5 Tips When Dealing With Dust in Your Office

DUST

Dust is made up of extremely small particles (many of which are invisible to the naked eye) that become present in the air, travel, and then settle back to the ground, landing on our desks, tables, seats, window frames, blinds, and pretty much any other surface you can think of. Pollen, soot, hair, spoors, infestations, fabric fibers, plant material, micro-sized decaying insects, and even dead skin all contribute to the composition of that nasty stuff called dust.

Why is Dusting Essential in your Office?

Dusting is a necessary task that all office workers must perform. Noticeable dust generates an ugly-looking work environment, which people may interpret as neglect. Dusty offices are not only unappealing, but they can also make a contribution to the thing we call “sick office syndrome.” A well-dusted office building conveys an optimistic and pleasing image to all office visitors and occupants. A clean workplace encourages neatness, promotes better work behavior patterns, and can reduce absenteeism.

Dusting is also necessary to improve environmental safety. Accumulated dust can irritate the eyes, lungs, and body, and it can affect allergy sufferers. If dust is allowed to build up, it can soil hands, clothing, and other personal items, as well as cause electronic devices to malfunction. Air pollutants and dust can even spread disease. Dusting is an essential part of successful sanitation practices.

Dust accumulates, hardens, and becomes thick at edges and in hard-to-reach areas if proper dusting is not performed on a regular basis. Dust can stain tables and chairs and leave an unappealing film on glass and concrete floors. Dust left on hard surfaces for an extended period of time can cause permanent discoloration. Accumulated dust can also interfere with the effective functioning of office heating and cooling systems.

To properly dust your office, you should have the following supplies and equipment on hand: super absorbent cloths (damp for stripping away fingerprints and beverage rings, and dry for normal dusting), static brooms, extension dusters (for hard to reach areas), cotton cloths, furniture polish, all-purpose cleaner, and window cleaner. Backpack vacuums with brush attachments or crevice tools should also be used to reach hard-to-reach areas, and, of course, personal protection equipment (gloves, glasses, dust masks, etc.).

Below are the most frequent ideas for eliminating dust in your office:

1. Dust high surfaces first, then work your way down. Begin at one end of your office and work your way clockwise or counterclockwise.

2. Move objects, dust beneath them, and then place them back where they belong. In contrast, desk papers should not be moved. Any papers that have been left on workstations or tables should be dusted. Unless your employer has given instructions that you should not disturb any paperwork, you can move papers in a pile slightly to dust underneath them.

3. Wipe smudges and spots on walls, workstations, and other surfaces with a damp green soft microfiber as you move around the office. Remember to rinse the fabric with only water when it becomes soiled.

4. When cleaning computer screens or conference room flat television screens, use a dry microfiber cloth and gently wipe. Paper towels, tissue paper, and window cleaner can all scratch or damage the screen. You can use occlusive wipes designed for computers and LCD screens to remove fingerprints and smudges. Some offices will not allow you to clean either computer screens or monitors, so be sure to respect your clients’ wishes.

5. Dust will accumulate on any surface. Dust collects on clocks, picture frames, cabinet tops and sides, desk sides, partitions, air vents, lights, baseboards, and window sills, among other places where dust can accumulate.


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