, throat and lungs. The presence of these particles negatively affects your indoor air quality (IAQ), creating issues for everyone, especially those with asthma and allergies. Opting for sustainable cleaning products can help improve your IAQ. Look for certifications from reputable third parties, like Green Seal®, to help ensure your cleaning products do not contain any VOCs.

Another reliable, sustainable option is to use electrochemically activated solutions (ECAS). These solutions do not have any harmful additives or VOCs since they were created using just salt, water and electricity.

Outsource additional help.

The spring allergy season brings additional cleaning needs with the uptick in allergens. Outsourcing additional help allows your cleaning team to not be overwhelmed with the increased cleaning needs this season. At GSF USA, we have a team of trained cleaning professionals ready to help your facility. They will help ensure every area of your facility is thoroughly cleaned with the correct chemicals and equipment.

Keep springtime allergens at bay.

By implementing a cleaning plan this spring, you can effectively combat indoor allergens. Consistent cleaning and the use of sustainable cleaning products not only help reduce allergens but also promote a healthier indoor environment, overall improving your facility’s IAQ.

At GSF USA we care about clean and the people behind clean. Contact us to learn how we can help support your facility’s cleaning needs.



Maximizing Cleaning Efficiency: The Benefits of Scheduled Maintenance

When it comes to a successful facility, maintaining consistent hygiene standards is essential. Implementing a scheduled maintenance plan can be a game-changer to meet today’s public expectations. Regardless of the facility, prioritizing regular maintenance brings numerous benefits, such as a positive reputation, increased safety and cleanliness and averting additional costly expenses.  

Here are some of the main reasons scheduled maintenance can benefit your facility. 

Consistent Cleanliness

64% of consumers say a poorly maintained facility has made them leave. Scheduled maintenance is a powerful tool for helping maintain a consistently clean environment. With a well-established cleaning schedule in place, your cleaning team can proactively tackle dirt, grime, and any other potential hygiene hazards, helping prevent them from escalating into significant problems. It also helps send a message to your facility occupants that you care about the cleanliness of your facility, helping create a positive reputation

Upholds Hygiene Standards

Adhering to a predetermined cleaning schedule helps facilities effectively lower health risks related to pathogens and allergens. Regular disinfection of high-touch surfaces helps prevent the spread of illnesses and promotes a healthier environment for occupants. Additionally, scheduled maintenance allows for the timely identification of potential hygiene issues, safeguarding the well-being of everyone within the facility.  

Outsourcing cleaning professionals can help uphold your hygiene standards by providing specialized expertise and access to professional-grade equipment. These professionals can help ensure every part of your facility is being thoroughly cleaned. 

Extends Lifespan of Equipment

When using your cleaning equipment regularly, it’s essential to schedule time to check in and do routine maintenance. Having a scheduled plan allows your staff to know when equipment will be under maintenance and what needs to be checked when. This proactive approach helps prevent potential long-term damage because these checks can allow you to identify any issues or necessary repairs early on. 

Increases Productivity

Implementing a structured routine can empower your cleaning team, enabling them to start each day with clear objectives and timelines in mind. Having a scheduled maintenance plan provides your cleaning team with a comprehensive outline of the tasks for the day, assigns responsibilities, and specifies the duration of each task. This proactive approach minimizes the need for reactive responses, as potential issues are identified and addressed swiftly, helping create a consistently clean environment.  

Consider adding automatic cleaners into your routine to help boost productivity. Our robotic vacuums handle dirt removal and can operate autonomously for three hours, cleaning over 50,000 square feet weekly. This allows for more efficient cleaning within your schedule, giving your cleaning team time to focus their efforts elsewhere.  

We Care About Clean 

So why wait? Start reaping the rewards of scheduled maintenance today and take your cleaning strategy to the next level. At GSF USA, we understand the importance of maintaining a consistently clean environment. That is why we offer various services and products that ensure quality cleaning in your facility.  

To learn more about our services, visit www.gsf-usa.com