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Cleaning for Health

A strong relationship has been found between the quality of a facility’s cleaning and maintenance services and the health of a facility’s occupants.

Every year large sums of money are invested into the cleaning and maintenance of facilities. Did you know that this investment has an impact upon the health of the occupants of a facility? It is paramount to understand the ways that cleaning goes beyond image so that a facility’s occupants will have the healthiest environment possible.

Cleaning Surfaces

The cleaning of surfaces in a facility is one area in which special attention is required to prevent health issues. The two major facets of the surface cleaning process are cleaning and sanitizing. It is important to understand that a surface, such as a countertop or floor tile, can be clean of the visible dirt but could still pose a hazard to the health of facility occupants due to remaining pathogens. When a surface is sanitized, pathogens are destroyed or eliminated, rendering them to pose no danger.

Sanitizing Practices

Some of the areas that sanitizing practices are especially important would be in bathrooms, lunchrooms and break rooms. Microorganisms living on surfaces in these areas may cause infections and gastrointestinal illness. Our Health Cleaning products and procedures are designed specifically to safeguard against this.

Environmentally Safe Products

With the rise in allergies and asthma the selection of products used to clean a facility can have a high impact on the indoor air quality and therefore impact occupant health. We have chosen environmentally safe products specifically designed to clean and sanitize safely. Coupled with the appropriate application procedures we deliver the healthiest possible cleaning system.

Dust Management

Dust management is another important facet of the cleaning process. Dust can cause health issues such as irritation of lungs, eyes, nose, and throat, increased allergic reactions, and aggravate asthma. Productivity and absenteeism is greatly affected by dust in the air. Appropriate cleaning procedures and equipment will significantly reduce the concentration of dust particles and improve indoor air quality. Use of vacuums with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters will reduce air contamination. These filters are designed to trap 99.97% of the dust moving through the vacuum, while conventional vacuums just spew far greater quantities of dust back into the air.

Healthy indoor environment is additionally protected through the use of microfiber mop systems and dust cloths. Microfiber is a tightly woven material made from synthetic fibers that are less than 10 microns in diameter (approximately one tenth the width of a human hair). Microfiber-based cleaning products are able to reach into crevices and areas that normal cotton fibers cannot. This allows for deeper cleaning and better sanitation. The design of microfiber is such that it allows the dust and dirt particles to be trap and held in the cloth. Microfiber products also reduce the amount of cleaning solution required, contributing to further improvement in indoor air quality.

Your health and the health of your facility’s occupants is a top priority for Sherwood Services. We make sure that we use the most current technologies available to deliver the healthiest atmosphere possible.